From: Las Vegas
ORIGINAL: Bill Johanesen
Admittedly, I am pining for the lottery (which is likely finished and the GMs/media sequestered) as a 'reward' for all that losing and more out of habit of draft intrigue than anything.
Am fine with one of the top two picks to take Simmons or Ingram, but that's about it.
If they keep the pick, they have to fork over next years pick (although it is top 5 protected). In 2018 they owe Orlando a first for Howard. So obviously free agency is going to have to be the way to go to build with the young draftees already on the team.
Top 3 protected next year as well. Although if you somehow manage to draft Top 3 this year AND next year, you no longer owe a 1st to Orlando:
2016 first round draft pick to Philadelphia
L.A. Lakers' 1st round pick to Philadelphia (via Phoenix) protected for selections 1-3 in 2016 and 1-3 in 2017 and unprotected in 2018
2018 first round draft pick to Orlando
If at least two years after the L.A. Lakers conveyed a 1st round pick to Philadelphia, then the L.A. Lakers' 1st round pick to Orlando protected for selections 1-5 in 2018 and unprotected in 2019; if the L.A. Lakers have not conveyed a 1st round pick to Philadelphia by 2017, then the L.A. Lakers will instead convey their 2017 2nd round pick and 2018 2nd round pick to Orlando