The Lakers spent most of Thursday trying to trade their way into the first round but ended up almost where they started.
They moved up slightly in the NBA draft, acquiring the rights to Marquette point guardDarius Johnson-Odom for an unspecified amount of cash. Johnson-Odom was drafted 55th overall by Dallas.
The Lakers took 7-foot Gonzaga center Robert Sacre with the 60th and final pick in the draft.
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 past its midpoint to grab Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger but were deflated when Boston took him with No. 21.
They also had their eye on Baylor center Perry Jones III but couldn’t find a trading partner as his stock tumbled amid media reports of a knee problem. He eventually went 28th to Oklahoma City.