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Why don’t the Lakers have a pick in the first round of 2022 NBA Draft?

Here’s why LA doesn’t have a pick in the first round.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NBA Draft is approaching, and teams are looking to add some talent to their rosters. The Los Angeles Lakers will enter draft night without a pick in the first round. They can always trade for one but as things sit, let’s see why they don’t have a selection.

The Lakers traded their first-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis deal back in 2019. The pick ended up being No. 8 in this year’s draft due to the Lakers’ 33-49 record. With an aging and off-injured roster, the Lakers could have used this pick to help alter their future. There is a chance that they will look to trade one of their current pieces for a pick, but right now, that doesn’t seem likely.

The Lakers won a championship in the 2020, so doing the Davis trade was still worth it for LA until the Pelicans show extended postseason success as a result of the picks they got in the deal.