Some are asking what’s an unprotected draft is in the NBA
Unprotected picks allow the team to get any draft #. The Pick is theirs no matter if it’s a lottery pick or not. A protected pick will give that pick unless it’s a top 3.
For example say the Clippers sent a protected pick to the Hornets for someone. The Hornets would have to wait till the following year if it was a lottery pick. In a unprotected pick, they get it no matter what.