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Lakers Rumors: Possible trade packages for the second overall pick

20 May 2017

The Lakers moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. The Knicks own the 44th and 58th overall selections while also possessing the ability to purchase a second-round pick on Draft night.

The Suns' bad luck, combined with the repeated good luck of more nationally-prominent teams, has led some fans, including those in Phoenix, to believe the NBA Draft Lottery system is rigged.

According to SI.com, Tatum's "potential to become a quality jump shooter and perhaps a multi-positional defender makes him a great fit (for the Sixers)".

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The Sixers could also trade down in the draft, or they could even trade the pick away.

In any case, there is still some time to go before the Lakers will have to make their big decisions with regards to the draft and possibly even Russell, and this situation could develop as more teams get their offseason plans in order as well.

Since he is heading into his fourth season since being the No. 3 pick in the draft, the Sixers can extend Embiid's rookie contract beginning with the 2018-19 season for roughly $130 million over five years or $100 million over four. The Sixers could always put together a nice trade package to trade for a superstar, but the probability of that happening may be low. Now they have the No. 1 seed, the No. 1 pick, and, since the Nets get nothing to help themselves, a good chance at another top three pick next season. However, it could still be a possibility.

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Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. native Lonzo Ball, which could render Russell's skillset somewhat redundant.

Colin Cowherd thinks the Celtics should take the latter approach, as Boston has a chance to win now and there's no guarantee that Markelle Fultz (or whoever else the C's might pick) will be able to offer major contributions during the team's championship window. He'd complement Ben Simmons well, but this trade seems highly unlikely, especially since Fultz is a highly touted prospect and the Celtics probably want him just as bad as anyone else does.

The Philadelphia 76ers could do a few different things with the third overall pick in the draft, and most of the options they have would still benefit the team greatly.

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After the NBA Draft Lottery, Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Bryan Colangelo summed it up with, "That's the way the balls bounce".

Lakers Rumors: Possible trade packages for the second overall pick