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Report: Sacramento Kings want to trade No. 8 pick

May 22, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

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The Sacramento Kings have their share of young players — DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, Derrick Williams, Ray McCallum.

What they don’t really want is another, they would prefer a veteran that can help them climb into the playoffs in the West next season.

So you can have their No. 8 pick if you send them a veteran, ideally one who can defend on the perimeter and has a reliable outside shot. That’s what Scott Howard-Cooper of reports.

The Kings put the No. 8 pick in the draft on the trade block immediately after the lottery Tuesday night, league sources told, clearly looking to add at least one impact veteran in an attempt to push into the playoff conversation next season rather than wait for another rookie prospect to develop.

While several teams choosing in the top 10 on June 26 will be fielding trade offers as part of a deep draft with several intriguing prospects, the Kings have signaled they will take a proactive approach in hoping to make a deal.

It comes down to this: How quality a veteran will teams surrender to snap up for the players likely to be around at No. 8 — Doug McDermott, Aaron Gordon, James Young, international guys like Dario Saric?

Teams may well be interested in a deal for financial reasons — if they believe they can unload a more expensive veteran rotation player for a rotation player on a rookie contract, it makes sense. Under the current CBA rookie contracts are incredibly valuable for that reason. Don’t take my word for it, check out the graphs at (that’s not what the article is supposed to be about, but it makes my point).

These kind of trades often get done draft night — the team with the veteran has their eye on one specific player and waits to make sure he falls to them before pulling the trigger. The Kings draft him and Player X goes up on stage, shakes Adam Silver’s hand while wearing a Sacramento Kings hat, then finds out five minutes later he needs a different hat.

Just something to watch on draft night. This seems very plausible.

  1. aboogy123456 - May 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I think Aaron Gordon is the perfect fit for Sacramento, and I would like to see him end up there. Aaron Gordon looks like an ideal role player who may not be a star, but will be very important to a team as he can guard the opposing team’s best player. Sacramento already has plenty of offense, and a star in Cousins, so a defensive minded role player who doesn’t need the ball on offense would help them improve in the short and long term.

    • spursareold - May 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      I would kind of hope for more than a role player at #8. Call me crazy.

      • aboogy123456 - May 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Maybe the term role player is the wrong term. I think he’s a guy who can be an elite defender, and on offense is more of a finisher and not someone who will need the ball in his hands. I don’t think Sacramento needs someone who can score 20 points a game, they need defense. I heard someone compare him to andrei krilienko, and I like that comparison and fit for Sacramento.

  2. kingperk123 - May 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Damn only if the Celtics held on to Jason terry

  3. misremembered72 - May 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    The hat comment had me laughing

  4. damp1015 - May 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Only thing with Kings is they need the veteran leadership, Cousins’ attitude, McLemoore (maybe misspelled) could use mentoring, Thomas Jr, all need mentoring. And Shaq is there somewhat as a part (very minute) owner but probably not a great mentor.
    Would be nice to see Kings up the ante in the West and just make it even better out here in the West.

    • brhorer - May 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Lol wait a second here…. Thomas Jr.?

      Do you… Do you think Isaiah Thomas is the son of Isaiah Thomas, the Piston’s point guard?


  5. dclogicatlast - May 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Thad Young is relatively young, on a team-friendly contract and strikes me as a good, veteran glue guy. Not sure is good enough to give up the #8 pick for, but seems worth exploring.

    Maybe an early 2nd and Young for the #8 and a bad contract or something.

    • tcclark - May 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      beat me to it

      • zukny1 - May 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        3 picks in the top 10 for my sixers? DONE

    • gmkev - May 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Philly local kid Jason Thompson has $18M over 3 years remaining and has been relegated to the dog house. Sixers can take back that contract for the 8th pick.

      Thad Young
      32nd Pick


      8th Pick
      Jason Thompson

  6. Kevin S. - May 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Can I interest you in a Deron Williams? #wishfulthinking

    • sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      uh, with his bad ankles (getting both operated on this summer), he can’t guard his own shadow anymore…

      older too

      and fat

      better to give Barron Davis a ring and have him play for you than DeDone Williams…

      • Kevin S. - May 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Yeah, I was totally serious, what with that #wishfuthinking and all. Jokes. They’re funny. You should try laughing once in a while.

  7. kpow55 - May 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Pistons should send Josh Smith and a bag of balls. Josh Smith and Greg Monroe for 8 and any other player. Anything you want, just please take Josh Smith.

    • whoisrdymlz - May 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Kings would be dumb to it but that is exactly the kind of player they could expect to be offered. Someone overrated with a crippling contract.

      • weaselpuppy - May 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Pistons could throw in the ghost of Ben Gordon and some balls signed by Fennis Dembo….really, anything to trade JSmoove….

  8. chriswrecka - May 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Trade David Lee to Sacratomato for the #8 and Jason Terry to make up for some cash…
    Trade Harrison Barnes and the #8 pick to any one of the top 3 teams so we can Draft Wiggins, Parker or Embid…
    Flip Klay Thompson for Kevin Love…
    Let Embid work a year to learn behind Bogut.
    Done Deal.

  9. jayrandle - May 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Pat Riley…
    Make it happen. We need some young legs on the team.

    • money2long - May 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Interesting revelation from the fan base

  10. jimb031 - May 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Trade for Eric Gordon. He’s an impact veteran that can teach your players all about the trainer’s tables. Deal? Please?

  11. ravenswhat - May 22, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    The wiz could trade Ariza, that’s a perfect guy for the kings. He can defend and shoot the 3. The wiz would put Otto porter in arizas spot and with 8th pick could draft a good front court rotation guy like Gordon.

  12. sportsnut101 - May 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Ariza a free agent can’t trade him n he only plays well on contract yr so if u get 1 yr deal great

  13. mungman69 - May 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Thad Young

  14. slaugin - May 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Take Jeff Green, Please

    • money2long - May 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Is this a suggestion or begging. Haha

  15. lowercasejay - May 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Wesley Matthews comes to mind? Tenacious defense, hits the 3. Mainly because the blazers dont have a single pick this year!

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