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In both 2015 and 2016, former Lakers vice president of public relations John Black was the team's representative in the drawing room.

Some cite the knee injury he suffered in high school, while others are of the belief that his lack of team success in college should be held against him.

They never attempted to put a competitive team on the court under general manager Sam Hinkie, who resigned in April after overseeing a plan to accumulate draft picks but not wins.

If you like those odds, then you won't mind the Charlotte Hornets' chances in Tuesday night's annual National Basketball Association draft lottery, when the Hornets will be one of 14 teams in contention for a top-three pick in next month's draft. The least likely outcome on Tuesday is that the Lakers land in the no. 6 spot, 4.0 percent. Unfortunately, none of those players are power forward types.

While they could hope to find a gem in the draft's second round, bringing in someone who is young and already somewhat used to the league works better.

The Timberwolves selected point guards Ricky Rubio fifth and Jonny Flynn sixth in 2009. The combination of a draft loaded with top talent - led by point guards Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball - combined with big-market teams such as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks all near the top of the lottery odds gives this year's event an even higher level of excitement than usual. Assistant GM Glenn Carraro and strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco also resigned. In 2012 they agreed to a trade with the Suns that they thought would solve that problem. "We want to look at all these options before we get into it". Okafor would also complement scoring sensation Devin Booker quite nicely as part of the roster.

The Lakers have a 46.92% chance of keeping their lottery pick for next month's draft.

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In 188 games (138 starts), Harris has averaged 26.3 minutes, 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

If the point guards are moving up the board, there are other players that will be sliding down. If that occurs, there's a possibility the Wolves could trade the pick and move down.

Whatever role the Lakers' top-three protected draft pick might play in accelerating their rebuilding process, they will get clarity on one thing this week: whether they actually get to keep the pick.

"They think it's a deep draft", Taylor said.

The Sixers could wind up with two picks in the lottery (thanks to the Lakers), but that's not all that's on the line Tuesday night. Those could be magic for the Hornets, who once before "won" the draft lottery in 1991 and took Larry Johnson at the No. 1 spot.

Philadelphia certainly won't complain, not after doing no better than No. 3 in the previous two drafts during a three-year process where the focus was more on building for the future than trying to win in the present.

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