first_imgThe Lakers also will have the No. 32 pick for the NBA draft June 23, as well as up to $60 million in cap space to spend on free agency beginning July 1. Neither option provides as much expected impact as a lottery pick.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who represented the franchise on the dais at a New York hotel on Tuesday, anticipated the worst-case scenario beforehand both to soften any potential disappointment and to improve the team’s karma.Fortunately for the Lakers, they experienced a much happier ending. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> After suffering countless losses that accounted for their worst season in franchise history, the Lakers still have managed to experience good fortune elsewhere.The Lakers ended with the No. 2 pick Tuesday in the NBA draft lottery, a selection they will not have to send to the Philadelphia 76ers for the second consecutive year.The Lakers could have kept the pick only if they landed in the top three, which had a 55.82 percent chance of happening based on having the second-worst NBA record this season.Had the Lakers not received a pick in the top three, they would have had to send it to the 76ers as part of the ill-fated Steve Nash trade with Phoenix in 2012.center_img The Lakers also got lucky last year when they had the fourth-worst record and exceeded the odds by winning the No. 2 selection, despite holding only 12.6 percent chance of doing so.This year, the Lakers had a 18.8 percent chance of finishing with the No. 2 pick.That leaves the Lakers with a key asset they could use for various purposes.With the No. 2 pick, the Lakers are expected to choose whichever highly rated forward remains available, either LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram. The Lakers chose Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick last year.The Lakers also could use the pick as part of a trade presumably for an established veteran. Although the Lakers are intrigued with the potential of Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., the team’s inexperience contributed to its 21-61 record in the 2015-16 season.last_img