Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
The Lakers are sending president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to the May 16 NBA draft lottery in New York City. Johnson will represent the Lakers on stage and Pelinka will represent them in the back room where the drawing will take place. The Lakers have a top-three protected pick in the upcoming draft and, after finishing with the league's third-worst record at 26-56, the team has about a 47 percent chance of keeping that pick, according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index. If the Lakers lose that pick, it will go to the Philadelphia 76ers.