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Royal Roundtable: Post-draft thoughts

The crew gathered together to share their thoughts on Thursday nights moves.

On Thursday, the Kings entered the NBA Draft armed with the 4th, 37th, and 49th picks. They exited with Keegan Murray, two future second rounders, the rights to Sasha Vezenkov, and a couple million in cash. Some members of the crew gathered together to share their thoughts, so let’s dive right in!

Tim: Let’s start with the good: Keegan Murray. As probably the first member of the local media to set my sights on Murray back in January, I can’t help but be excited about what he’ll be able to do for the Kings. I think he has a higher ceiling than most believe, as he can defend, score at three levels, and he also has some solid rim protection instincts as a weak-side defender. He’s going to be a key cog for any NBA team he’s on for the entirety of his career. I understand any and all frustration directed at the Kings for their draft night decisions, but I can’t comprehend that frustration devolving into vitriol for Murray as a prospect. If he wasn’t going 4th, he was going 5th. He’s good.

Yet, my excitement for Murray is muted by Sacramento’s nonsensical execution of their goal to make the playoffs next year. They needed to kill it on draft night, and they did anything but. Almost every other team in the Western Conference "We're hoping to be in the playoff/play-in conversation next year" race made several moves to leap ahead of their competitors, while Sacramento stayed stagnant outside of their lottery selection. I keep hearing about Monte McNair's aggressiveness in the trade market, and yet, outside of the Sabonis trade, nothing significant has been consummated in 2.5 years of management. We saw other teams move up, move back, add picks, and swap salaries, but the Kings were noticeably absent from all of those transactions, as their only moves were to punt their second round picks down the line. 

And speaking of those moves, trading the 37th pick for future second rounders that Monte McNair will almost certainly never see felt backwards in and of itself, but then selling the later pick for cash and a soon-to-be 27-year old EuroLeague prospect no one had heard of until yesterday made me feel even worse. Add in the failed John Collins negotiations (for the second time) and passing on the consensus fourth-best player in the draft, and I can't help but think the Kings missed a huge opportunity last night. Teams like the Kings, with their history of losing and small market presence, rarely make significant talent additions in free agency, making the draft all that more important to leverage. Monte McNair's goal is to make the playoffs in 2022 and they don't feel much closer than they did three months ago. I'm underwhelmed.

Akis: Draft night was fine for the Sacramento Kings, if not a little boring.  For weeks the debate had been largely over who the Kings would select at 4, Keegan Murray or Jaden Ivey.  Many pundits, myself included, believed that Ivey was the higher upside pick, but the Kings clearly felt otherwise. I’m a little skeptical that the Kings would have taken the same tack if their best player wasn’t De’Aaron Fox (who Ivey seems to have a lot of similarities with), but this wasn’t a Luka/Bagley situation: Murray was clearly one of the best prospects available in this draft, and one of the most productive players in college basketball last season.  He should be able to step in from Day 1, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does turn out to be the right pick in the long haul.  If you told most Kings fans before the Draft Lottery jump that moved the Kings from 7 to 4 that they would be getting Keegan Murray, the excitement would probably be a lot more palpable.

The Kings are getting dinged by many for drafting for fit, and it’s easy to see why: Jabari Smith Jr. might be the only other player in this entire draft who fits as well with what the Kings need as Murray.  He’s a switchable 3/4 who can play both ends of the court.  He can shoot, he can rebound, he plays defense and he hardly ever turns the ball over.  But what teams don’t need someone like this?  It’s hard to find a situation in the NBA where a team doesn’t need a guy like Murray.  

Some had hoped that if the Kings truly liked Murray better than Ivey that they would be able to extract more assets from a team below them in order to draft him and get a little extra, and I’m sure they were working the phone to do so.  I’m willing to bet that Adrian Wojnarowski’s reports that the Kings viewed this as a 4 person draft with a drop-off after Ivey were simply the Kings trying to throw some smoke at Detroit to get them to cough up something to move up a spot.  Either Detroit wasn’t buying it, or they were just as happy to take Murray if Ivey wasn’t there and weren’t willing to offer anything of significance to move up one spot.  The Kings clearly liked Murray enough over other options that they weren’t willing to trade too far down and risk not getting him.

