The draft lottery went down and, for the second consecutive year, the Warriors weren’t focused on ping-pong balls. However, they might have gotten a break with how the draft lottery turned out. Maybe.

The Warriors have tried to move David Lee in the past. But it needed to be a no-brainer in order for them to pull the trigger. But now, per a couple league sources, the Warriors have lowered the bar realizing they’ve got to come off that contract so they can go after a co-star for Stephen Curry. Plus, with Steve Kerr acknowledging he wants a stretch-four, which Lee is not, the writing is really on the wall for Lee.

I’ve been told to watch out for Orlando as a potential trade partner for Golden State. They have cap space and after a second consecutive year finishing way down in the Eastern Conference standings, they need to make a move. They might be a taker for David Lee for the same reasons the Warriors were back in 2010: they need someone who can produce reliably and usher the franchise into respectability.

How did the draft lottery help? The Magic landed at No. 4.

That’s out of the range of the no-brainers: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embid. If those are the top 3, as projected by the renown DraftEXpress, that leaves Orlando probably in play for a guard. Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart will be on the board. So will Australian prodigy Dante Exum. Of course, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Indiana’s Noah Vonieh are on the board. But if the Magic go with a perimeter player, that could be good for the Warriors for two reasons.

1. Orlando will still have a need for a proven veteran in David Lee who knows what it takes to change the culture of a locker room and make a team competitive.

2. Aaron Afflalo could be expendable. Drafting a guard will give the Magic its frontcourt of the future: the rookie it drafts plus last year’s first-rounder Victor Oladipo.

As for Lee to Orlando, Glen Davis started 43 games for the Magic before being bought out and signing with the Clippers, where he became the eighth man. And when he left, Tobias Harris got several starts at PF. That’s how much the Magic could use Lee. He and Nikola Vucevic wouldn’t be a great defensive pair. But a perimeter trio of Smart/Oladipo/Moe Harkless should be able to do some things on the defensive end.

Lee could in essence be a one-year rental for the Magic. After next season, he becomes a chunky expiring contract Orlando could use. At most, two years of that $15M+ salary is probably something Orlando would swallow if it means it can book 18 and 10 every night.