Did The NBA Draft Lottery Cost The New Jersey Nets a Shot at LeBron?

May 18th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
On Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards won the NBA's draft lottery. The Wizards, who had less than 11 percent odds to win the lottery, are now the favorites to land Kentucky guard John Wall.

And the New Jersey Nets need a big box of Kleenex.

The LeBron Derby is shaping up to be a heated bidding war between the Cavs, Bulls, Nets, Knicks and perhaps a darkhorse from the Western Conference. Many national analysts believe the Bulls are the favorite, but the Nets and Knicks have the bright lights of Broadway to offer as well as a lot of money.

The Nets, who had the worst record in the NBA this year, had better than 25 percent odds to win the lottery on Tuesday night, but ended up with the third overall pick. This could complicate their chances of landing James.

If the Nets had landed the top overall pick, they could have had some chips to play with in a potential sign-and-trade deal with Cleveland for LeBron. New Jersey already has a solid point guard in Devin Harris, but that's the position Wall plays; it isn't likely that the Nets would have drafted Wall and kept Harris.

Harris is, however, one of the faster guards in the N ...

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