I’m a bit more disappointed in how the Kings handled the second round. Trading the 49th pick for cash and the rights to a solid European player is fine, especially if Veznekov can come over and be a rotation player sooner rather than later.  But trading the 37th pick for future seconds when there were players still available that were seemingly first round talents like Jaden Hardy (who Dallas picked) or E.J. Liddell (who went 41 to the New Orleans) was disappointing.  It’s not the end of the world or anything, but I’m tired of the Kings seemingly ignoring opportunities in the 2nd round when we keep seeing other teams find diamonds in the rough every year, right in this range.  Just last year, you had the Pelicans find Herb Jones at 35 and the Bulls get Ayo Dosunmu at 38, two All-Rookie selections for playoff teams.  The Kings themselves have seen second round guys they sold for cash or future picks go on to be solid players in recent years: Xavier Tillman in 2020 and Gary Trent Jr. in 2018.  A team like the Kings should be throwing as many darts at the board as they can.  I like the Keon Ellis signing as a two-way contract, but they could have done that AND gotten another flier this year.

It was also a bit disappointing to not see a big trade of some sort after rumors seemed to indicate that the Kings were “leading the pack” in the pursuit of John Collins and were mentioned in other rumors as well.  Nothing came of that, and the Kings watched other teams in their conference get better.  The Trail Blazers were able to snag Jerami Grant for a likely late first rounder in 2025 from the Pistons.  The Rockets saw the guy that many considered the best prospect in the draft fall to them at 3, and then added a high upside player in Tari Eason and a flier on TyTy Washington.  

I’m excited to see Murray in Sacramento, and I think he’s going to be a good player for a long time. But drafting one player, whether it was Keegan Murray or Jaden Ivey, wasn’t going to fix the Kings.  There’s still a lot of work to be done, and given that free agency has never been Sacramento’s strong suit, I’m a little worried to see how the Kings make the improvements they need to get over the hump.  There’s more pressure than ever on De’Aaron Fox to become the perennial All-Star franchise guy that this team needs, and for Monte McNair to surround him with the pieces to not only end this playoff drought, but to go beyond.

Tony: I like Keegan Murray a lot, but I think the Kings made the wrong pick yesterday. Think is the most important word there. Monte McNair and the Kings could be right. Murray could be better than Jaden Ivey. Murray could be just what the Kings need next to Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox to finally make a playoff run. But I think it’s both fair and appropriate to seriously question any Kings basketball decision, especially one that goes against NBA consensus like this. The history speaks for itself.

The Kings weren’t the only team that was high on Keegan Murray. The Spurs, an organization that has earned plenty of trust, are a good example. This isn’t Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic. And it's not saying much, but I have more faith in this front office than I did in Vlade Divac and his buddies. Monte McNair did a lot of work on this. We know Murray is an analytics darling, and McNair’s draft history is solid. If he’s right and Murray proves to be the better player, I’ll be the first to give him his praise. But until then, I guess we just have to sit here and hope that the Kings finally got one of these we’re smarter than everyone else decisions right.

Beyond the Murray selection, the Kings had a pretty uneventful draft. Yes, McNair has plenty of time to make trades and improve the roster before the season opener, but teams can and do get significantly better on draft night, and that wasn’t what the Kings explicitly did this year. They drafted the guy they wanted, landed Sasha Vezenkov, a lower level European prospect that may or may not ever play in the NBA, and made some extra cash by selling 2nd round picks. It was a boring and uninspired night from a franchise that still has a lot of work to do before their playoff hopes become a reality.

Greg: I put my thoughts on record before the draft, just to make sure it wouldn't seem like I was simply making excuses after the fact:

I would have picked Ivey, but I don't think the difference between Ivey and Murray is big enough to be overly upset about today. Ivey seems to have the higher upside, and god knows I want the Kings to capitalize on lottery luck and land a true superstar. But Murray is also really, really good, and there's a path for him to become a superstar too. We can quibble about who we think is more or less likely to reach that highest level, but at the end of the day we're all guessing, and there's perfectly sound arguments to be made in favor of either player. But the Kings got a big man who is a good defender and can space the floor, which is exactly what every team in the NBA is looking for in a big man.

I wish the Kings had done more yesterday. I do. I feel like we've spent the last few years waiting for a big swing and instead we keep getting incremental improvement. But I also didn't think it would make sense to trade for John Collins once the Kings had drafted Murray. I still hope the Kings can make another trade, whether that involves Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes, or others, to bolster the overall talent level of this roster. I know the Kings aren't the masters of free agency, but there's still plenty of time for trades to happen. I'm disappointed right now, but I also know the opening day roster could still look very different.

