The Kings appear to have a lot of leverage with the 4th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.
This was reported by ESPN correspondent Jonathan Zhivoni. On Wednesday, many teams believe the draft “starts” with a Kings pick—or no pick. The Kings are reportedly still considering whether they should trade the pick to help them win immediately, or use the pick and try to develop another prospect.
The prospect that many associate the Kings with as the fourth pick is Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, Givoni said. ivy not necessarily too keen touchdown in Sacramento, though the Kings can still pick him.
Givony said Ivey — a 6-foot-4 defensive end who averaged 17.3 points per game as a sophomore at Purdue last year — is “regarded by many in the league as the top prospect due to his superior long-term growth potential, physical tools and shot-making prowess, which gave him the type of star power that kings might not want to pass on.”
Still the kings open to see the value they could rock on other teams that hold Ivey in high regard. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the Kings’ decision on whether to trade the pick will be made “straight through” because Ivey doesn’t necessarily match the position the Kings need, and De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell already are on the list. compound (H/T Sucktown Royalty).
As for potential suitors, the pool is quite large. Zhivoni cited sources who said almost every team picking after the Kings had reported a possible trade, including the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and “Atlanta Hawks”.
But the Kings reportedly want a lot in return, with names like Malcolm Brogdon, Kyle Kuzma, Jerami Grant and John Collins being left out of the game, according to Givony. Sacramento may also be looking for another draft pick and rookie players like the Pacers’ Chris Duarte.
The Kings are in a unique position to have one of the best picks in the draft, but they are also looking to immediately break a no-playoff drought under new head coach Mike Brown.
This contributes to what reportedly seems like a tough decision at Kings draft headquarters on what they’ll do on Thursday when they’re on the clock.