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06-28-2013, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by JDinklage Morgoone View Post
Might be a dumb question, but is the pick protected until it's not in the top 5? Like, if they got a protected pick from the Bobcats and they were the worst team and won the lottery, would the Sixers get their pick the next year regardless of where it was?
It all depends on the language of the trade. Sometimes they just won't get the pick, a lot of the time it's on a sliding scale of protection. For example it might be lottery protected in 2014, top 10 protected in 2015, top 5 protected in 2016, and 1st overall protected in 2017. Not sure what the story with the Pelicans pick is, NBA pick trades can get weird.

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