NEW YORK - The Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.
The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years and have the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick No 9 in the draft, which is where the team was slated to pick in the lottery. Minnesota also holds the No. 26 pick in the draft. The Wolves acquired the pick from Houston, who got the pick from Memphis.
The Wolves will also have two second-round picks, the 52nd (Brooklyn's selection via New Orleans) and 59th (Oklahoma City's selection) overall draft choices.
In 15 trips to the lottery in franchise history, the Timberwolves have never improved their position.
The odds were very long when the night started, with just a 1.7 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick.
The Timberwolves sent forward Kevin Love as their representative. Love tried to double down on the luck when he brought with him a Ricky Rubio action figure.
Maybe that wasn't the best idea. Rubio wears No. 9, after all.
The Orlando Magic fell back one spot to No. 2, while the Washington Wizards vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.
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