The 2014 NBA Draft will take place on June 26 with plenty of teams looking to drastically upgrade their squads with all the promising young talent ready to take their game to the next level.
One team that is content with passing up on drafting another young player is the Sacramento Kings. There’s no question the Kings have a talented roster chalk full of talented players like DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay, but the team has already come to the conclusion that they need to trade their eighth pick in the draft, according to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com:
The Kings put the No. 8 pick in the draft on the trade block immediately after the lottery Tuesday night, league sources told NBA.com, clearly looking to add at least one impact veteran in an attempt to push into the playoff conversation next season rather than wait for another rookie prospect to develop.
With the Kings making moves this season to help build a playoff contender in the highly competitive Western Conference, Sacramento could be on the cusp of turning a lot of heads in the NBA next season.
It remains to be seen what the Kings would be able to acquire with the eighth overall pick in the upcoming draft, but the team’s front office will definitely be fielding their fair share of calls from now until draft day on June 26.
Sacramento will try to keep the core of Thomas, Gay and Cousins intact while bringing in other pieces to the playoff puzzle over the course of the off-season.
The Kings really haven’t been relevant in the West since Chris Webber and Mike Bibby battled back and forth with the Lakers for conference supremacy more than a decade ago. With new ownership, the Kings brass seems determined to right the ship in the near future.
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