I keep coming back to the idea of "time will tell". We can question a draft pick, but time will tell if this was the right decision or not. This isn't to suggest Monte McNair should get endless time because we always need to wait to evaluate the next moves. He can be judged based on the totality of his tenure. But I find it strange to rush to judgement on yesterday's pick. History hasn't been kind to Kings fans in the draft, but for now I'll hold onto hope that this time will be different, even if history tells me otherwise.

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outrider
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June 24, 2022 2:41 pm

In general, I feel ok about the draft. I do wish they’d drafted somebody with the 37 or used it as part of a larger deal, so that was a bit disappointing.

I could be wrong, but I have a feeling the Euro guy will come over. Curious to see what he can do.

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June 24, 2022 3:25 pm
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Everything is awful

Name one team in the West who is more badly positioned than the Kings.

The only thing Monte has done is put his team in a little better position to draft the only Euro guy that matters in next years draft. The tall French dude.

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June 24, 2022 3:38 pm
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Lakers.

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June 24, 2022 3:57 pm
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Could be a reckoning, especially if they get Kyrie. The Lakers would further mortgage their future to get a name, with no consideration as to how his previous teams “benefited” from signing him.

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June 25, 2022 10:22 am
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The Lakers are a mess but I still think I’d rather have Lebron and AD. Plus, no matter how inept the Lakers are, they are still going to get guys like Lebron that just want to be in LA every so often no matter how bleak it gets.

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June 24, 2022 3:38 pm
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Name one team in the West who is more badly positioned than the Kings.

Heck we may be the worst positioned team in the league, let alone the West.

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June 24, 2022 4:44 pm
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Tripping bud, they are fine and better positioned for the playoffs then they have been in YEARS

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June 24, 2022 4:57 pm
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If they add a player in trade or FA at the level of Fox/Sabonis then maybe they have something.

And I do actually think McNair knows what he’s doing.

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June 24, 2022 4:59 pm
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Is it because of all the clever moves he’s made or trading second round picks? Why are u impressed?

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June 24, 2022 5:04 pm
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I like his draft pics. And though I wanted them to trade Fox, I think Sabonis was a very good get if McNair was forced to go for playoffs rather than full rebuild.

I like Mike Brown as a hire. I like that he didn’t let the shit owner bring in Christie or hire Marc Jackson. Bagley for DDV is good.

He seems like an actual real GM with a system and his guys. The first real GM in Sac since Petrie.

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June 24, 2022 5:05 pm
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I covered this with you in a different thread, and so am surprised you decided to drag the same, already-answered question into this one.

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June 24, 2022 5:36 pm
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Am I supposed to be impressed that you’re a pretentious fool, Andy?

Why, yes, I’m impressed.

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June 24, 2022 7:34 pm
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You are too kind in that description.

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June 24, 2022 10:34 pm
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Is anyone supposed to be impressed that you can spell “pretentious?”

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June 24, 2022 10:35 pm
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Leave me the easy ones Andy.

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June 24, 2022 11:20 pm
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Ok

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June 25, 2022 12:27 am

Not you. Your too easy!

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June 25, 2022 9:32 am
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Ok….

Have to keep it to small words you can read. Until now you, you have never responded to anything I have said even when I directly ask you a question.

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June 25, 2022 11:26 am

We’re Kings fans, not adversaries. I have no beef. If I ignored you, I apologize. I’m not a consistent poster, or reader. I just fade in and out of the convo. I don’t mean to sound hostile.
I appreciate your enthusiasm, and comments, when they are grounded. I feel you like you let your emotion lead you to hyperbolic statements. The negativity can be a drag. We’ve been though enough as Kings fans. There’s no sense in running each other down.
I’m 50 years old, and I’ve been morbidly obsessed with the team since ’96. It’s been a long 16 years. And even the glory years were mostly heart-breaking.
I don’t know anything about you (or anyone else on this forum). I don’t think your a troll (which there are some of on this site). You give me the impression of youthful exuberance gone wild. Some of your posts are entertaining.
Please try to stay positive. If there’s no reason for positivity, there’s no reason to even care (let alone post/participate). Let’s not attack each other. Please forgive my sarcasm as I don’t mean to be confrontational.
If you have a specific question for me, you’ll probably need to ask it while I’m active on here, or I’m probably not likely to even see it. I’m willing to answer, but if it becomes too contentious, or argumentative, I’m out.
Moreover, it’s just my humble (sometimes not humble enough) opinion. There are many more knowledgeable posters on here, and better informed opinions than my own. I’ve been talked away from the ledge on here myself. That’s why I’m here, not to impress anyone with my incite. I offer what I have. Thanks for reading.

