Jan 18, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) dunks the ball against Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Markel Brown (22) in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 80-78. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Sacramento Kings interested in trading up for Joel Embiid?

Prior to the NBA Lottery, ESPN scribe Chad Ford hinted that if the draft were to be held on that day, the Sacramento Kings would be among the teams who would select former Kansas big man Joel Embiid with the No. 1 selection.

The Kings of course didn’t receive the top overall pick, but that doesn’t mean interest in the potential franchise big man is any less.

Speaking to Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee hints that he could see the Kings making a play to move up from the 8th pick with Embiid the assumed target.

On the flip side, we’ve heard plenty of noise suggesting that the Kings are open to moving their first round pick though the general assumption was that they’d be looking to either trade completely out of the draft or move down. The idea of moving up was expressed by general manager Pete D’Alessandro during his recent Reddit AMA, though, the price figures to be quite steep and you have to wonder what type of assets the Kings would need to part with for such a move to be possible.

Embiid isn’t likely to slip much, if at all, so it would be presumed the Kings would need to trade up to the No. 2 slot at minimum to have a chance at drafting the center.

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