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Kings trade 49th pick for rights to Sasha Vezenkov and cash

The Sacramento Kings traded the 49th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the draft rights to Olympiacos' Sasha Vezenkov and cash considerations.

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:

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.

The Kings still have the 4th and 37th pick in tonight's draft, which starts at 5 PM Pacific.

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Kosta
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June 23, 2022 10:25 am

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June 23, 2022 10:31 am
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Fly the banner: KINGS TRADE PICK!!!

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June 23, 2022 11:46 am
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Warriors with billion dollar payroll. Vivek trading for equivalent of two houses in Tahoe Park

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June 23, 2022 12:38 pm
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I wish. Vivek is only owner voicing who he wants in the draft in all the draft info coming out.

Hopefully Monte makes choice but Vivek’s head is so far up his butt he doesn’t even realize his opinions on hoops are always wrong.

Just sit back and let your GM work. Idiot.

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June 23, 2022 1:51 pm
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Kind of worries me honestly. We’re back to trading for cash. Or maybe that means Vivek is cash poor and might need to sell.

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June 23, 2022 10:51 am
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Crandell: BREAKING: Kings trade 3rd pick Billy Owens to Golden State for Mitch Richmond.

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June 23, 2022 2:14 pm
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2) Kings draft Syracuse F Donte Green to address hole at Small Forward position.

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June 23, 2022 10:30 am

Looks like Monte is going all in with a power move like this one!

(serious note: I’m intrigued by the idea of him coming over)

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June 23, 2022 11:13 am
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A couple mil and potential contributor for the 49th pick? McGenius? 🤔

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June 23, 2022 10:37 am

If they can get him over looks like he could be depth at the 4 spot, especially with his shooting

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June 23, 2022 10:46 am

I hope to all hell that this is a minor move setting up a bigger move.

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June 23, 2022 10:54 am
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Eh, it’s most likely just unloading a pick they weren’t planning on rostering and getting a little money and perhaps a low-pay-off lottery ticket in return.

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June 23, 2022 12:38 pm

That’s exactly what this is.

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June 23, 2022 2:15 pm
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Man, this quote is straight out of the Pete D era.

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June 23, 2022 10:46 am

This guy’s a lefty. One step closer to an all-lefty squad. Let’s go!

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June 23, 2022 11:16 am

The Kings have never been alright.

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June 23, 2022 11:22 am

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June 23, 2022 10:52 am

Cash considerations, how I missed you…

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June 23, 2022 2:18 pm
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I still maintain that the greatest Kangz trade of all time occurred in 2014 at the trade deadline, when the Kings traded a top-55 protected pick to the Heat for Roger Mason, Jr. and $500,000 in cash considerations. The Heat had no room for Mason Jr. in their rotation and really needed to free up a roster spot. The Kings immediately waived him. As someone put it (paraphrasing), “the Heat just paid the Kings $500k to fire Roger Mason Jr. for them.” Peak Kangz.

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June 23, 2022 4:00 pm
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That Gary Trent Jr. deal stunk too.

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June 23, 2022 11:07 am

We finally have our Luka

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June 23, 2022 11:12 am

And so it begins!

In Monte We Trust!

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June 23, 2022 11:17 am

Sasha and casha. Cool cool.

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June 23, 2022 11:30 am

Draft day. Hoo-ray!

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June 23, 2022 11:32 am

The Cash is probably for the buy out

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June 23, 2022 12:01 pm

Paying for Luke or gentry’s salary this year, I’m sure.

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June 23, 2022 12:55 pm
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I think Sasha looks a bit like Luke.

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June 23, 2022 2:20 pm
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That’s unfortunate for multiple reasons.

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June 23, 2022 11:35 am

Grade the Trade!

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June 23, 2022 11:42 am

I wouldn’t have done it if there wasn’t a guarantee that he comes over for at least one season.

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June 23, 2022 11:48 am
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there’s no realistic way to guarantee that

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June 23, 2022 12:22 pm
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I understand. Thus why I wouldn’t have done that trade. I’d have rather traded 37 and 49 to move up 2-3 spots. Dollar bills can’t hit a three.

