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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  • IDK02

    That’s what I think, too.

  • IDK02

    I think the Kings are going after next years draft too.

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  • J Scott Savage

    “The Sacramento Kings’ seemingly early schedule.” It seemed they were going to have an early schedule but it ended up being . . . late? Or did it seem to be an early schedule but it was actually an early Christmas? Proofread.

    • Bryant

      Thanks, forgot to slip the word “easy” in there.

      • J Scott Savage

        :) No worries. I do stuff like that all the time in my books. Fortunately I have a couple of editors to catch them.

  • IDK02

    Coach Malone the sooner you realize like your father, most of the players on your roster are not coachable, your job will get much easier. They don’t care and they are not bright. Majority of fans know it’s not you coach and we will be patient. Kings don’t have to even try and tank, they will do it to themselves.

    Some of the players are surprised that there is no practice today, I mean come on already, no one home. Separately, still a lot of respect for Malone, a big whoop-tie doo. Malone wants effort, sheesh.

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  • JDH

    I find it foolish that Chad Ford proclaimed that the Kings ownership is tanking…their roster is just plain terrible at the time, and those players they are trying to offload are not very good…if we “can” trade them for draft picks, go for it!