2011 NBA Draft: 5 Players Mitch Kupchak and the L.A. Lakers Should Trade Up For

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2011 NBA Draft: 5 Players Mitch Kupchak and the L.A. Lakers Should Trade Up For
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With the 2011 NBA Draft now just 10 days away, L.A. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak may look to package his four second-round draft picks along with a current player to trade up into the first round of this year's draft.  

Look, the Lakers aren't drafting four guys in the second round, because the chances that any of those players would make the team is extremely slim.  Yes, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter were second-round picks last year that made the team, but there simply isn't room on the roster for any more second-tier talent that may end up in the D-League.  The Lakers need quality depth, period. 

Ebanks will definitely be back on the team next season and Caracter most likely will be brought back as well.  I wouldn't be surprised if Trey Johnson earns a roster spot in training camp. either; he's an extremely athletic wing and an explosive scorer on the perimeter, two traits the Lakers are desperately seeking. You aren't going to find anyone better than Trey Johnson late in the second round of the draft.

There will be a couple of openings on the roster as Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff will not be returning, but Kupchak will certainly look to the free agent market to fill those spots.

So if the Lakers are indeed able to package their picks along with another player on their roster to move up into the first round, who can they realistically target? 

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