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Clippers react to Cavaliers' win in NBA draft lottery

May 17, 2011 |  8:56 pm

Draft_275 Funny but the Clippers just couldn't quite get away from the lottery.

This was supposed to be the one year they weren't part of the conversation

Oh well.

Cleveland won the NBA's draft lottery on Tuesday night, and added the No. 4 overall pick, an event made possible, in part, by wild blind luck and the deal crafted by the Cavaliers at the trade deadline. They sent Mo Williams to the Clippers and took on Baron Davis and his big-money contract for two more years. But they received the Clippers' first-round pick. 

Neil Olshey, the Clippers vice president of basketball operations, said that the team made the decision at the trade deadline that their next step was going to be "via trade or free agency."

"Adding Mo Williams and $8.5 million in cap room gives us better odds of improving than a 2.8% chance of winning the lottery and adding a seventh player under 23 to our roster," he said.

"Additionally, we had a 97% chance of sitting here tonight with Baron Davis, the eighth pick in a bad draft and no cap flexibility."

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, called it a "beautiful" night, saying on a conference call: "I knew it was the right move all along. When it was over, someone on stage told me that it was the Clippers' pick and I thought they were messing around. It wasn't until 10-15 minutes later when I actually started to believe it."


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Photo: NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Nick Gilbert, 14, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, after it was announced that Cleveland won the 2011 NBA basketball draft lottery on Tuesday. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press