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June 25, 2022 11:30 am
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“Incite” Ha Ha, laughing at my own lack of spelling.

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June 25, 2022 10:35 pm
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Read your comments.

I am all for positivity. We can all express our opinion without attacking or insulting people.

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June 25, 2022 9:02 am
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I fee like this unnecessary but hey, I’m just a dude with thoughts.

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June 25, 2022 2:33 pm
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“The Sacramento Kings trade the 38th pick in the NBA draft for (insert player never coming) and the remainder of former coach (insert coach here)’s contract value”

What 2nd found pick has this team developed into an average starter? We have an owner who doesnt invest in that development at all. (see assistant Stockton GM) 2nd round picks here are to be traded for $ to pay fired coaches.

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June 25, 2022 6:46 am
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What about Collins or Kuzma? I like Kuzma better. Would love it if they could also grab Hachimura for backup power forward. He is shooting 44% from three and can play defense. Fox, DD, Kuzma, Murray and Sabonis.

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June 25, 2022 6:56 am
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I watched a lot of Wizards the last two years and Hachimura is not a good defender.

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June 25, 2022 11:45 am
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Hachimura isn’t worth anything to me. Kuzma was really impressive when I saw him live last year. He’s grown into his body and still has nice touch and physical coordination, along with being more on the timeline with Fox-Sabonis. I’d be pretty satisfied if we picked him up.

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June 25, 2022 12:02 pm
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I wouldn’t want the Kings to pick up either guy. Neither player is particularly good IMO.

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June 25, 2022 5:05 pm
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This.

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June 25, 2022 10:57 pm
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Agree with you Richie. I don’t think either guy really helps us.

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June 26, 2022 8:07 am
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Kuzma is very good and why he will be in the league a long time and make a ton of money .

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June 24, 2022 4:58 pm
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Over who? Pelicans? Only team that might be worse (but positioned better for future) is OKC

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June 24, 2022 7:54 pm
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I actually only think there are 4 clear cut top teams in the west: GS, MEM, PHO, DEN. Everyone else has questionable things going on and are reachable

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June 26, 2022 8:10 am
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The Clippers , Suns, Pelicans and Mavericks for certain . Hope the kool aid tastes good now .

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June 26, 2022 10:47 am
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1) No team in the West is more badly positioned than the Kings.
2) The Kings are better positioned than they have been in years.

Both those statements can be true. And probably are, unfortunately.

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June 26, 2022 11:04 am
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I was just thinking that!

The Kings will definitely need some improved play from the roster to move up to the play-in this year. The west looks brutal, but to me, there are also a lot of teams with questionmarks.

How are the Jazz going to look with a new coach and possibly after a big trade? Is Kawhi going to be close to 100%, and if not, will PG remain healthy enough to carry the team for most of the season again? Are the Suns going to trade Ayton, and will CP be able to continue the impressive run this late in his career. The Lakers are another year older, and need LeBron and AD to stay healthy. Are the Spurs any better than last season, and what will the Blazers look like with Dame back?

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June 24, 2022 9:50 pm
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You cry for now but, when/if the Kings are better this season, you don’t get to join the party, and I’m gonna be clownin’ you ceaselessly for being fair-weather, and giving up on the season in June!
Sac has SOME of the best fans in the country.

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June 24, 2022 9:51 pm
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Oh and “more badly?”

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June 24, 2022 10:42 pm
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How’s that Kool aid tasting?

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June 25, 2022 12:26 am
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More badly!

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June 24, 2022 2:43 pm

Did the off-season last only 1 day or did I miss something?

The dread felt amongst kings fans today is a bit ridiculous, acting this is the final product? The off-season has only begun.

The Kings got better yesterday, pure and simple. They added who they thought was the BPA. And added a solid potential 2way player in Ellis.

I know we all expected a lot of activity yesterday, but I can truthfully only point to 1 move yesterday that made a team a better playoff contender, and that was Philly trading for Melton.

