Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view of the arena during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Sacramento Kings, Bulls talking trade for No. 8 pick


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.

Tags: NBA Draft Sacramento Kings

  • RANDOM PERSON

    BULLS NATION!

  • RANDOM PERSON

    If the Bulls swap picks with the Kings, they should draft Marcus Smart or Aaron Gordon. Marcus Smart is big enough to play shooting-guard and Aaron Gordon has a ton of potential.

    • justinept

      If the Bulls get their hands on the 8th pick, they should package it with Gibson in a renewed effort to land Kevin Love. Forget Melo. It’d be nice if the Bulls could land him, but all the talk of LeBron and Melo wanting to play together is starting to feel too much like 2010. Just get Love, put him with Rose and Noah, and then fill in the holes from there.

      • RANDOM PERSON

        @disqus_EALZNjrVEX:disqus

        look…you r really dumb…

        • RANDOM PERSON

          @disqus_EALZNjrVEX:disqus

          what are you saying??? Oh…it’s ok if you’ve been a fan for…ONE DAY!!!!!!!!!!! Use some logic man!

  • RANDOM PERSON

    Honestly, I don’t really like Doug McDermott at #8. I know he can flat out shoot but, I think taking him at #8 is a bit too high for the Creighton star.

  • DROSE LOVER123

    Agreed.

  • DROSE LOVER123

    Marcus Smart on Noah Vonleh. (I doubt Noah Vonleh will be available when it’s time for the Bulls to pick at 8

  • KING JAMES

    To be honest…even though I’m a die hard Heat fan, the Bulls with the MVP (drose) will win the championship. After that…they will prob 3-peat…sry Miami…

  • Heat Nation 6

    @KING JAMES…what kind of fan are you?

  • KING JAMES

    An honest one…

  • Heat Nation 6

    Pshh! Whatever!

  • justinept

    The smart bet is that the Bulls are offering Butler and one of their picks for the 8th pick and Acy and McCallum. Salaries match. Kings get a defensive-minded 2-guard in Butler who won’t mind when the Gay/Cousins duo dominates the offense. The Bulls can get then either use the pick or package it with Gibson in a renewed effort to land Kevin Love.

    • bullsfan

      Why would the Bulls give up Jimmy Butler here? Not going to happen.

      • justinept

        If giving up Jimmy Butler was the difference between landing Kevin Love – or not landing Kevin Love – GarPax would be absolute morons not to make the deal. Jimmy Butler’s a nice role player, a guy who can play off the ball and stop the other team’s best perimeter player. But he’s not a star, and he’ll never be a star.

      • crygdyllyn

        Very simple. Butler has reached his limit, and that does not include scoring. He regressed offensively this season. He can no longer be called Jimmy Buckets. Snell is his clone. We don’t need two like him.
        He is valued, so it is good to use him to get assets that the Bulls need more of.

  • crygdyllyn

    I wonder if Lance Stephenson would like to come to the Bulls. He has matured and his bad days are behind him. Rose and Stephenson would be intimidating.
    If Love came over, the Bulls would be the favorites to win a championship. Could you imagine
    Noah, Love, (Snell, Dunleavy/Butler), Stephenson, Rose……All kinds of scoring. Good defense too.