In the first of what is expected to be a plethora of wheeling and dealing, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers broke the ice late Wednesday night.
The 76ers do not have enough roster spots to accommodate all of their selections in the NBA draft tonight, so they moved one of them.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Sixers sent the 39th overall pick in the draft to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019, previously owned by the Chicago Bulls, along with cash considerations.
The Lakers have acquired the 39th pick in Thursday’s Draft from the 76ers, league source tells ESPN. Lakers will send Philly its 2019 second round pick via Bulls and cash.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2018
Philadelphia was set to enter the draft with four second-round picks, so this move was not unexpected.
Los Angeles, however, is in need of players to fill out its short-staffed roster, regardless of what happens this summer in regards to its huge hopes for the free-agency period. Before this deal was made, the Lakers did not own a second-round pick, that belonging to the Brooklyn Nets this year.
The Lakers have the 25th overall selection, courtesy of the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was acquired along with Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. on Feb. 8. Los Angeles also has the 47th overall pick, the 39th selection acquired from Philadelphia on Wednesday night giving it three picks tonight.