There Sacramento Kings have made it no secret they would like to trade the eighth-overall pick in the NBA Draft.
After forward Rudy Gay opted in to the final year of contract, which is worth $19.3 million, the Kings want to upgrade their roster and get back into the postseason. Point guard Isaiah Thomas is set become a restricted free agent next week, but the Kings claim they will match any “reasonable” offer for Thomas and retain him.
According to sources of Andy Katz of ESPN.com, the Kings have three deals in place, two of which would be completed before 2:00 pm EST on Thursday afternoon.
The Sacramento Kings are fielding offers from three teams for the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, sources with direct knowledge told ESPN on Monday.
Sources said the Kings have two deals that could be done prior to Thursday’s 2 p.m. ET trade deadline to change the draft order and one would be a draft night deal, depending on which players are available when the Kings select.
The three deals would return multiple draft picks and a veteran player to the Kings for the No. 8 pick.
The Kings have been connected to the Chicago Bulls, who hold the 16th-overall and 19th-overall picks in the first round of the draft. The Bulls also have young talent and would love to trade power forward Carlos Boozer. The Kings have also been connected to the Milwaukee Bucks and could have interest in point guard Brandon Knight and troubled big man Larry Sanders.