Heres a bold, but not-quite-radical three-step process to make that happen:
NBA transactions should not be as complicated as the tax code.
If you trade your first-round pick and it turns out to beNo. 1, you lost. If its No. 30, you won more than just a title.
pick protections are banned.
STEP 1:GET RID OF ALL THE DRAFT PROTECTIONSIf youre going to trade a draft pick, trade a draft pick
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STEP2:TOTALLY CHANGE THE LOTTERY SYSTEMThe Wheel But the current lottery is broken, as it was built with the assumption that everyone would try to win. enough Reduce the number of teams that qualify for the lottery. Lets call that the Super Lottery. The (regular) lottery will now consist of the eight remaining teams that didnt make the postseason and the eight teams that were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Are the Chicago Bulls really in a different class than the Minnesota Timberwolves this year?
STEP3:DON'T DETERMINE LOTTERY POSITION BY RECORDwe need to determine both Super Lottery and (regular) lottery order by date of elimination from the playoffs.
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