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June 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
On most NBA draft nights, the Lakers could look at other teams unworried that they had an insignificant stake in the selections. The Lakers usually came off championship seasons. The previous labor deal allowed them to spend nearly infinite amounts of money to acquire players more equipped to help them win now, not later.  Opponents' efforts in restocking their roster worried the purple and gold very little. The circumstances are different entering Thursday's NBA draft.  The Lakers need to acquire younger talent.  Because of the more punitive luxury taxes stemming from the new collective bargaining agreement, they can no longer simply outspend teams.
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