Fans of the Cavaliers and Suns are having quite a tug-of-war, and it has nothing to do with their own teams. For those fans, its all about the Lakers.
Thats because the Lakers success (or lack thereof) will determine where (or if) those teams get a second first-round draft pick.
Neither the Cavs nor Suns will make the playoffs. In fact, the Cavs seem well on their way to finishing dead last in the Central Division for the third straight season. Thats a franchise first -- which is hard to believe, when you consider the overall misery of the Ted Stepien era in the early 1980s.
Anyway, heres the deal:
If the Lakers miss the playoffs, they enter the draft lottery, and their pick goes to the Suns.
If the Lakers qualify, the Cavs have the right to swap the Lakers pick with the Heats first-rounder (which the Cavs also own). Clearly, that is something the Cavs want to happen.
If the Lakers make the playoffs, the Cavs second first-rounder is likely to fall into the No. 15-17 range. T...