Sources: Lakers into draft, get No. 35 from Magic
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired the Orlando Magic’s No. 35 pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft for a future second-round pick and cash, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Lakers were without a pick and had been working to move into the draft. The Pelicans own the Lakers’ first-round pick (No. 9), stemming from the Anthony Davis trade.
The Magic have the No. 1 pick in the draft as well as the No. 32 pick. The Lakers don’t outright own a first-round pick until the 2026 draft.
In another move, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the No. 49 pick from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the rights to Sasha Vezenkov, it was announced.
Vezenkov, 26, was a first-team All-EuroLeague forward this season. He was the 57th pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
The Cavaliers now have four picks in tonight’s draft: Nos. 14, 39, 49 and 56.
After winning just 22 games in 2020-21, the Cavs went 44-38 last season under coach J.B. Bickerstaff and barely missed the playoffs. They made the play-in tournament but lost to Brooklyn and Atlanta. This year is the first time the Cavs haven’t drafted in the top five since 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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