Lakers make playoffs, Cavs will get first round pick

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The Lakers made the Cavaliers sweat it out until the last game of the regular season, but ultimately made the playoffs.

Whew. When the Cavaliers traded Ramon Sessions for Luke Walton, Jason Kopono, the Lakers' 2012 1st Rd draft pick, and the right to swap the pick coming to Cleveland from the Miami Heat for Los Angeles' 1st in 2013, the swap was an afterthought. The assumption I immediately had was that the pick would be like swapping the 30th pick for the 27th pick. The Lakers and Heat looked poised to be two of the best teams in basketball. When the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, and basketball writers salivated at the thought of 70+ wins in Tinseltown.

Well, the Lakers season has been a calamity. They fired Mike Brown, Dwight Howard has been hurt, Steve Nash has been hurt, and the Lakers have been old. They can't defend anyone. At one point, John Hollinger's playoff predictor gave the Lake show a 20 percent chance of making the playoffs. As it turns out, they made it, in about the best fashion possible. Hopefully the Lakers will lose to the Rockets tonight, and become the 8th seed in the East. The pick will likely fall between 16-19 (I will update this tomorrow morning when we know for sure). Not a bad haul for Ramon Sessions, who wasn't going to re-sign in Cleveland anyway.

The Cavs season was terrible. This was a break we caught. Keep on reading Sam Vecenie's draft profiles, but keep in mind this is a trade chip as well.

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