According to Draft Express, the Jazz are quite high on international forward Donatas Motiejunas and assuming all goes well for them in tomorrow’s Draft Lotto, one could reasonably assume he’d be available at the sixth selection which is where the Jazz should pick.
So how does this involve the Kings?
Well, cruise any of the many Sacramento King blogs/forums around the web and you’ll be sure to find a few topics on the Kings bringing in current Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko.
Kirilenko might be more of a fan target than a Petrie target, but, the skill set fits and at just 30, he still has more than a few good years left in his tank.
Andrei will enter the final year of his contract this season, one that will pay him a lofty $17,823,000 so unless the Jazz feel they can wait out a disgruntled star and use AK-47 as cap space bait, one could guess his price tag would be pretty tame.
It’s certainly a risk for the financially strapped Maloof’s, even if it’s a one year deal. A near 18 million dollar contract is a tough pill to swallow – but given the Kings issues at small forward last season and the improved defense and solidity AK would bring to the Kings, it might be one to think about.
I understand he’s not the most glorified player the Kings could bring in – nor is his pricey (although short) contract one that will make the Maloof’s jump for joy, but his set of tools and hard nosed defense is something that would help the Kings take the next step, especially considering what should be a very attainable price tag.
Is he going to put the Kings in the playoffs for this upcoming season? No. But it’s a solid piece to the puzzle.