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article image2014 NBA Mock Draft: LA Lakers looking for front court help?

By Larry Seely     Apr 9, 2014 in Sports
Los Angeles - It's official, the LA Lakers have had the worst year in the history of the franchise, losing 53 games so far during the 2014 NBA season. GM Mitch Kupchak will have his hands full this summer trying to add the right mix of players, but help is on the way.
The first order of business is the upcoming draft and with a likely top-five pick and an early selection in round two, the roster will be improved next season.
Reports have come out of Los Angeles about the possible return of Steve Nash, a move that will be costly in terms of dollars, but could be a terrific move with his leadership skills on and off the court. If these reports are true, look for Kupchak to concentrate on the front court in the first round.
The latest mock from Sports illustrated has the Purple and Gold adding Aaron Gordon of Arizona. The young freshman had a terrific season with the Wildcats, showing his ability to play on both ends of the court. His rebounding skills are the best part of his game at this stage, but he has the skills to become an effective scoring option and the size to replace Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman, both of whom should be playing elsewhere in the next year or two.
Round two should be interesting as a number of talented players will be available. One option is C.J. Fair of Syracuse. With four years of college experience and good size for a small forward, he could provide some depth next season and possibly become a starter in the near future.
Another option is guard Deonte Burton of Nevada, also a four year college player. Burton would give the LA Lakers a solid player who can play either guard position and the type of player that could have a solid NBA career if matched with the right franchise.
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