June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the first round draft board at the conclusion of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Keith Smart To Represent Sacramento Kings At NBA Lottery

In somewhat of a weird move, the Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Lillis is reporting that Kings head coach Keith Smart will be representing the franchise at tomorrow’s NBA Draft Lottery.

Per Lillis:

#NBAKings team representative tells me Coach Keith Smart will represent team at tomorrow’s #NBA draft lottery

Making the move even more weird is that the agreement for Smart to represent the Kings actually came from the Maloof family, before the sale of the franchise:

Maloofs had made arrangement for Smart to rep team at draft lottery. Vivek does not formally own team yet, so team moving 4ward with that

Being the sale of the Kings hasn’t officially gone through (as in documents haven’t been processed), Vivek technically doesn’t own the team at the current moment so they apparently opted to run with the prior agreement.

It certainly has to be a strange feeling for all involved, especially since Smart isn’t expected back with the Kings for the upcoming season. Still, it’s nice of Smart to go, even if he’s in a bit of a lame duck scenario.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held tomorrow evening at 5:30 P.M. Sacramento time at the ABC’ Times Square Studio in New York City.

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