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Kings lose tiebreaker with Chicago for NBA draft. Here's what that could mean

The Kings lost a tiebreaker with the Chicago Bulls and are now slated seventh prior to the NBA draft lottery on May 15.

Both teams finished 27-55 and have an 18.25 percent chance to move into the top three and a 5.3 percent chance to land the first overall pick in the June 21 draft. The Bulls will pick sixth if no team behind them moves into the top three after the lottery.

Both teams could be targeting similar prospects based on their needs.

Bulls executive vice president John Paxson told reporters Thursday that they were going to look at the wing position, but "talent trumps all."

Adding a playmaking small forward would also make sense for the Kings, who lack size and scoring on the wing.

A defensive-minded big man to patrol the paint could also be an option, but much of the Kings' strategy will become clearer after the lottery.

The Kings would also be open to trading their pick. They have traded back to acquire more selections in each of the last two drafts.

The lowest the Kings could pick is 10th, if three teams behind them were to move into the top three.

After years of no lottery luck, the Kings moved up from eighth to third last year. But they picked fifth, selecting point guard De'Aaron Fox, due to a trade condition with Philadelphia that gave the 76ers the right to swap picks with the Kings.

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