Report: Lakers open to trading Metta World Peace for late 1st-round pick
The Los Angeles Lakers are exploring many trade possibilities in the lead up to the NBA Draft, and the team would consider trading forward Metta World Peace for a late first-round pick, reports FOXSportsOhio.com's Sam Amico.
Los Angeles would target Baylor forward Quincy Miller or Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague with that pick, Amico reports.
Amico reports that the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are both also interested in trading into the late first round. He mentions the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors, who hold the 27th and 30th picks, as possible trade partners.
Amico also floats a much more unlikely possibility for the Lakers:
"If the Cavs are able to move up and nab (Florida guard Bradley) Beal at No. 2, there’s talk the Lakers would be willing to make life easy for the Wizards and help them move out of the third spot. It would likely take power forward Pau Gasol. Far-fetched for now, but don’t be surprised if it’s something that’s explored in the right situation."
Any major trades would go against the plan World Peace would have if he was the general manager of the Lakers. He said Monday on the Dan Patrick Show that he "loves" the team's roster as it currently stands. "We are the best team in the NBA, " World Peace said. "We don’t need no changes. ... Obviously, everybody is really intrigued to see what up with this Lamar Odom situation, but we have the best team in the NBA."