The NBA Draft is well into the second round which means picks and players are being traded left and right. The tradition of teams buying picks for cash continued in 2012 with both the Nets and Lakers picking up second round picks for cash.
The Nets bought the No. 54 pick from the Clippers, then used it to select Tornike Shengelia, a forward from Belgium. The Mavericks were up next with the No. 55 pick, but the Lakers swooped in with a cash offer to buy it. By buying the pick, the Lakers bought back what was once theirs. The No. 55 pick was used in the trade that sent Lamar Odom to the Mavericks during the offseason.
Lakers just bought the 55th pick from the Mavs via sources … which used to be owned by the Lakers ironically— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 29, 2012
With the pick, the Lakers added Darius Johnson-Odom, a shooting guard from Marquette.