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June 23, 2022 2:20 pm
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Neither could any of Monte’s second round picks

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June 23, 2022 12:40 pm
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I’d imagine that the front office would have reached out to Vezenkove to gauge his interest before bothering to make the trade.

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June 23, 2022 12:49 pm
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KaNGz suck at tampering as well.

Probably waiting to cash the check from the Cavaliers before calling the guy to say hello.

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June 23, 2022 12:00 pm

Monte is officially open for business, ladies and gentleman.

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June 23, 2022 12:22 pm

Kings wanted to avoid 2 young guys with 2 way contracts- some agents don’t like that.
I hope he comes over. Can shoot. Kings need that. He has an NBA buy-out clause for nest two years. I wonder if the 1,75 M cash is for that purpose.?

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June 23, 2022 12:37 pm

Would love to see this guy in town for training camp. He looks like he sees the floor well, makes good cuts to the hoop, and has a smooth shooting stroke. Sabonis & Fox would tee him up on back cuts all day.

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June 23, 2022 12:53 pm

Too bad the Kings cannot feed even this low level deal to the local media to get some credibility.

Woj must be contacted regarding every deal obviously.

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June 23, 2022 1:31 pm

Per Hollinger: “…good shooter with tremendous feel for the game, but his slow feet are likely to make life difficult for him on defense…”

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June 23, 2022 2:22 pm
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Sounds like a high-BBIQ guy who just knows how to play. If slow feet are his biggest concern, I’m all for giving him a shot. This team needs more brains!

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June 23, 2022 4:42 pm
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Sounds like Nemanja

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June 23, 2022 1:31 pm

Vivek to McNair: Is there any way we can trade one of our picks for cash considerations?

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June 23, 2022 1:49 pm

Seems like a traditional Kangz move to me. Should they be acquiring assets not giving them away for cash considerations. Every time the Kangs trade for cash considerations he never works out. He couldn’t play the 3 or the 4 and he’s never helped the Kangs do anything. I’d rather have John Salmons back.

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June 23, 2022 1:52 pm
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I don’t know – they traded for the rights of a guy that seems every bit as likely / unlikely to contribute as a #49 pick. So, nothing to see here, moving on kind of move?

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June 23, 2022 2:24 pm
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The #49 pick isn’t much of an asset unless it’s used as filler in some larger deal. Getting $1.75 million and an all-league, good-shooting Euro wing entering his prime is more than fair value for this pick. The Kings traded a marginal asset for (IMHO) a slightly less marginal asset and cash. A very minor win, but a win.

ZenBaller
June 23, 2022 1:51 pm

I happen to be “that guy” from Greece who is actually a fan of Olympiacos and of course, a Kings fan since the mid 90s. So, here are a few of my totally amateur observations for Vezenkov, in case you want to know:

  • Very smart. He knows how to be in the right places in both offense and defense. He has a great sense of space.
  • He is amazing offensively in close outs, due to his very quick (left handed) release and reading the defender instinctively for a fast reaction. He can read and move through lanes and has solid fundamentals overall.
  • If his 3p skill stays at a high level, the extra spacing in the NBA could make him valuable.
  • He is slow but he is very agile. He is not athletic but he has good positioning, hence the good rebounding numbers.
  • For some reason, he has very fast hands and makes tons of deflections, even though his lateral quickness is low. He is more a “very annoying” defender for the offense, rather than a good one.
  • His high IQ balances his lack of athleticism in Europe (which is not a must here anyway) and it feels like he always searches for the smart move, playing out of trouble while avoiding getting physical.
  • Although his court vision and passing are way above average, he is not a point forward or anything similar. He actually looks like he wants to get rid of the ball as fast as possible and make a quick play.

Overall, given that he is a proven professional with some good skills and an All-EuroLeague First Team award this year, this trade is a low key steal. The chasm between Europe and the NBA is still huge (don’t be fooled by the Jokic’s and Giannis’s), so all this could be non-consequential. Good move from the office though.

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June 23, 2022 2:19 pm
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thanks for the info

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June 23, 2022 2:44 pm
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thanks.

he could be valuable in situations where the opponent is just as slow as he is- Belly or the opponent is not a threat offensively.
There are options in many games for this.

