The Kings have made a trade! Of course, it’s not the one anyone really cares about as it just involves the 49th pick in tonight’s draft.
From Adrian Wojnarowski:
Cleveland is acquiring Sacramento's pick at 49 in tonight's NBA draft for the rights to Sasha Vezenkov, sources tell ESPN. Vezenkov, 26, was a first-team All-EuroLeague forward this season. He was the 57th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2022
Sasha Vezenkov is a 6’9 forward who averaged 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 37.8% from three for Olympiacos (one of the top basketball clubs in Europe) this season. He was also recently named to the 2021-22 All-EuroLeague First Team, joining Mike James, Nikola Mirotic, Shane Larkin and Walter Tavares. Vezenkov is the only one of those players without some NBA experience.
Cavs reporter Chris Fedor also mentions that the Kings are getting $1.75 million in cash in addition to Sasha Vezenkov’s draft rights.
This isn’t completely surprising as it seemed unlikely the Kings wanted to add two more young guys in the second round of the draft as they also have the 37th pick. Getting cash and Vezenkov is a decent value proposition for the 49th pick.
Who knows if Vezenkov will ever come over to the NBA, but unlike most of these draft rights trades, he actually seems like a prospect that could have a chance at coming over. Vezenkov’s last 5 games, all this month, saw him average 17.6 points while making an absurd 73.7% of his threes (14/19 attempts). At the very least, that shooting is intriguing, and it’s a big team need. Per a report from Eurohoops last year, Vezenkov has an NBA buyout clause in his contract for both this summer and next summer.
Dream. Believe. Do. Repeat.
— Olympiacos B.C. (@olympiacosbc) April 28, 2022
The Kings still have the 4th and 37th pick in tonight’s draft, which starts at 5 PM Pacific.