Does anyone else think that the Kings best option is to trade their pick? I certainly believe so, and here's why:
The Kings want to win now and the should take advantage of having a top 10 pick in a loaded draft and trade it away for an already established player who can contribute right away. The risk is just to high to bring in a young player and just hope that he can produce for you right off the bat because its not always guaranteed. Sometimes it can work out and you can have a player that gives you every thing you asked for and more straight away like a Damian Lillard, Michael Carter-Williams or Klay Thompson. But i just don't think the Kings are willing to take that risk right now as they are in win now mode, as we have seen from the aggressive moves they have made eg. Rudy Gay.
I think if the Kings do trade their pick they should be looking for one in return because this is an extremely deep draft, one of the deepest in a long time. They could grab a pick in the mid to late first round and draft someone like a Tyler Ennis who gives you the pass first point guard the Kings need or Elfrid Payton who is a very intriguing prospect that has the potential to be one of the biggest steals in the draft, in my opinion. Yes he is very young and played in the Sun Belt conference but he played very well when matched up against top tier teams. He has been compared to Rondo cause of his length and defensive ability, attacks the rim well and is very unselfish which is what the Kings need. His jump shot still needs a lot of work though. I think he would fit in very well with the Kings, would be a solid backup behind Isaiah if he stays. If he had a consistent jump shot i believe he would be the best point guard in this draft ahead of Marcus Smart.
The best trade rumor out there in regards to the Kings 8th pick is the Kevin Love one. I really like our chances to land Love as we seem to be the only team that is willing to take the risk of trading for Love without guarantee that he will resign, and i think our front office has a very good chance of convincing him to resign with us if we happen to make the Playoffs next season, especially with the new arena on the way the following season, i think Love would be very intrigued and interested to be apart of the future in Sacramento. Making the playoffs is an absolute MUST though as that is what he wants and is the whole reason why he wants out of Minnesota. I don't mind giving up Ben McLemore to get Love as landing Love would put us right in playoff contention. if we can also add some depth this team has the potential to be very good. I love Ben McLemore and i think hes going to be an extremely good player but i don't think that's going to happen for another 2-3 years. Other teams like Phoenix can put together much better trade packages than the Kings can for Kevin Love but they arent willing to give up everything to get a one-year rental of Love. If i were the Suns i would certainly not trade away Dragic, Bledose AND a first rounder to get Love, thats just crazy. The Suns are one or two solid free agents away from making the playoffs and giving up your two best players will only send you downwards. Enough about the Suns though!
Aaron Afflalo is another name that has come up in trade rumors and i see him being a very realistic trade target for the Kings. He can be a 3rd or 4th option scoring wise on the Kings and would instantly come in and be the Kings best defensive player. and defense is a BIG need for the Kings. To me he is a perfect fit for the Kings and could also help Ben McLemore with his growth, it may take minutes away from Ben but he could learn from Afflalo and could be very beneficial to him. He would improve the Kings and his addition will lead to more wins for the Kings but will it be enough to help them get into the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference?.... Thats a tough one to answer, would depend on what other pieces the Kings could add via free agency but his addition certainly increases our chances.
WIN NOW! The new ownership/front office wants change and are doing everything they can to make the Kings a playoff basketball team. I think we are nearly there but the next step is to trade our 8th pick and get us a player that can help us right away, instead of risking it on a young player that may take time to develop or may never develop at all. The Kings have many options on draft night, but their best one is to trade the pick. Ultimately that's what i believe they will do.