Pistons forfeit first round pick to Charlotte

NEW YORK (AP) — The Detroit Pistons dropped from eighth to ninth in the NBA Lottery, thereby forfeiting their first-round selection to the Charlotte Hornets.

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their remarkable lottery luck Tuesday, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year. It’s the third time in four years the Cavs will be atop the draft after moving up from the ninth spot. They had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection.

Since Cleveland moved up, the Pistons fell one spot and pursuant to terms of the deal that sent Ben Gordon to the Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte received the first-round selection since it was lower than eighth.

 Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy released a statement, saying, “Tonight’s results are disappointing, but not disastrous. We still have many assets and tools at our disposal to upgrade our roster, including the upcoming free agency period in July.”

 The Pistons retain their second round draft choice, 38th overall.