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Though they didn’t quite win the lottery on Tuesday, the Lakers were the big victor once the ping-pong balls were processed. Not only did the Lakers avoid the disaster that would have followed if they’d fallen to No. 6, but by landing at No. 2, Los Angeles also is that much more attractive as a potential free-agent destination this summer. That’s according to player representatives who will have major free agents on the market this summer. Sporting News

Nets Daily: Doesn't like Mudiay, sees red flags on maturity. Says Knicks have 4th pick in 3 player draft. Big setback. Twitter @NetsDaily

The Lakers and 76ers will pick second and third, respectively. Philadelphia has been linked strongly to Russell. Mills wouldn’t comment on Russell, but did offer something on Mudiay, a former Dallas high schooler. “Mudiay is potentially a very good player,” Mills said. “We haven’t worked him out yet. He’s a guy who will be in the mix.’’ New York Post

The Minnesota Timberwolves had the best odds – a 25% chance – of winning the top pick in the 2015 NBA draft lottery on Tuesday. And the Timberwolves ended the trend of the team with worst record not getting the No. 1 pick in the draft. It's the first time since 2004 that the team with the worst record also got the No. 1 pick and just fifth time it has happened in 31 years. "It's very exciting for me and for our fans," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said. "There's going to be a lot of enthusiasm – who you're going to pick and how you're going to do that. And that's a process that will start now." USA Today Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers pick second, the Philadelphia 76ers third, the New York Knicks fourth and the Orlando Magic fifth. "More excited than anything," Lakers coach and former Lakers guard Byron Scott said. "This is the first time I've done this. I was excited to do this because of our organization. You guys know how much pride I have in the organization, so this was a big deal to me. To be able to come here and secure the second pick, I guess I can go back home and say, 'I'm sorry I didn't get the first pick for you guys, but No. 2 ain't bad.' " USA Today Sports

Johnson argued the Lakers should select either Kansas’ Karl Anthony-Towns or Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. But Scott maintained “we’ll take the best player available.” Other candidates include point guard (Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, China’s Emmanuel Mudiay) or small forward (Duke’s Justise Winslow, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson). “With our roster,” Scott said, “we need help in a lot of different areas.” Los Angeles Daily News

Instead, they'll draft second, behind the Minnesota Timberwolves after jumping in the draft lottery on Tuesday. "We played like crap all season so it's only right we get the #2 pick HA #lakerluck #goodday," tweeted Kobe Bryant. The top prospects in the draft are probably Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns. The Lakers are absolved from choosing between the two, assuming the Wolves don't go in a different direction, perhaps Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell. Los Angeles Times

The Sixers are likely to end up with four first-rounders in 2016 — their own, the Lakers’ pick (which becomes top-3 protected), the Heat’s (top-10 protected) and the Thunder’s (top-15 protected). As for potentially trading the pick, Hinkie indicated that’s unlikely. “That seems really hard to believe (the pick would be more valuable to another team),” he said. “We’re clearly building through the draft. We’re clearly trying to find star players. There might be other teams more interested and more committed to that sort of thing, but I doubt it.” The Intelligencer

But he certainly wouldn't have a problem settling into a New York state of mind and suiting up as a teammate of Carmelo Anthony's if the Knicks end up selecting him with the fourth overall pick in the June 25 draft at Barclays Center. "I would love to, but I don't know where I'm going to end up," Mudiay said once the lottery results were unveiled at the Hilton in midtown. "He's a superstar in this league and somebody that knows the game in and out, so he would definitely give me some good advice if I was to go there." Newsday

In a perfect world, Riley has made it clear he would like to draft a player similar to Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson, who was the 11th pick of the 2011 draft. A player such as Thompson would complement the Heat’s current backcourt, which is heavy on attackers but could use some additional shooting touch from outside. “A lot of times you have a player or two players who are playmakers that are your best playmakers and your best scorers, but they might not have that kind of range or that kind of game, so you need to go out and get two or three of those kinds of players,” Riley said after the regular season. “And so, while we felt we had enough maybe on the perimeter, that might be an area where we look, but I don’t want to be a one-dimensional guy.” Miami Herald

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