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Lakers take Duke F Ryan Kelly with 48th pick

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 28, 2013 at 12:33 am •  Published: June 28, 2013
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"We've done some research and we're very familiar with the injury," Kupchak said. "In fact, he's been cleared to play last week. But I don't think he's going to play for another week or two. I don't think he'll participate in summer league. I don't think there's any need to rush him."

The Lakers haven't had a first-round pick since 2009, when they selected guard Toney Douglas from Florida State with the 29th selection and promptly traded his rights to the New York Knicks for a second-round pick in 2011 plus cash.

They sent this year's first-round pick (No. 19) to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the trade that brought them point guard Ramon Sessions late in 2011-12. Sessions opted to sign as a free agent with the Charlotte Bobcats after playing only 23 games for the Lakers.

Kelly said he looked forward to joining the Lakers.

"It's a great opportunity," he said. "I'm looking forward to taking advantage of it."