Rumors Roundup: Kings’ decision on whether or not to keep No. 4 pick to ‘go right down to the wire’

The Kings are still deliberating on if they’ll keep the No. 4 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, or if they will trade it and let some other team select Jaden Ivey.
By | 0 Comments | Jun 22, 2022

Less than 48 hours from tonight, the Sacramento Kings will be on the clock with the No. 4 overall draft pick, and are currently in the process of making a final decision about what to do with it as the rumor mill churns throughout the league.

Sacramento is one of the harder to projects teams in the draft's Top 10 decision, as their options to trade for an established player in the league and augment their mid-20’s talent or draft a young, promising athlete have caused confusion about their intentions throughout the NBA.

But despite the conflicting rumors, one thing is agreed upon: no one knows what the Kings’ decision on Draft Day will be.

During a television appearance, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said Sacramento’s future will most likely be undecided until the moments the bell chimes and Adam Silver takes to the podium to announce their pick.

Their cold feet to take the best player available might be because — as Marc Stein noted in his recent Substack and has been extensively reported — Ivey apparently doesn't want to be in Sacramento (via Stein):

But in spite of the cold shoulder from Ivey, talks of drafting the Purdue star have remained hot, with the option of adding Keegan Murray (who has already stated his interested and affinity in joining Sacramento) also a possibility:

And while the No. 4 pick sits in limbo, the league is on call for moving up in the draft with the amount of talent this class boasts. Several teams have reportedly inquired about Sacramento’s pick, and a trade this week before the draft is still not out of the question as a result.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report wrote that teams from both conferences are highly interested in taking Murray or Ivey at the four spot:

The timing will take the Kingdom to the brink, as Fischer's reporting agreed with Woj’s, writing that decisions will come down to the wire:

Adding to the chaos is that despite the certainty on many draft boards, the two stars continue to flip flop as the week progresses.

Jonathan Givony of ESPN added in his latest mock draft that Sacramento is open to moving their high pick if the price is right — and McNair is not settling for small offers:

This roster will look different by the end of the week — whether with the addition of familiar league faces or a bright young prospect. In a perfect world, it might even be both. McNair’s feet are to the fire as the closing hours ensue to make a deal or pick his player. All eyes in the association seem to be on Sacramento — and this is their opportunity to make some noise with an upper hand.

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