The Hornets are not participating in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery (8 p.m., ESPN), but Charlotte has a vested interest in it anyway.
The Hornets are owed a first-round selection by the Detroit Pistons and will get the Pistons’ selection in the June 26 draft if it falls outside the first eight selections. Detroit is slotted at No. 8 of 14 teams in the lottery but could be bumped to No. 9, No. 10 or No. 11 if one or more of the six teams seeded below it earns a top-three pick.
The Hornets have a 17.5 percent chance of acquiring the Pistons’ first-round pick. If they do not acquire the Pistons’ pick this year, they will receive it next year unless Detroit lands the No. 1 pick.
Odds of each team winning the lottery:
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