In the eyes of several NBA executives, the odds of the Lakers keeping their first-round draft pick were at “100%.”
The executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to suggest there was something nefarious going on between the league and one of its more famous franchises, weren’t the least bit surprised when the Lakers secured the No. 2 overall pick during the draft lottery Tuesday night.
And the consensus is that the Lakers will select former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with that pick on June 22.
“C’mon, man. We all knew the Lakers were not going to lose their pick,” said one Eastern Conference executive...