Luke Walton is still the assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors as they fight to become back-to-back NBA champions, but next season he will be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, basically starting from scratch.  The Lakers needed to place in the top 3 of the draft lottery or their pick would go to the Phoenix Suns via the previous trade for Steve Nash.  The Warriors decided to play a prank on their coach before he flies the coop.

Luckily for Walton, the Lakers were able to keep their top-three protected pick as they won the No. 2 spot in the 2016 draft.

This upcoming draft is pretty weak and is considered a two-player draft with Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram being the most valuable.  So landing the No. 2 pick is definitely a huge relief for more reasons than one.

Walton will also inherit a young core of players that includes D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and more.  They also have cap space to pick up a new star after the departure of Laker legend Kobe Bryant.

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