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The Lakers need help at all positions, including point guard. They could luck out if Dante Exum slips in the draft, but that seems a remote possibility. There’s also Marcus Smart, a workhorse with good size and strength.
Another interesting possibility would be Darren Collison of the Los Angeles Clippers, who has the ability to opt out of his $1,985.500 player’s option and become an unrestricted free agent.
Collison started 35 games this season when Chris Paul was out with a separated shoulder, and was also an integral contributor off the bench during the Clippers’ playoff run.
The 6'0" guard can be a streaky shooter but had some big games recently, scoring in double figures three times against the Golden State Warriors in the first round and twice against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the semis.
As the 21st overall draft pick in 2009, Collison hasn’t been able to stick with one team, having played with the New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and the Clippers over five seasons.
Per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Lakers GM Kupchak is not only open to trading, but would also like to explore acquiring additional first-round draft picks:
We may look to get a pick some other way because we have guys we interviewed who aren’t going to be gone before the second round, but they’ll be around after [our current pick]. You only get so many assets in this league. Draft picks are an asset. There’s cap room, draft picks and players. Those are assets you can use to rebuild a team.
The Clippers currently hold the No. 28 pick in the first round. Would they consider trading the draft rights for that selection, Collison and perhaps either Danny Granger or Glenn “Big Baby” Davis for the Lakers’ No. 7 pick?
Given that Collinson, Granger and Davis all have player options, sign-and-trades would have to be worked out, extending their contracts and ensuring that they wouldn't simply be expiring contracts for the Lakers.
It would definitely be one way for the Lakers to start filling roster holes quickly.