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June 24, 2022 2:48 pm
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It’s funny. I read multiple draft analyses last night and they all seemed to follow a familiar script: praise for Murray as a player and the things he brings to the table, then dinging the Kings with the draft grade because he wasn’t Ivey.

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June 24, 2022 2:55 pm
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I was half wondering if the Spurs had pulled off a trade for #4 and took Murray, would the analysts be healing praise on a “smart” Spurs organization because they saw something in Murray. Kings and a history of drafting like the Kangz while the Spurs have a history of drafting players who win rings. It’s all perspective.

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June 24, 2022 3:00 pm
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Yup.

and there was that story where the Warriors were completely enamored with him also, even though they knew they couldn’t get him

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June 25, 2022 9:20 am
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Pretend they never said that. 🤫

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June 24, 2022 5:36 pm
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Vecenie called Murray a good player who was 8th on his board, slammed the Kings for the Davion Mitchell draft last year, the De’Aaron Fox extension and the Haliburton trade in one blurb.

Then he managed to say the Kings might have a good offense. 😂😂😂

One of the hilarious takes I’ve seen in awhile.

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June 24, 2022 3:01 pm
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Yeah, it was like..

”he was the best player in college basketball last year” and then proceed to diss the Kings

whatever

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June 25, 2022 9:24 am
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Emphasis on :

whatever.

It’s just part of being a kings fan. Everyone in here probably gets that but it still sucks to hear the simple narrative regurgitated at every possible opportunity.

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June 24, 2022 4:50 pm
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Jay Bills was on Scot Van Pelt Show after the draft and said Kings made a great pick and Murray was the best player and most NBA ready in the draft . Just sayin .

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June 24, 2022 4:50 pm
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Bilas

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June 24, 2022 4:55 pm
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I think we all know Murray is most NBA ready but who the fuck wants that when you can go for someone who can be a star?

Who wants to top out at the 8th instead of trying to build a title contender?

Maybe Murray is that guy, who knows but NBA ready? Whatever. Kings need talent/stars

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June 24, 2022 4:57 pm
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I think Murray’s more likely to be a star than Ivey. Ivey will need to improve a lot of skills to be a star. Murray’s already a skilled player.

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June 24, 2022 4:59 pm
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I hope you are correct. If McNair is to be believed then they have their 3rd piece.

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June 25, 2022 9:27 am
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Magic Johnson was too nba ready and clearly didn’t improve in his entire career. Just like every 4 year college player that was a mature adult before being drafted in the nba. No upside.

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June 24, 2022 8:37 pm
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Can be a star, yes. Will be a star? Not necessarily.

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June 26, 2022 9:17 am
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maybe! we shall see! i think yes

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June 25, 2022 7:01 am
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Ivey a star ? No evidence just guessing . Murray played in the same conference and had far better stats and was MVP . Facts not guessing .

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June 25, 2022 11:51 am
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What does ‘Star Potential’ mean, anyhow? Murray is a built-in-a-lab forward for the modern NBA. Hits threes, defends 3-5, makes good cuts/drives, rebounds, limits TOs, good athlete with long arms.

Guys like that win titles. Ivey runs faster and jumps higher. If we’re running track, maybe then Ivey has more star potential. Other than that, there’s not much he can do on a basketball court that Murray doesn’t do better. I’ll take my chances with him.

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June 26, 2022 11:11 am
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I think it is the athleticism, and that Ivey does some things that remind people of Ja. If he had Ja’s playmaking abilities, I would be much higher on him. He just seems like a completely different player to me – more of a volume scorer – and I am not sure whether he will be as efficient at that at the NBA level. I’m not saying he can’t learn to be a better playmaker, but it does not seem to be instinctive to him.

I don’t watch much college basketball, so keep in mind that is from a relatively low sample size.

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June 24, 2022 8:23 pm
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I was only speaking to what I read at various sites that offered draft analysis/grades. I’m sure there were people that thought it was a good pick, but that’s not what I was reading at the aforementioned sites.

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June 24, 2022 10:04 pm
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The Jaden Ivey goggles are strong!

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June 25, 2022 9:29 am
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Jayden Ivey koolaid.

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June 25, 2022 1:47 pm
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That’s what the goggles are for!

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June 25, 2022 9:25 am
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1/175

sweet. Someone has their own brain!!!! Yay!!! 😃🤗

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June 25, 2022 9:18 am
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This.

do they not think some people will see how hypocritical they sound? I do.

