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EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. (AP) - The NBA draft came and went, and the core of the Los Angeles Lakers remains the same.
Despite rumors of potential trades that would have altered their roster, the Lakers didn’t make any significant moves Thursday. Instead, Los Angeles drafted two guards and a pair of forwards with its four second-round selections.
“You know what you get when you draft a player in the 40s or 50s,” Kupchak said. “Which is a player you hope makes your team. We don’t know that, it’s not like drafting in the lottery.”
Los Angeles picked Chukwudiebere Maduabum out of the NBA Developmental League at No. 56 and Ater Majok from Sudan two picks later. Maduabum was later traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future second-round pick.
The Lakers didn’t have a first-round pick for the second straight year. The pick was sent to New Jersey with guard Sasha Vujacic in exchange for Joe Smith and a pair of second-round choices.
The Lakers fortified the point guard position by taking hometown product Morris with the first of those picks. He was named to the All-Big Ten third team as a sophomore, setting a Michigan record with 235 assists.
Morris averaged 15 points and 6.7 assists last season.
The team added a sharpshooter in Goudelock, who holds the College of Charleston career scoring record with 2,571 points. He averaged 23.7 points and 4.2 assists as a senior and will attempt to fill the role of 3-point specialist for the Lakers.
“I got a little junk in my game. So I like to do a lot of different things,” Goudelock said. “People know I can shoot, so I try to create a lot of things for myself.”
Brown has provided energy and athleticism off the bench the last 2 1/2 years but has yet to decide whether to exercise his $2.7 million option for next year. Kupchak said if he had to guess, Brown would not extend his contract.
The Lakers were linked to a number of trades in the days leading up the draft, including a rumored proposed swap of forward Lamar Odom for Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala. Kupchak shot down the rumors, while stopping short of saying the roster would remain the same heading into next season.
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