3 Lakers Who Could be Traded During the NBA Draft

The 2024 NBA Draft is finally here, so let's take a look at three Los Angeles Lakers players who could potentially be on the move Wednesday.
Rui Hachimura is one of three Lakers who could be moved at the 2024 NBA Draft.
Rui Hachimura is one of three Lakers who could be moved at the 2024 NBA Draft. / Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports
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Wednesday is a massive day around the basketball world as it marks Night 1 of the 2024 NBA Draft. Los Angeles Lakers fans are dying for the festivities to begin as their team currently holds the first round's No. 17 selection, allowing general manager Rob Pelinka to draft a potential franchise-altering player.

But the NBA Draft isn't only about welcoming the new rookie class to the league. Draft night has seen its fair share of big-time trades in the past and it wouldn't be shocking if GM Pelinka tries to pull off a deal if it means bringing Los Angeles one step closer to another Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Trades are a two-way street, though, meaning familiar faces must be sent packing to bring in new ones. With that in mind, here are three Lakers who could be traded at some point during the 2024 NBA Draft.

1. Rui Hachimura, SF/PF

If the Lakers want to add another legitimate contributor to their lineup, Rui Hachimura is one of their most attractive trade pieces. Not only is Hachimura relatively young (26), but he's also under contract for the next two seasons, carrying a $17 million cap hit in 2024-25 before it jumps up to $18.2 million in 2025-26.

During the regular season, Hachimura was one of the Lakers' more reliable supporting contributors. Splitting time between the starting lineup and bench, the former Gonzaga product showcased his versatility by averaging 13.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.6 steals. He also averaged 1.4 threes made on 3.4 attempts per game (42.2%).

However, Hachimura's playoff disappearance is one reason why the Lakers may move him for a more proven performer. He looked like a shell of his regular-season self once the playoffs arrived, averaging just 7.8 points on .395/.357/.500 splits while adding 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 steals.

Having said that, Hachimura's youth and regular-season showcase could be enough to entice a potential suitor to pull the trigger. He's far from a bad player, however, it's clear that the Lakers need someone with more experience to succeed and if they can acquire someone who fits the bill, they shouldn't hesitate to move Hachimiura.