Is the Lakers pick this year protected or not protected? — @grumpy31700
As part of the trade that sent Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers last season, the Cavs have the right to swap the Lakers’ pick with their worst pick in the first round next summer. Since the Cavs own their own pick and the Miami Heat’s pick, it obviously will be the Heat’s pick, meaning the Cavs will have the two best picks from the Cavs, Lakers and Heat. There is no protection on the Lakers’ pick, meaning the Cavs can take it regardless if it’s in the lottery or not. But don’t get too excited. Barring an epic meltdown, the Lakers are going to the playoffs.
Will Byron Scott leave (for the Lakers job)? — @WayneEmbrysKids
Byron has made it abundantly clear since last summer he’s not interested in leaving Cleveland. He and General Manager Chris Grant have a great relationship, he loves working for Dan Gilbert and, most importantly, loves the direction the team is headed. Byron’s opinion really matters on all personnel decisions. He enjoys coaching Kyrie Irving and the team is loaded with draft picks in the future. There were seven Lakers coaches between Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. Scott knows this very well. The Lakers job will be there another day. Besides, the Cavs already picked up the option on his contract for next season and they have no intention of letting him out of it.