LochNessLaker wrote:Hey everyone, first post from an overseas Laker fan here. Quick noob question. Do we get our 2015 pick back from Phoenix if we have one the 5 worst records or do we need the lottery to guarantee it as a top 5 pick first?
That's a great question - and welcome to the site!
I think it's always worded in this way: if the pick, as determined by the lottery (not by record), falls outside #5, then it's Phoenix's. Otherwise we keep it.
Thanks for the welcome and response. If that's the case I think we need to forget this notion of 'team tank' unless the Lakers are going to be seriously all in on losing enough games to secure one of the top 3 worst records.
Can you imagine how devasting it would be for the franchise to suck bad enough all year to get say the 4th worst record only to end up gifting Phoenix the 6th pick? And good luck convincing Kobe or Byron Scott to buy in to a tank of that nature.
Still holding out hope that the office has something up their sleeve after some cap space juggling. We need another decent piece or two before we start filling out the rest of the roster with minimum contract types.
Better call Saul...