7.02.2012

Lakers Tried to Snare Sullinger

The Lakers spent most of Thursday trying to trade their way into the first round but ended up almost where they started in the NBA draft.

They moved up slightly by spending about $500,000 to acquire Darius Johnson-Odom from the Dallas Mavericks, who took the Marquette guard with the 55th pick. The Lakers then selected Gonzaga center Robert Sacre with the draft's 60th and final pick.

They dangled Pau Gasol in an attempt to get into the draft's first few picks but came away empty. Then they tried to join the first round a little after its midpoint to grab Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger but were deflated when Boston took him with No. 21.

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