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ESPN: Lakers Prefer to Use 2024 1st-Round NBA Draft Pick for Trade, Not Bronny James | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on May 10, 2024

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The Los Angeles Lakers hold the No. 17 and No. 55 overall picks in next year’s NBA draft, naturally bringing up speculation on whether the team would select USC guard Bronny James to join his father, superstar LeBron James.

On Wednesday, sportscaster Rich Eisen chatted ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, who mentioned the team’s desire to have James retire in purple-and-gold someday (and in essence keep him happy enough in town to stay aboard).

Eisen later asked if “giving LeBron James what he wants” meant drafting his eldest son, and this was McMenamin’s response (17:20 mark):

“I don’t think so,” McMenamin said. “So you look at the Lakers, they have the No. 17 pick in the first round, the No. 55 pick in the second round. If Bronny James stays in the NBA draft, he’s not going to be drafted in the range of 17 and he’s going to be off the board by 55.

“And with the value of that 17 pick—the true value I should say—being a potential trade asset for the Lakers being able to move three first-round picks on draft night potentially to acquire a big name ready to perform. Someone on the level of a Dejounte Murray, or a Trae Young, or a Donovan Mitchell, that pick will certainly not be used on anyone if they had their druthers, and it wouldn’t be used on Bronny James.

“And quite frankly, if you listen to LeBron’s messaging, really over about the last year-and-a-half, it hasn’t been, ‘I need to play with my son.’ It’s, ‘I need to share the NBA court with my son.’ And that can happen as opponents.”

This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

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