With a number of directions to go having landed the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers now need to decide which path to take. There are a number of intriguing prospects available and while they lost on out Zion Williamson, they could strike gold on a different top draft pick. A trade for Anthony Davis has been highly publicized for some time now and adding the fourth overall pick in the draft helps sweeten the pot for the Lakers offer.

So just which direction will the Lakers take their fourth pick?

Scenario 1: Lakers Draft Jarrett Culver

The Lakers need shooting but also want to keep their cap flexibility open in order to sign another max free agent. Thankfully, picking at the fourth spot, their ability to go out and sign a max player isn’t impacted even if they decide to take someone with the fourth overall pick. With the rookie scale set to pay the fourth pick out just a shave over $5 million, the Lakers could still sign a max free agent and add a few other pieces as well before dipping into the luxury tax.

PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Brandon Ingram
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kyle Kuzma
C: Moritz Wagner

Bench: Jarrett Culver, Josh Hart, Isaac Bonga
Cap Space: $37,069,396

The Lakers simply have too many starting-caliber wings right now and even if they signed Culver, he would likely ride the bench behind Ingram, who slides down from his original forward position to play alongside James and Kuzma. While the Lakers hope he develops into much more, off the bat he could be effectively deployed as a combo guard off the bench, helping spell Ball and Ingram. With solid defensive chops as well, Culver is the type of prospect who can step in and contribute from day one.

Scenario 2: Lakers Draft Darius Garland

While Jarrett Culver projects to be a bit more of a two-way talent, Darius Garland could be the option if the Lakers want to go for pure offense here. A deadly pull up shooter from three, Garland was talented enough in his limited showing at Vanderbilt to cement himself as a top-five pick in most NBA mock drafts.

PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Brandon Ingram
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kyle Kuzma
C: Moritz Wagner

Bench: Darius Garland, Josh Hart, Isaac Bonga
Cap Space: $37,069,396

Similar to Culver in the sense that he could run at either the point or shooting …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

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Lakers Lineups & Cap Space for 3 Scenarios With No. 4 Pick in NBA Draft

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