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June 24, 2022 3:26 pm
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I have heard this silly reasoning for 15 years. It never gets better.

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June 24, 2022 3:40 pm
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Majority of the teams in the NBA got better last night, so not much of an accomplishment. This still isn’t a playoff team so what’s the excitement for? It’s been 16 years of this BS.

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June 24, 2022 4:17 pm
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Yeah there was nothing imaginative how he used the pick and not trying to do something in the second round was perplexing. A smart 4th grader could have done what Monte did last night. Nothing against Murray who may turn out to be a fine player but I’m disappointed nothing more was done.

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June 24, 2022 4:27 pm
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June 25, 2022 9:35 am
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I could never quite grasp why Detroit or Indiana would want to trade up like every pundit and many many fans implied like it was such an easy decision for Monte. The cost to select Keegan Murray at 4 was steep. Why didn’t anyone trade with Detroit to get Ivey? Was Detroit stupid and miss a huge opportunity to trade down and get more assets when Ivey “fell” to them? Where were the huge offers the kings passed up on. This stuff is too easy to debunk.

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June 24, 2022 4:59 pm
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This

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June 24, 2022 4:14 pm
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If Ellis is a two way player you have a very loose definition of a two way player.

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June 24, 2022 4:47 pm
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He’s on a 2 way contract & has the potential to be a good 3&D player (though it seems like he’ll have to at least get stronger to do that), so it works in 1 sense of being a 2 way player & could potentially work in a 2nd way

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June 24, 2022 6:49 pm
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Ellis was named to the All SEC Defensive Team and he also shot 37% from 3 and 88% from the FT line, so he looks like a potential two-way player.

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June 25, 2022 9:16 am
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I for one didn’t think anything was going to happen on draft night. I’ve learned my lesson long long ago. There’s always a lot of chatter around this team making moves and being in on several trade talks. Very rarely does anything extra ever happen. Very rarely.

Murray and trading away second round picks is par for the course. I like Keegan over Jayden. Maybe I’m wrong but the Ivey hype was total BS. Sure he’s good but if he was so amazing he would have snuck into the top 3. I don’t buy that drafting Murray was for “fit” or the “safe pick”. He was voted the best player in college basketball last year. Not sure where an argument can be made that makes his selection any less smart then literally any player in this draft. It’s not fact. The professional opinion makers form normal fans opinions. Those guys are routinely wrong every year without fail. Keep it real.

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June 25, 2022 2:46 pm
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Agreed! If movement and gambling the franchise assets, just the sake of doing so, is the best draft day option, then the Knicks won the decade Thursday.

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June 24, 2022 2:50 pm

Totally agree with Greg that “We can quibble about who we think is more or less likely to reach that highest level, but at the end of the day we’re all guessing, and there’s perfectly sound arguments to be made in favor of either player.” I think a lot of people get into their draft mode and think their guesstimates are scientific truth (hmm, hmm, James Ham). What about the three #2 pick in the draft players who played for the Kings in the last seven or eight years? If I remember, Bucks fans were ecstatic to get Jabari Parker in 2014. Darrell Williams was rated most NBA ready in the draft. How did that turn out long term?

I don’t mind taking fit into consideration for a draft pick. Murray and Ivey were the two best players in the Big 10 this year but Murray is like getting a solid fielding short stop while Ivey is like a potentially decent hitting left fielder. There are a lot more of the latter than the former. If scoring 2 guard is such a position of need why did the Kings trade Buddy Hield?

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June 24, 2022 4:55 pm
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Agree and Murray not Ivey was Big 10 MVP with better stats across the board .

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June 26, 2022 9:20 am
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A lot of these analysts don’t know what they are talking about or just throw a lot of fluff out there that means nothing.

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June 24, 2022 2:52 pm

Can anyone clarify, when a team trades for cash (as the Kings often do) does that money go into an operational budget that Monte has to play with or into the pockets of owners? Or is it some combination of both?

Also, if it goes into an operational budget, why have the last 3 GMs under Vivek so often traded for cash? Are they limited by ownership with a budget of how much they can spend, because we all know they’ve been in the bottom half of salaries in the Vivek era.

I only ask because it seems to me the Kings do it more often than any other franchise.

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June 24, 2022 6:13 pm
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Can anyone clarify, when a team trades for cash (as the Kings often do) does that money go into an operational budget that Monte has to play with or into the pockets of owners? Or is it some combination of both?

