Nov 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) speaks with head coach Michael Malone during a free throw by the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 98-87. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Ford: Kings to go All-In on Tanking?

The Sacramento Kings’ seemingly easy early schedule has failed to produce victories, and according to Chad Ford of ESPN, owner Vivek Ranadive and company may be looking to shift gears and go all-in on tanking for a high 2014 draft pick.

In his weekly “Tank Rank” article highlighting the teams who are aiming for a high pick in next year’s draft rather than win this year, Ford ranked the Kings second, behind only the Utah Jazz.

“We’re hearing talk that the Kings are out actively looking to move a player or two (Jason Thompson, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes, Jimmer Fredette and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute have all been mentioned as bait) off their roster in exchange for assets (draft picks or young players). Looks like new owner Vivek Ranadive might be going all-in on the tanking process after a tough start to the season…”

None of the Kings players — aside from DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas — are having any success this season. Cousins and rookie Ben McLemore seem the only locks to not be traded, along with perhaps Thomas and newly acquired Greivis Vasquez. Given the struggles to the players Ford named (aside from Fredette, who has only played in two games thus far) it’s unlikely the Kings could command much in return.

The 2014 Draft is hailed as one of the deepest drafts in recent history, with freshmen phenoms Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Jabari Parker (Duke) and Julius Randle (Kentucky) at the top of the draft board. While teams seem to ‘tank’ every year in an effort to get a high pick, this year has seen many squads (Utah, Philadelphia, Boston and Orlando) blow up their rosters and publically get worse in order to tank the season away.

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