NBA Notes: Lakers, Hawks May Aim for Pre-Draft Strike

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NBA Notes: Lakers, Hawks May Aim for Pre-Draft Strike
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With the NBA Draft Combine in full swing, and teams hoping to find the next big thing (or at least a guy who can contribute off the bench), the hubbub has officially begun. The combine tipped off Wednesday, and while the talk is usually centered on which teams interviewed which top prospects, and who's not quite as tall without shoes (always a shocking occurrence), most of the noise among insiders is taking place off the floor. Coaching changes, free agency and the approaching draft lottery are among the hot topics -- especially when it comes to teams outside the lottery trying to wiggle their way in. The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks are said to be two such teams, with both supposedly exploring the idea of improving their draft position.

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