I’m going to guess that it’s going to the operational budget, but that’s to make up for shortfalls in that budget. Or possibly, just to increase the overall budget.

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June 24, 2022 7:39 pm
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At least you state you are guessing this time.

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June 24, 2022 9:29 pm

As opposed to what other times?

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June 24, 2022 11:27 pm
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Generally you talk out of your ass and act like it is some sort of gospel while trying to pretend to be smart by writing endless rambling posts that you copy paste random crap you read into without any order or logic followed by quoting someone’s point but never actually making your own rambling point that never ends t just goes and goes sometimes about clay ovens sometimes about basketball usually copy and pasted stuff from your latest Google search……just rambling nonsense.

You should be the only one that might understand that……

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June 25, 2022 12:29 am

Great contribution! Very constructive.

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June 25, 2022 3:11 am

sometimes about clay ovens

I didn’t realize I had mentioned clay ovens. Since we’re here, I highly recommend them. My Mom and I had a terrific sirloin baked in one. Threw in some red potatoes, carrots, red bell peppers and onions as well. Awesome stuff once we cooked the sirloin long enough. (It depends on your preferred preparation, of course.)

I didn’t realize you were such a big fan of clay ovens!!! Nice to meet ya buddy!!!

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June 24, 2022 7:38 pm
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The check goes to the organization and the organization decides what to do with it. Same as when you buy something from a store. The business gets the money and decides what to do with it.

We can only hope the Kings use it to improve. Most likely use it to pay coaches that no longer work here.

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June 24, 2022 3:08 pm

Damn, I was having login issues yesterday during the draft, so I couldn’t comment on TKH until I tried again just now. Glad I’m freeeee!

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June 24, 2022 3:10 pm
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Coincidence?
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June 24, 2022 4:15 pm
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I have never seen Klam and Monte McNair in the same room at the same time.

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June 24, 2022 5:46 pm
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That’s probably a good thing. I’m quite sure Klam has forgotten more about Chinese food than Monte McNair will ever know. And that loss of knowledge would set humanity back quite a ways. We couldn’t have a football jock from an Ivy school suddenly become a connoisseur on what constitutes good Chinese food, could we? That would just be wrong.

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June 25, 2022 9:17 pm
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Probably even a connoisseur about Chines breakfast!

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June 24, 2022 11:02 pm
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Spock gif = auto up vote

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June 24, 2022 3:40 pm
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I know how you feel. My Cable and internet went down around 5:15 and I didn’t get back up and running til around 7:00. Most relaxing draft I’ve gone thru in years. I could not be more pleased with the Murray selection and believe he is actually going to help make the team better in his rookie year. Don’t understand why the Kings didn’t hold on to their first second round pick but WTF.

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June 24, 2022 4:59 pm
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Jaden Hardy may well turn out to be this years Gary Trent that was given away . Seemed a mistake based on his top 5 HS rating . Not taking a swing where it’s easy could prove costly .

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June 24, 2022 5:03 pm
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More likely he’s this year’s Jordan Bone.

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June 25, 2022 7:08 am

Yes, probably true but if he finds his potential it is a Sluck up on asset acquisition . Just sayin when you don’t swing you can’t hit .

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June 26, 2022 11:18 am
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I guess I just don’t get how drafting Murray is not swinging.

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June 26, 2022 1:15 pm
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Drafting Murray at 4 is not swinging at 37. They had another couple ABs if they wanted them.

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June 24, 2022 3:22 pm

I don’t buy Monte’s “No Mandate” comment. His days are numbered. If the Kings don’t trend towards Play-in, Monte will be Vi-wrecked. If so I don’t see Sabonis re-signing either 23-24 season.

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June 24, 2022 3:42 pm
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Highly unlikely we make the playoffs or play-in this year, so I think MM is gone next off season.

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June 24, 2022 4:19 pm
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Agree, if nothing more is done and I mean significantly more, we are looking at 30-35 wins next year.

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June 24, 2022 3:29 pm

A real GM would have shipped out Fox and Barnes, acquired multiple assets, saved cap space, and started this dreck team from scratch.

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June 24, 2022 4:20 pm
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So true, anybody off the streets could have done what Monte did last night.

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June 24, 2022 4:24 pm
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June 24, 2022 4:35 pm
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Let’s hear it for your New 2023-24 GM, cum New 2023-24 PG…
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