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Lost in the disaster that is the Lakers season is the fact that they are without the first-round of the 2013 draft as any kind of respite. Even if they finish out of the playoffs, they won’t be drafting in the first round this year.
L.A traded four draft picks to acquire Steve Nash and another protected first round pick for Howard.
That’s potentially five young players gone over the next four years from a team that is the fourth oldest in the NBA and sits at sub-.500.
By dealing Howard, the Lakers could get an infusion of youth by getting back a 2013 first-round draft pick, while possibly recouping future first-round picks to help bring down the average age their roster (28.8).
This year’s draft is supposed to be a weak one, but don’t be so quick to dismiss it.
Wasn’t the same lack of confidence spread amongst the 2011 entries? The same class that produced Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Nikola Vucevic and Kenneth Faried.
That draft found starters in second-round picks in Chandler Parsons and Isaiah Thomas.
Getting back into the draft would be worth it with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in their twilight years. What better time than now to get young talent to learn from them for the future?