The Sacramento Kings won’t know their official draft pick slot for a few more weeks, but needless to say the ping pong balls aren’t in their favor. Of course, as we’ve seen in recent years, being one of the league’s worst teams doesn’t necessarily equate that you’ll bring home the No. 1 draft pick selection but with the seventh ‘worst’ record in the league Sacramento only holds a 7.3 percent change of winning the NBA Lottery.
In addition to the unfavorable odds, the Kings aren’t exactly in need of another young talent (outside of a potential franchise star) and likely aren’t overly interested in bringing in a player who’ll take a few years to develop. That has lead to speculation that Sacramento may be open to moving their pick, a sentiment that general manager Pete D’Alessandro addressed at a Tuesday afternoon luncheon.
Among other things … Not dismissing possibility of trading first round draft pick.
— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) April 22, 2014
When asked if he'd take best player or fill position in draft, he offered trade down or trade up options as well. Very open.
— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) April 22, 2014
That all said, there are still a number of high quality players who should be available when the Kings selection comes around (whenever that may be) as this is one of the deeper drafts we’ve seen in a few years. So a move, while possible, is far from a given.