Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson (0) celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 64-62 in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The great Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Sacramento Kings will not entertain trades involving the No. 5 pick until the first four picks are made. Why? Oh, just because ...
Kings will not entertain trading 5th pick until they see who is available, sources tell Y! Word is Sacramento loves Kansas' Thomas Robinson.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 28, 2012
That's right: Thomas Robinson is the player the Kings think they can land at No. 5. I also happen to believe that they'll keep it if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remains on the board, and will consider trades if both are gone. If a good trade can't be found, I think the Kings will be content to take Damian Lillard.
What are the paths to ThRob being available at No. 5? Either the Bobcats take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist outright, or they trade with the Cavaliers (who are after Bradley Beal) and take MKG or Harrison Barnes at No. 4. I do think that it is less likely that Robinson will be available than it is that MKG will be available, but we'll see soon enough.