Since the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to trade Anthony Davis with the New Orleans pelicans, there were some question marks as to whether they would retain enough space to sign another maximum free agent.
This was clarified a bit when it was reported that the Lakers are trying to get rid of the wages of their remaining players like Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to get maximum floor space capacity even though the deal was completed on July 6 July 30th. Davis would also have to give up his $ 4 million kicker to help ease that.
If they can do that and hire another All-Star player, such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler or Kemba Walker, then the Lakers will need to fill in their list of players with minimum offers.
In order to help do this, it seems that the Lakers are trying to buy picks from the second round of teams before the NBA Draft 2019, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Lakers are aggressively pursuing pickups in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday, league sources told ESPN. These choices will offer two important things for LA: acquisition of cheap labor and ability to exceed the wage ceiling with these minimum contracts. https://t.co/19s9qn8Lbm
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019
The second round choices have no limits, so they do not affect team space and the ability to sign a third All-Star player. In addition, they would have the bird's rights of these players in the future, giving them the ability to overcome the limit to sign them again.
The Scouting Department and the Lakers front office were able to find gems in the second round of the NBA Draft in the past, most notably Jordan Clarkson and Ivica Zubac.
They did not disclose the players who are training before the draft, but considering how the cast prepares to take a look, wing and guard players who have the ability to shoot basketball will presumably be the type to be able to get some choices.