With the 2022 NBA Draft just days away, The Athletics Shams Charania has decided to share some very interesting news with the NBA world, especially regarding the Sacramento Kings.
About Charania’s recurring column Inside Pass with Shams (emphasis mine):
The Kings are getting more and more comfortable drawing at number 4 in Thursday’s draft and have detailed a hefty prize for teams behind them in the lottery trying to trade in, sources said. Sacramento general manager Monte McNair has held talks with Hawks forward John Collins – among a number of other established, prolific players in the market – but There was no involvement of the number 4 in discussions about Collinsand McNair will ultimately make the election decision, sources say.
Less than a week ago, prior to picking Game 6 of the NBA Finals, ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski speaks about how a large number of teams have contacted the Sacramento Kings to trade the election. That this news was important enough to break at a Finals game made the idea all the more real for Kings fans.
Up to this point, coverage had consistently implied that the Kings might be ready to postpone the election. Now, however, it looks like the thought of a big time trade is a little far-fetched.
Atlanta’s John Collins, a player who has been on the Kings’ radar for quite some time, now appears to be a potential trade target. Collins is one of the most athletic players in the league at the power forward position and has multiple spots to defend as well. He brings a lot of what kings need. The interesting notion is that the No. 4 pick was not included in any of the Atlanta talks. If Sacramento somehow managed to land Collins while De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis stayed along with the pick, the Kings could be looking at their most talented roster since the Chris Webber era.
With his last two first-round picks, King’s general manager Monte McNair made great picks in Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell. With this year being his highest pick yet, rumor has it he’s happy with the idea of keeping the pick rather than seeking a trade.
Rumor has it McNair and the rest of the organization for Keegan Murray are from Iowa. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes wrote in an article this morning that the Kings even arranged a private dinner for Murray with Fox and Sabonis:
The Sacramento Kings – owners of the No. 4 – are high on Murray and even set up dinner with team stars De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Murray has been on Sacramento’s radar since before the lottery and has not only the physical tools but also the mental acuity to make an immediate impact in the league. He’s been called the “safest” pick for Sacramento in recent weeks. Not only does he play a position the Kings desperately need talent for, he also has the attitude and work ethic this organization needs. Murray went from just a scholarship offer to a consensus first-team All-American and a potential top-five pick in the NBA draft.
Corresponding DraftKings Sportsbook Murray currently has the second-highest odds of finishing fourth at +300, behind Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, who sits at -400.
Those odds are miles in Ivey’s favor. But depending on how dinner with the fox and the ox goes, they can change drastically.
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