After landing a top-10 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it looks as if the Sacramento Kings would rather acquire a veteran rather than another young talent. According to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, the Kings have put their pick on the trading block.
Just filed to http://t.co/X75SPTIUSC: Kings put No. 8 on the trade block, wanting veteran instead of next rookie to develop. Link to come.
— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 21, 2014
This makes sense considering all of the moves the Kings past moves.
After acquiring Rudy Gay it was clear Sacramento’s ownership wasn’t fine with competiting for the top pick in the lottery rather than competing for a playoff seed. Though the trade did little in terms for trying to make the playoffs in a hectic Western Conference, it was all the proof viewers needed to know this team was tired of losing.
Now they have the eight overall pick and right now it’s a bit early trying to guess which kind of talent this pick would fetch. Outside of the With Demarcus Cousins, the Kings have an excellent building block. He’s one of the ten best centers in the NBA and his ceiling is unlimited at the moment. Outside of him, every other position could use an upgrade or time to develop because of youth.
When thinking of possible veterans that would be attainable for the price of a eighth overall pick in the draft, one name comes to mind: Rajon Rondo. This wouldn’t be the first time Sacramento has pursued the All-Star point guard, having reportedly offered a package deal in February that consisted of Isiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and two draft picks, one of those picks likely being the 2014 first-rounder. Despite Danny Ainge being “down” on the current draft, that’d be an interesting get for a point guard coming off of an ACL injury.
The draft isn’t until late June, so the Kings will have ample time to shop around the pick. And if the perfect deal swings their way, the eighth pick in one of the best drafts in recent history will surely be on the move.