The Lakers were still trying to trade their way into the first round Thursday afternoon but nothing was imminent as the draft inched toward its 4:30 start.
The Lakers haven't had a first-round pick since 2007 (Javaris Crittenton) but were willing to part with four-time All-Star Pau Gasol if it got them high enough to draft Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Kidd-Gilchrist was expected to be among the top five picks after helping take the Wildcats to the NCAA championship last April.
The Lakers have also fielded calls from the Atlanta Hawks, who offered a swap of power forwards, Josh Smith for Gasol. There did not appear to be much momentum for that trade to take place as of Thursday afternoon.