For Dwight Howard less than a month later

For Dwight Howard less than a month later

Postby mmogo » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:37 am

Over the years, pick protection has played a significant role in explaining some of the league's surprising developments, particularly towards the very end of the season. Whether due to increased valuation of picks or the strength of this draft class, as we head toward the end of the regular Tera gold season, there are very few complicated obligations that affect the 2017 NBA Draft.That said, some of the few remaining are absolutely fascinating and could have a massive effect on the long-term future of a few franchises. Now is a good time to take a look back at the obligations that will affect teams.

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GM's excellent pick protection page is both a critical resource and an excellent foundation for going though the existing protections that could shape the 2016-17 season, listed in order of importance.NBA Draft 2017: Pick protectionLA Lakers — Retain their first-rounder if 1-3 (otherwise it goes to Philadelphia): We are now in the final season of this being a protected pick, but there is an additional impact since it has taken so long. This choice went to Phoenix for Steve Nash and the Lakers traded for Dwight Howard less than a month later, but they could not move another first-rounder until that obligation resolved.

As it turns out, that means if the Lakers retain this selection for another year, they do not have to send a first to Orlando and instead give the Magic their 2017 and 2018 second-round choices. If the Lakers lose their pick this season, they must send their 2019 first-rounder to Orlando unprotected.New Orleans — Retain their first rounder if 1-3 (otherwise it goes to Sacramento): This trade deadline's biggest transaction sent DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, and one of the pieces New Orleans included was their own first-round selection with top-three protection.

New Orleans won't end the season with one of the three worst records, but some good lottery luck could still be a possibility. If the Pelicans retain the pick this year, it has top-one protection from 2018 to 2020 and then would be unprotected in 2021.Sacramento — Retain their first rounder if 1-10 (otherwise it goes to Chicago): After retaining their choice last season, the rubber really meets the road in 2016-17 because keeping it again means the Kings send their second-round choice to Chicago instead Tera Items for sale. This pick originally went to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson in 2011, and Cleveland sent it to Chicago for Luol Deng in 2014. Dallas — Retain their first rounder if 1-18 (otherwise it goes to Philadelphia): The Mavericks traded for center Nerlens Noel at the 2017 deadline and acquired this choice along with Justin Anderson.
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