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Lakers hope for the luck of the drawing at lottery, one more chance for improvement

Lakers hope for the luck of the drawing at lottery, one more chance for improvement

Each morning during the NBA draft combine, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka rose before dawn for a swim and a run along Lake Michigan. This city’s streets are familiar — as a high school student in suburban Chicago, Pelinka had a job delivering packages on a bicycle for a law firm in the city.

The morning cardio is a habit from his playing days at Michigan. In the past week it afforded him a chance to reset before busy days of meetings with players, agents and other teams’ decision-makers.

On Tuesday, Pelinka will take the next step in the Lakers’ offseason process. He’ll be in a sequestered drawing room for the NBA draft lottery at the New York Hilton Midtown, where...

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