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Ford: Kings may trade #7 pick for Felton

Jun 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

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More draft rumors! This one comes courtesy of ESPN.com’s Chad Ford:

The phones have been ringing off the hook today with just 48 hours to go before the NBA draft. Here are some more quick hitters on what I’m hearing.

• Would the Kings be willing to send the No. 7 pick to the Nuggets for Raymond Felton and the No. 22 pick? The Kings have had interest in Felton but it’s probably going to take them giving up the No. 7 pick to get him. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Nuggets grab Jonas Valanciunas or Bismack Biyombo if they could get up to No. 7.

This could make some sense for both sides. It looks more and more like the Kings see franchise player Tyreke Evans as more of a natural 2 or a 3 than they see him as a true point guard, and the excellence of Ty Lawson makes Felton somewhat superfluous for Denver, although he certainly did play well for them after coming over in the Carmelo Anthony trade last season.

It’s interesting that Ford believes the Nuggets will target a big man with the pick, specifically Valanciunas — Biyombo would make some sense as a replacement for Kenyon Martin, who the Nuggets will not re-sign, but I doubt the Nuggets will go for Valanciunas, as they seem committed to keeping restricted free agent Nene this off-season. Still, with the way these pre-draft rumors have been swirling around, nothing would surprise me at this point.

  1. ndirishfan1 - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Good trade for both teams. Felton is still young and has proven that he is an effective point guard in the NBA. Plus, the Kings wouldn’t have to pick up a combo guard in Kemba Walker or Jimmer Fredette here. For the Nuggets, they’d get younger in their front line with the #7 pick and clear the path for Ty Lawson, who is ready for a bigger role.

  2. svallen - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    I think is would be a good move for the Kings. The city and ownership wants to keep the Kings in Sacramento – so they have to tr to get some players into town that will excite. Felton could be that person with his shooting ability. He is a RFA after next season – so why not take a chance on him – everyone says the draft field is weak.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/nba/denver-nuggets/raymond-felton/

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Good for the Queens. Bad for the Nuggets.

  4. rushbacker - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    As a Nugs fan, I could probably live with this. Felton has already indicated that he wants to be traded and isn’t going to be happy coming off the bench all year, and his deal’s up after this season. He’s paid too much to come off the bench anyway– may as well move that salary and get some compensation. I’d rather get another proven vet in return, but this will probably work better for Denver’s salary structuer anyway– they just made qualifying offers to Afflalo and Chandler, and they’re going to have to redo Nene’s deal if he’s going to stay in Denver. And that’s really what’s key for them this off-season. If he comes back, the rest should fall into place– and adding a talented young four also makes a ton of sense in that scenario.

    Movgov and Koufos should grow into an adequate rotation at C, allowing Nene to slide back to the four. Galinari at the three and Afflalo at the two, and Chandler can compete at or back up both positions. If they’re stuck with Harrington’s contract, he can at least back up the three and four, and provide some scoring off the bench. Leaving a quality young PF prospect and a competent backup PG as the most pressing needs. So they draft a player like Biyombo (who gets a couple of years to develop behind Nene), and either draft a PG in the second round or add a vet in free agency.

    A scenario something like that would work for me. It was apparent from the first that Denver wouldn’t be keeping all the players they got in the Melodrama deal along with all their own upcoming free agents. If Felton’s going to be a disgruntled presence, I’d rather move him and take a chance on a young big with upside. Clearing that salary now will make it easier to re-sign other players that we do expect to be here long term, and it makes sense to try to get all of your young building blocks now, so they can play together for a year or two before really hitting their prime.

  5. themanchine - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Felton & Chandler to ATL for Smith & Teague

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      you must be a nuggets fan

      • themanchine - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

        no, just logical. ATL needs a PG and a SF, and needs to move Smith so Horford can play his natural PF position. DEN could use Smith next to Nene and Gallo, and Teague backing up Lawson.

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