Yesterday, ESPN scribe Marc Stein hinted that the Sacramento Kings were having discussions with both the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers. The Kings have been attempting to secure themselves another first round pick in tomorrow’s NBA Draft and both the Jazz and Pacers have been open to moving their pick. In exchange, the Kings were offering up sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette as bait but the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones said that while teams had called on Fredette, the Kings weren’t actively trying to move him.
Twenty four hours later and just a day from the draft, that may have changed.
Fellow ESPN writer Chad Ford says that while the Kings may say they’re not trying to trade Jimmer, if they’re offered a first round pick, they’re pulling the trigger:
I know the Kings are saying Jimmer isn’t on the block. Every GM, when they sign the contract, has to sign an oath that says I will deny ever putting a player on the block. It’s in there. No GM in history has ever shopped anyone. Oh, but the Kings are getting calls. If they can move him for a first round pick, they’re doing it.