Lakers will rue day Kidd-Gilchrist got away

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT

Of all the young players paraded on-stage with Commissioner David Stern on draft night last month, ’s was the one most suited to join the Lakers, or any other serious contender, and help right away.  Given owner ’s track record as a talent evaluator, it’s almost amazing the took Kidd-Gilchrist second overall, after his champion teammate went first to New Orleans. But it was the right spot for Kidd-Gilchrist, who won’t be 19 until September.  The Timberwolves, who intelligently want to add Pau Gasol’s veteran presence to their young core of players, tried to swap last year’s No. 2 overall pick, tweener forward Derrick Williams, to the Bobcats to get the pick and send it to the Lakers for Gasol.

 

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