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NBA Rumors: Lakers trade for pick No. 35 from Magic in 2022 NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired the No. 35 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft from the Orlando Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. In exchange, the Lakers are sending out a future second-round pick and cash.

The last time the Lakers bought a draft pick, ironically, it also came from the Magic. In 2019, the Lakers bought the No. 46 pick from Orlando and selected Talen Horton-Tucker. Coincidentally, he is also the last player the Lakers drafted.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka had expressed a desire to trade for a draft pick and utilize their scouting department that has made a habit of finding diamonds in the rough. A bit surprisingly, the Lakers were able to work out a trade ahead of the draft itself.

Even despite not having a pick during the predraft process, the Lakers had brought in a number of prospects that were considered second-round picks for workouts. That confidence in their ability to acquire a pick clearly paid off and now the Lakers are positioned to take advantage of those workouts.

For a full list of players the Lakers worked out this predraft process, take a look at our draft workout tracker.

The No. 35 pick is the highest pick the Lakers have had since 2018 when they selected Moritz Wagner with the No. 25 pick. It’s the highest second round pick they’ve had since drafting Ivica Zubac No. 32 overall in the 2016 NBA draft.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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