Lakers trade for picks

The Lakers completed a trade with the New Westminster Salmonbellies this weekend that will see the Lakers' draft opportunities increase by three over the next two years. In exchange, the Lakers have given up the playing rights of Justin Salt as well as the Lakers' second and third round picks in the 2021 draft, subject to conditions.

Justin Salt was drafted by the Lakers as the 10th pick overall in the 2012 draft. Since then, he has been on the Lakers roster every season, suiting up for a total of 98 games and accumulating 94 points in that time. In 2013, Salt was the recipient of the WLA's Fred Wooster Award as the league's Unsung Hero.

Most recently, in 2018, he was sidelined by injury and only dressed for five games.

In exchange for Salt's playing rights, the Lakers will receive the Salmonbellies' first and second round picks in this week's 2019 draft as well as New West's first round pick in the 2021 draft. If Salt dresses as a Salmonbellie at any time during the 2019 or 2020 seasons, then the Lakers will retain their second and third round picks in 2021.

The Lakers thank Justin Salt for his hard work and dedication with the club and wish him the best in the future.

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