Lakers should look into drafting UCLA star Aaron Holiday in the first round

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Here’s why the Lakers choosing to draft Aaron Holiday makes a lot of sense.

So we get already that the Lakers have transitions to make this summer, that’s a given. Good, bad, or ugly, one thing is certain in all of this and what will come — it will be different.

The entire young core will have matured through a full season, and it looks like they don’t want to have the easy way out based on how they’ve come out playing in the second half of the season.

However, with the trade that sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to Cleveland, part of their return there was a first round pick. Prior to this deal, the only draft selection that they would’ve had was a second round spot via Denver. Now, though, the Lakers have a chance to get another steal in the draft via Aaron Holiday, if they were to pick him.

Building more through the draft is key to sustaining long-term success again in the playoffs and beyond, and they can’t just trust free agency to solve their problems for them.

That being said, UCLA guard Aaron Holiday would be a great option for Los Angeles, as he’s extremely talented as he’s shown thus far in college, but the teams will likely have their sights on other prospects, allowing Holiday to slip through the cracks similar to how Kyle Kuzma did last summer.

With that in mind, here’s the two ways that draft Aaron Holiday would make a lot of sense for the Lakers.