Jul 1, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone, general manager Pete D Alessandro and majority owner Vivek Ranadive during a press conference at the Sleep Train Arena press room. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors: Kings, Hawks have spoken about trade of No. 8 pick?


A few days ago, noise broke suggesting that the Sacramento Kings could have mild interest in Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder. It was met with mild intrigue from Kings fans understandably as Schroder, while talented, isn’t exactly the type of veteran player the Kings are said to be in the market for.

But could he be part of a bigger package? It’s possible, at least according to ESPN’s Chad Ford who during a recent chat suggested that the Hawks had spoken to the Kings about obtaining the No. 8 pick.

Quizzed by a fan on the Hawks potentially drafting Dario Saric, Ford stated Atlanta could be in the market for him and could potentially use the eighth selection to draft him.

“Yes. He needs the right system — he’s a much better player with the ball in his hands. I think a team like the Hawks, for example, would make a ton of sense. And that could be where he goes if he stays in the draft. The Hawks have been talking to the Kings about moving up to No. 8. Saric would be a target for them there as would Nik Stauskas.”

Trading the No. 8 pick for Schroder isn’t a viable option for the Kings, though, you have to wonder if there’s a possibility for a bigger deal which could involve Atlanta’s first round selection (No. 15) and a desired veteran like Kyle Korver or Al Horford.

Still doesn’t sound overly impressive for Sacramento, but it may end up being worth the selection if they’re not impressed with their position.

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