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Jazz secure 3rd, 12th picks in NBA lottery

By | Posted - May 17, 2011 at 6:59 p.m.

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SECAUCUS, N.J. - The Utah Jazz will have a top 3 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

The Jazz turned New Jersey's pick from the Deron Williams trade into the No. 3 selection.

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery and earned the No. 1 pick in the draft, one year after losing LeBron James. The Cavaliers will also pick fourth, one of only two teams in NBA history to have two of the top four picks.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the highest odds to win the lottery, will pick 2nd.

Cleveland, represented by 14-year-old Nick Gilbert, the son of owner Dan Gilbert, will pick first for the first time since 2003 when they drafted James.

James left for Miami last summer and the Cavs tumbled to the second-worst record in the league, but they will have two top-four picks for a chance at a quick rebuild.

The Utah Jazz also secured the 12th pick in the draft.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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