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Lakers Rumors: Hawks, Pistons willing to sell 2nd round draft picks

It’s not a secret that the Lakers are looking to move up in the draft. A report indicating as much preceded general manager Rob Pelinka flat out admitting the team wanted to move into the draft.

Finding a team to trade with will be the tricky part of the endeavor as the supply isn’t always there and the demand could be high for the few picks available. While there will be a firmer grasp on the availability of picks on draft night itself, a pair of teams could be emerging as potential targets for the Lakers.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Pistons and Hawks both are looking to move second round picks.

The Lakers are widely known to be pursuing a second-round draft selection. The Hawks (No. 44) and Detroit Pistons (No. 46) have picks in the 40s that are considered available, sources said.

Memorably, the No. 46 pick has been very, very good to the Lakers. Both Talen Horton-Tucker and Jordan Clarkson were selected 46th and both went on to have successful careers with the purple and gold. Based on nothing but history, that 46th pick could be the one to target.

The Lakers have worked out a handful of prospects that are expected to be second round picks, most recently being Jabari Parker in Tuesday’s workout. The team obviously has confidence they’ll be able to move into the second round and has the money to do so. According to Hoops Rumors, the Lakers can send out $4.4 million in trades to buy a pick.

That would be more than enough to acquire one pick and could potentially give them two picks, though nothing has indicated they’re searching for multiple picks. For now, though, their desire to buy a pick is a great sign for the Lakers as they can use one of their biggest strengths in their financial power.

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