Every year, no matter who moves up in the lottery, there's some storyline that fans (and particularly PSD-type fans) claim makes it 'completely obvious' that the lottery was rigged by the league to help whatever team it wants to help.
Last year it was helping the Hornets as part of a new ownership deal, in 2011 it was compensating the Cavs for losing LBJ (and the sick kid at the lottery thing) and helping the soon-relocating Nets, in 2010 it was helping the Wizards' new ownership (and the widow at the lottery thing), in 2008 and 2003 it was helping teams get hometown stars, etc.
My problem is that often these things only really seem to become completely obvious after the fact.
So this year I want people's beliefs about who the NBA will rig the lottery for before the lottery, which takes place next week.
Vote for the two teams that you think the league would be most likely to rig the lottery for, if it rigged the lottery.
You can vote for only one team if you like, but you can't vote for more than two. Really I don't think I can stop you, but if you vote for more than two you can't then claim you were right if your team moves up.
Update to clarify for people who don't believe the lottery is rigged: the question is a hypothetical in which the league rigs the lottery - so even if you don't believe they actually do rig it, you should be pretending they do and deciding which teams are the most likely to have it rigged for them (ie have the rigged storyline or deal or whatever that is most likely to influence the league), not just voting for whoever you think is most likely to win based on the non-rigged lottery odds.
To get you started, here are some possible storylines for each team. Note that I don't believe these myself, and don't want to argue about them, they're just the typical sort of 'rigged' storylines.
Feel free to put forward your own storylines, too, because these were just off the top of my head and I'm certain I would've missed some.
Compensation for giving up Dwight to the NBA's glamour team.
High pick to help MJ as owner, especially with likely rebranding coming up.
Never won the lottery despite many awful records.
Possibly make the franchise more valuable for future relocation if Sacto falls through.
More compensation for LBJ, trying to build around Kyrie's star and help storyline of getting LBJ back.
Compensation for Nash.
Compensation for missing LAL pick when NBA put LAL in the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans
New ownership deal, previously owned by league, compensation for CP3, help with rebranding.
Part of possible upcoming relocation/ownership deals.
Never won the lottery despite many bad records.
New ownership, historically big team.
New ownership, help build around Wall's star.
Possibility of (college) home-town Porter.
Never won a lottery despite many bad records, perception of being rigged against.
Portland Trail Blazers (goes to Charlotte if drops out of top 12)
Compensation for injuries (Oden, Roy, etc).
New ownership, historically big team, compensation for Bynum and facilitating Dwight trade.
Toronto Raptors (goes to OKC if not in top 3)
Keep pick from OKC, part of Bosh compensation.
Possibility of home-town Bennett.
Relatively big market.
Help big market and big-money revenue-sharing luxury-tax-happy owner with rebuild.
Compensation for sending Deron to relocating Nets, and for missing playoffs to LAL.