Report: Magic sells No. 35 pick to Lakers, Kings (sort of) sells No. 49 pick to Cavaliers

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The Lakers have been drafting so well recently that we can expect them to at least slightly outperform their draft slot. Which meant giving up so many choices in the Anthony Davis trade was particularly costly.

But Los Angeles came back in the 2022 NBA draft by trading with the Magic — one of two at least partial second-round sales today, the other involving the Cavaliers getting a pick from the Kings.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Orlando Sentinel Khobi Award:

Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor:

Depending on how much they pay Orlando, the Lakers might even get away with this deal financially. Draft picks signed with minimum-wage contracts count less toward the luxury tax than free agents signed at the minimum.

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Considering the height of the No. 35 pick and the fact that he sits in what looks like a relatively strong range of this overall weak draft, it will likely cost the Lakers money. Which isn’t a bad thing for a team trying to impress LeBron James ahead of his contract extension decision.

It’s worth emphasizing: Paying to get an extra draft pick is also good for maximizing results on the field.

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The Lakers also gave up a second round in 2028, when they have their own and the Wizards’. The Magic — who still have the No. 1 and 32 picks tonight — might like to have such a distant asset. But getting the money was obviously part of the deal. It’s a little disappointing that Orlando is selling such a high pick rather than using him to improve the team, although that won’t diminish the luster of using the No. 1 pick tonight.

The Cavs are a somewhat surprising prime buyer. They already had three selections (No. 14, 39 and 56). But another choice provides another opportunity to hook a contributor.

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I don’t know how much the Kings appreciate Sasha Vezenkov. I know they estimate $1.75 million.

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Report: Magic sells No. 35 pick to Lakers, Kings (sort of) sells No. 49 pick to Cavaliers originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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