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Sacramento Kings place No. 8 draft pick on trade block


Had the Sacramento Kings been awarded one of the top three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, there’s a good likelihood the team would have opted to keep the selection.

But after slipping to the No. 8 pick from their projected No. 7 in Tuesday’s lottery, the Kings have placed the pick on the trade block, this according to Scott Howard-Cooper.

It’s an understandable decision considering the Kings aren’t likely to secure themselves a difference maker with the eighth selection and the odds are against such a player making an immediate impact.

Given the hefty amount of youth on the roster, the Kings don’t seem overly eager to watch another young player develop and with what many believe is a ‘deep’ draft, there should be a significant amount of trade interest in the top ten pick.

Who exactly the Kings are looking to acquire in exchange for the pick is unknown (outside of a veteran), though, general manager Pete D’Alessandro already suggested that the Kings would be open to moving down or completely moving out of the draft during his recent Reddit AMA.

Keep in mind, placing the pick on the block doesn’t mean the Kings are completely willing to trade out of the draft entirely, but it does sound as if some type of move is very possible.

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  • Galzu

    The kings need to package one of the following players with the 8th pick:
    Jason Thompson
    Carl Landry
    Travis Outlaw
    Jason Terry
    Reggie Evans
    I think we should aim for a starting power forward, or starting shooting guard, doesn’t need to be a star, also we cant get a star for this asking price, but a solid starter. I don’t think it should be too hard to get a productive starter for the 8th pick and a lame contract. We would need to have some contract leave in order to make a vet salary fit our cap. I’m sure Pete will get us someone decent, and eliminate a bad contract at the same time.