The Sacramento Kings are willing to shop their No. 8 draft pick or trade down for an established veteran, revealed Mike Bratz, the team’s director of scouting.
“We’re always looking to do something (with the draft pick). So yes, we’re doing our homework on a range of players. So yeah, we’re looking,” Bratz told CSN Bay Area.
The Kings have been working out plenty of late second round prospects instead of merely focusing on the lottery picks candidates. “We’re looking for potential in these workouts. These are all kids who are more likely late second round candidates or maybe D-League/European prospects. But they’ll have a chance to play in the league depending on how the chips fall,” added Bratz.
Sacramento Kings need a point guard…
With Rajon Rondo expected to leave in free agency, the Kings would be left with only backup PG Darren Collison as an option to run the offense. Ideally, they would prefer to draft Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray, who are both expected to go inside the top-5. It’s possible that they move up in the draft to try and get one either Dunn, Murray or Buddy Hield.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Kings would most likely select a shooter or a wing defender if they were to keep the pick. Ford has projected Kings to select highly touted California freshman Jaylen Brown.
“I think the most likely scenario is for them to seek out a trade. They want to win now and don’t have a lot of interest in a rookie. But if they keep the pick, Brown has all the physical tools to make him intriguing here, as long as the team is patient,” Ford wrote in his latest mock draft.
Sacramento Kings recently hired former Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger to succeed George Karl. They also own the No. 59 pick in the draft via San Antonio San Antonio Spurs, while their No. 40 pick would go to New Orleans Pelicans.