Eleibo, I'm not understanding your point. It is my understanding that the lottery determines the top-3 slot selection choices, NOT the top-3 picks per se. In theory the team that wins the lottery should have to make a slot selection, then the 2nd guy, 3rd, etc down to the 24th person in priority. Along the way the choice between closer to 1 and closer to 24 is made by each owner based on his options.
Of course waiting for everyone to decide in order of priority would take WAY too much time, so we all just note our preference as we confirm that we are returning.
My concern is this: the lottery is conducted and let's say the team with the #2 decision has yet to post his preference. He's NOT locked into the #2 simply because he was in the lottery, he can still go closer to 24. So, if he posts nothing between now and the lottery then he gets to see where his priority is prior to making a decision. In essence if I post my priority prior to knowing the outcome of the lottery then I am at an unfair disadvantage when compared to the guy who simply waited for the results to be drawn. If that's the case then I'll retract my posted preference and wait until the lottery is completed before I post it (of course it will be EXACTLY the same as I have already posted).