A week after the 2022 NBA draft, trade rumors circulate about the Sacramento Kings’ plan for the No. 4.
Quinton Mayo, a Washington Wizards insider, reported in his substack on Thursday that Washington has a keen interest in Jaden Ivey, widely considered the fourth-best pick in this year’s draft:
Washington’s front office is really high on 6-foot-4 guard Jaden Ivey of Purdue. They’ve spent a lot of time discussing potential trade packages to acquire Sacramento’s number four overall, Ivey’s assumed draft position, sources tell me. Ivey, 20, regularly draws comparisons to explosive combo guards Ja Morant and Russell Westbrook.
Ivey’s fit in Washington makes a lot of sense given their team lacks a solid guard game, save for Bradley Beal, who is expected to sign a massive deal to remain in DC this offseason. Ivey’s athletic ability would complement Beal’s shooting and playing skills in the backcourt.
What would a trade pack coming back to Sacramento look like?
For starters, you’d think there would have to be the No. 10 this season, plus possibly Kyle Kuzma and one of Deni Avidija or Rui Hachimura, with perhaps even another future protected first-round pick joining the kings. For Sacramento, this package would keep them in the lottery and give them a chance to draft a promising rookie while adding to their currently barren wing depth.
While this sort of package certainly adds to Sacramento’s depth, it’s hard to see any of the returning plays have longtime star Jaden Ivey, making it a iffy move overall.
Expect more chatter about the Kings and No. 4 over the next week as we get closer and closer to the draft.