After Rudy Gay decided to opt-in to his contract with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday afternoon, it became more evident that the Kings would likely continue their efforts to trade their No. 8 selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Such is the case, apparently, as SportingNews reports that the Kings and the Chicago Bulls have engaged in trade talks over the pick.
“Chicago has had multiple talks with Orlando, both about the No. 12 pick and shooting guard Arron Afflalo, and with Denver about No. 11, but a source told Sporting News that the Bulls have also engaged with the Kings in a potential deal for the No. 8 pick.”
The Bulls, who own the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in the upcoming draft have been attempting to move both for weeks but haven’t been able to secure a deal with either the Magic or the Nuggets. That has likely lead them to move onto the Kings, however, if the No. 16 and No. 19 picks weren’t getting the job done for either of those teams, they certainly aren’t going to get it done for the Kings with the No. 8 pick. Given that, it seems rather reasonable to assume that if such a deal was to go down, it would potentially involve a player in addition to a pick (or possibly even both).
Who exactly that presumed player would be is unknown, though the Kings can’t exactly afford to bring in a ton of salary either and the Bulls have a pretty limited roster of players they could trade. Might Jimmy Butler be a candidate to improve the bench? Tony Snell?
Most are likely wishing for Taj Gibson (as am I), though that appears to be a pipe dream at this point unless the Kings were to give up additional assets in a larger deal.