The Los Angeles Lakers may still be without a head coach, but that isn't stopping the team from making some serious offseason moves.
After a franchise-worst 55 losses last season, this historically impressive team is looking to right the ship in a big way. That may come from its unusual high draft selection, or via a blockbuster trade.
Either way, this is a team poised to make some offseason noise.
The rumors surrounding the Lakers have grown exponentially since the 2014 NBA Finals officially came to an end. With the draft just days away, let's take a look at the most recent gossip surrounding this team.
The Lakers could sure use some help in the guard department, and it comes as no surprise the team is coveting Carter-Williams.
A fantastic rookie season in which he averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game quickly put Carter-Williams on the map.
Well, according to a tweet from Ryen Russillo, the Lakers liked what they saw:
More Embiid fallout. Lakers could move Nash and #7 to Philly for MCW and T Young. 76ers would take Exum at #3.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 20, 2014
It seems like a great fit; however, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times quickly shot down the rumor:
Also rumors of any sort of MCW deal to Lakers - I've heard aren't accurate - but then lots of lies this time of year— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) June 21, 2014
Even though Pincus has heard this isn't happening, keep a keen eye on this situation. After all, he does note that smoke screens are rather apparent this time of year.
Keeping the guard trend going, the Lakers have also been rumored to have interest in Thompson.
Golden State's shooting guard was simply fantastic last season, posting an average of 18.4 points per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from downtown.
The Lakers have been in discussions to acquire Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson for the seventh pick in next week's draft, The Times has learned.
The deal would be part of a larger three-way trade that sends Minnesota All-Star power forward Kevin Love to the Warriors. The Lakers are interested but the deal has been put on hold because of a difference in opinion within the Warriors' organization whether or not to keep Thompson while trying to obtain Love.
Well, like the aforementioned Carter-Williams rumor, this blockbuster trade was recently shot down by ESPN's Darren Wolfson:
This potential deal stalling out is apparently due to the Warriors' indecisiveness over Thompson, according to a report from Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
The Golden State Warriors have hit an impasse in their trade pursuit of All-Star forward Kevin Love due to what is being described as an "organizational split" on the willingness to part with prized shooting guard Klay Thompson, according to sources close to the process.
It appears as though another potential Lakers guard has slipped through the cracks.
The No. 7 Draft Pick
If the Lakers can't quite get a deal done for either of the aforementioned players, there's a possibility the team could look to improve their draft position to get the prospect of its choice, according to a tweet from Stein:
Word is Lakers more likely than not to keep No. 7 but they ARE exploring what can be had for their pick (either solo or packaged w/SNash)— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2014
This brings about plenty of possibilities. The Lakers could trade down to acquire more early-round picks, trade up to grab a prospect such as Dante Exum or package a deal for an NBA veteran.
One thing should be certain: This team is looking to rebound significantly. The Lakers will be looking for a prospect to come in and contribute at a high level right away. Options in the draft could be limited with that in mind.
If the Lakers decide to opt for a rookie, players such as Marcus Smart or Julius Randle could be under strong consideration.
The days leading up to the draft will only continue to become increasingly interesting.