Julius Randle

The Lakers selected Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. (Sam Riche / McClatchy-Tribune)

The Lakers were happy to land Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in last Thursday's NBA Draft.

Oddsmakers may have been looking for more.

Before Thursday, the Lakers were a 40-1 long shot to win the NBA title, according to online oddsmaker BettingSports.com.

After the draft, the Lakers fell to 60-1 odds.

That may not be a slight on Kentucky forward Randle, who helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA championship game, but more on the absence of a blockbuster trade to jump-start Kobe Bryant and the Lakers back to immediate contention.

The Lakers may have significant cap room in July to try and remake the roster.  Perhaps a few choice moves will improve the team's odds.

BettingSports.com has the Miami Heat with 4-1 odds, ahead of both the San Antonio Spurs (11-2), Chicago Bulls (8-1), Oklahoma City Thunder (8-1) and Clippers (10-1).

The Lakers are on par with the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets, with better odds than the Atlanta Hawks (70-1), Phoenix Suns (75-1), Minnesota Timberwolves (75-1), Boston Celtics (75-1), Utah Jazz (150-1), Sacramento Kings (150-1), Orlando Magic (150-1), Philadelphia 76ers (250-1) and Milwaukee Bucks (300-1).

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