2022 NBA Draft: Jaden Ivey says going to Kings ‘wouldn’t be the worst thing’

With less than four days to go before draft day, the Sacramento Kings are still up in the air with prospects and their overall decision with the No. 4 overall pick.

In Monday’s media availability of the NBA draft, Ivey spoke to reporters about his contact or lack thereof with Sacramento:

“I had no contact with them, it didn’t work out for them. I just let that process happen on its own,” Ivey said. “If I was moved there, that wouldn’t be the worst option.”

It has been rumored that Ivey already maintains a steady disdain for being drafted fourth overall by Sacramento despite being the most likely projected player to join the Kingdom. After Ivey hasn’t revealed much about their relationship to date, Ivey confirmed he wasn’t one of the dozen who were training for Sacramento, though his name was likely read by Adam Silver on Thursday.

It would be incredibly confusing that the Kings front office would not extend an invitation to speak to or see Purdue’s acclaimed second-team All American. Despite perhaps (and probably) making a strong effort by Monte McNair to hear a reply from Ivey, the conversation was set to one-way.

“It’s not a conscious decision. I never really made the decision not to talk to Sacramento. It just happened,” Ivey said.

The situation in Sacramento remains quirky as election trades continue to heat up. With confirmation that Sacramento has been in talks with other teams in the league to re-gift their top 5 lottery picks from a Deep Draft class, the Kingdom is poised for the next four days as the future of the franchise continues to take shape.

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