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The Lakers Narrowly Avoided Total Catastrophe At The Lottery

The Lakers Narrowly Avoided Total Catastrophe At The Lottery

During Colangelo's 21-minute media availability Wednesday, the day after the Sixers got the No. 3 pick at Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery in NY, he said he thinks the Sixers might be able to have their cake and eat it, too. The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers round out the top three picks.

Those assumptions might be premature, however. And with a direct path to the Lakers for the UCLA star, his lightning-rod father has declared the Ball brand will only be auditioning for the hometown franchise. In an interview with Lakers Nation, he said his son will only work out for Los Angeles, which landed the No. 2 pick.

"The Lakers make the playoffs as soon as my boy gets there", LaVar said.

The New Orleans Pelicans did not move into the top three and therefore owed their pick at tenth overall to the Sacramento Kings.

Ultimately, Tuesday night was a big win for the Lakers' rebuild. The Celtics defeated the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday and will now add the No. 1 pick - Washington guard Markelle Fultz, perhaps - to an already talented roster.




With their fourth top three pick in a row, Philadelphia can start to gel together the image of a formidable team.

Here's Joel Embiid's reaction to the lottery results. In the 2015 NBA Draft, they selected Jahill Okafor with the third overall pick. The Lakers got very lucky today, but this could still get funnier.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George. Jayson Tatum from Duke, Jonathan Isacc from Florida State, Lauri Markkanen out of Arizona and Justin Jackson of North Carolina could possibly be in the mix at the number four pick.

"I'm sure we'll hear in the next little while", Ainge said Tuesday night. Russell is an attractive piece for any team looking for a point guard not only because of his youth and potential, but also because of his cheap contract.

The Suns finished with the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association this past season.

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