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NBA draft lottery results 2019: Lakers land No. 4 pick

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The Lakers finally know what pick they have in the 2019 NBA Draft, and now the real fun begins, as the team will have plenty of options on draft night, and in the lead-up to it.

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Against all odds, the Los Angeles Lakers have jumped up in the draft lottery and claimed the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, clearing the way for them to potentially select a difference-maker, or set up a trade.

The Lakers had just a 9.4% chance to move up into the top-four picks, but overcame those long odds to end up with a real asset, either on the floor, or in a potential trade.

Still, as much as some will want the Lakers to hold onto their newest asset — and we will cover the types of players it will allow them to select in the days to come — it’s also possible they will try to deal it for a player ready to contribute now, whether that be the most expected target in Anthony Davis or someone lower on the ladder like (just for example, this is not reporting) Bradley Beal.

And the latter option does seem much more likely at this point, as despite the team apparently being so sensitive to the idea that LeBron James is in charge that they’re seemingly going out of their way to show he isn’t, they presumably still want to get the most out of his remaining time in a Lakers uniform. Dealing the young player they could get with this pick, a player that is unlikely to be able to contribute right away, for a proven option would accelerate the team’s timeline, but at the cost of shortening their potential window.

The Lakers will have to weigh the costs and benefits of these potential decisions over the next month in the lead-up to the draft on June 21. Which direction they go in is an unknown for now, but while they surely didn’t want to miss the playoffs, doing so has certainly left them with a lot more options.

Here is the full order for the first round of the draft:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics
  15. Detroit Pistons
  16. Orlando Magic
  17. Brooklyn Nets
  18. Indiana Pacers
  19. San Antonio Spurs
  20. Boston Celtics
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Boston Celtics
  23. Utah Jazz
  24. Philadelphia 76ers
  25. Portland Trail Blazers
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers
  27. Brooklyn Nets
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. San Antonio Spurs
  30. Milwaukee Bucks

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