Potential Trades Lakers Should Consider with No. 7 Pick

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Potential Trades Lakers Should Consider with No. 7 Pick
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The 2014 NBA draft lottery was held Tuesday evening, and true to the Los Angeles Lakers’ wretched season, they lost again.

With the sixth-worst record in the NBA, the Lakers dropped another notch—they now have the No. 7 overall pick.

Unless, that is, they choose to trade their pick away. Speaking at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, per Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak expressed a willingness to trade the team’s pick in order to better the team: "A high pick is valuable. You can select a player if there's a player there that you like, or you can look to move the pick and improve your team."

The Lakers will certainly be able to pick a quality player at No. 7. The question is whether they can turn that pick into a franchise game-changer through a trade.

On the other hand, this draft is loaded with hot prospects, and nobody yet knows who could fall or who could rise in the final order come draft night on June 26, 2014.

Here then are five possible trades the Lakers should consider, not necessarily ranked in order of preference or feasibility, given the challenges of draft-pick trades.

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