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Report: Lakers trade for the Magic’s No. 46 overall pick


The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired the No. 46 pick in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft from the Orlando Magic in exchange for future draft compensation and cash consideration, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Los Angeles subsequently selected Iowa State’s Talen Horton-Tucker at No. 46. One of the most unique players in this year’s draft class, Horton-Tucker averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for the Cyclones as a freshman. Standing only 6-foot-4, he plays much bigger than his height suggests due to his burly 238-pound frame and ridiculous wingspan of just over 7-foot-1. Horton-Tucker is best with the ball in his hands at this stage of development, but fared well on spot-up attempts last season and in theory has the size to defend multiple positions – especially once he tightens up his body.

The Lakers were one of the biggest winners of the draft lottery, rising all the way up to No. 4 despite finishing with the league’s 11th-worst record last season. Rather than add to the team’s young core, though, Los Angeles traded the fourth overall pick along with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and two additional future first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for six-time All-Star Anthony Davis.

The Pelicans, after multiple reports suggesting they were looking to trade their extra top-five pick for an established young impact player, ultimately sent No. 4 to the Atlanta Hawks for No. 8, No. 17, and No. 35. The Hawks took Virginia forward DeAndre Hunter fourth, while New Orleans took Texas center Jaxson Hayes, Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Brazil wing Marcos Louzada Silva with the selections it received from the Hawks.

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