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June 23, 2022 2:54 pm
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Thanks, was hoping someone would have intel!

So is he the best player on the team? Go-to guy?

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June 23, 2022 4:56 pm
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In Europe, it’s less usual to see an obvious go-to guy. It’s more of a situational scoring with few isolation plays. Mostly small teams have crazy scorers.

He was not the main scorer anyway. He might finished first in ppg (14 ppg in 30 mpg) but that’s because he had the most minutes per game and was much more efficient than the rest. In usage, he was probably 3rd.

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June 23, 2022 3:12 pm
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And yet one more reason why I love this place. Thanks, Zen!

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June 23, 2022 3:36 pm
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You’re the real MVP. Thanks!

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June 23, 2022 2:12 pm

Never heard of this guy, but he’s probably better than whomever the team would’ve picked at 49 will turn out to be. And hey, more money!

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June 23, 2022 2:37 pm

Banchero is wearing a deep purple suit. Just noting it.

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June 23, 2022 3:16 pm
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Smokescreen. (on the water)

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June 23, 2022 3:23 pm
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Given how much that guy sweats, that is probably just the first of several outfits for the evening.

Is Davis back from Taco Bell yet?

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June 23, 2022 3:50 pm
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Several rumors over in San Antonio re a Collins trade from the Hawks to SAS, followed by a note that the trade appears to be dead for now. Plastic worms….

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June 23, 2022 4:26 pm
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Hawks want D. Murray. SAS wants a Jrue Holiday deal”- is not happening.
Hawks say Kings offer underwhelming. If Collins comes to Sac, look for Ivey. If not, Look Murray

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June 23, 2022 3:28 pm

Monte: Sorry guys, I don’t have enough time to meet with Jaden Ivey. I’m too busy shopping the 49th pick.

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June 23, 2022 4:37 pm
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I like this plan

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June 23, 2022 3:30 pm

The day before and day of the draft and we’re getting next to zero posts on TKH. What gives? 🤷‍♂️

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June 23, 2022 3:34 pm
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Next to zero is one. We’re at three and counting over the past two days, yes?

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June 23, 2022 4:31 pm
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The draft is peak content for King’s fans considering we are never in the playoffs. All kinds of rumors flying around, it’d be nice to have posts that’s all regarding scenarios and rumors.
Thanks for your comment though.

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June 23, 2022 6:15 pm
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Ask for a refund.

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June 23, 2022 3:35 pm
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We’re all scared.

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June 23, 2022 3:36 pm
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June 23, 2022 4:01 pm
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I try not to celebrate the upcoming destruction of a young man’s career.

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June 23, 2022 4:33 pm
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Trying to be positive this draft, not easy after 15 years of ineptitude but let’s do this.

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June 23, 2022 6:18 pm
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What did you find inept about the last two years of that period?

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June 23, 2022 4:09 pm

I can haz Draft Day Open Thread?

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June 23, 2022 4:09 pm

Can we get an NBA draft live thread?

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June 23, 2022 4:09 pm
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JINX!

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June 23, 2022 4:34 pm
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Don’t ask, I got reprimanded for bringing up the lack of posts.

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June 23, 2022 4:13 pm

If/when they trade back with Indiana I presume the 31st pick is part of the package, so it makes a little sense to spin this one off for a pile and a player. Three second rounders is probably one too many.
Good job. Maybe.

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June 23, 2022 4:40 pm

Loved him in ‘Enemy at the Gates’ a real team player.

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June 23, 2022 4:40 pm

I will gladly trade whatever 2nd round pick I accrue for $1.75m in cash.

No reasonable cash offers will be denied.

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June 23, 2022 4:41 pm

I don’t watch college basketball and only gather information on prospects based on reports prior to the draft.

That said, and me not knowing what Im talking about, I think the Kings have to take Jaden Ivey. The Kings need assets, and it sounds like he will be the BPA, and appears to be in demand.

On a side note, any chance Chet slips? His light frame worries me. That height and 195 pounds is not ideal.

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June 23, 2022 7:14 pm

Yes! More shooting!

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