It's looking less and less likely that the Kings will actually pick someone at the 8th spot on Thursday. Earlier today we heard rumors that the Bulls were looking to potentially move up to 8 and we've heard all month that Sacramento has been actively shopping the pick. Now it looks as if the Kings aren't just shopping but have actual deals on the table to choose from.
Sources said the Kings have two deals that could be done prior to Thursday's 2 p.m. trade deadline to change the draft order and one would be a draft night deal, depending on which players are available when the Kings select.
The three deals would return multiple draft picks and a veteran player to the Kings for the No. 8 pick.
Sources wouldn't reveal the three teams involved in the negotiations yet, but the source said the discussions are more than talk now and the Kings are weighing the offers against the potential four players who the Kings think will be available at No. 8, depending on what occurs in front of them in the lottery.
The Kings have had multiple offers for the No. 8 pick but have settled on these three possible deals.
From this report it seems likely that the Kings will probably use the 8th pick to move down in the draft while also snagging a veteran player. As for who the three teams that are potentially involved in these deals are, nobody can say for sure yet, but we can narrow the list down a bit when we look at teams with assets to give as well as veteran players.
Teams in bold are teams that I think are more likely than others. Teams in italic are teams that I think are very unlikely. That's just my opinion of course.
- Milwaukee: #2, #31, #36, #48, and basically everybody on their team available aside from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
- Philadelphia: #3, #10, #32, #39, #47, #52, #54, Thaddeus Young
- Orlando: #4, #12, Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, Mo Harkless
- Boston: #6, #17, Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk
- Charlotte: #9, #24, Gerald Henderson
- Denver: #11, #41, #56, Ty Lawson, Javale McGee, Timofey Mozgov, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler
- Minnesota: #13, #40, #54, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer
- Phoenix: #14, #18, #27, #50, Goran Dragic, Morris Twins, Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green
- Atlanta: #15, #43, Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroeder, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, Al Horford
- Chicago: #16, #19, #49, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell, Joakim Noah
- Oklahoma City: #21, #29, Reggie Jackson
- Toronto: #20, #37, Amir Johnson
- San Antonio: #30, #58, #60, Tiago Splitter, Danny Green
- Memphis: #22, Ed Davis, Tony Allen, Kosta Koufos
- Indiana: #57, Roy Hibbert, George Hill
- Dallas: #34, #51, Monta Ellis
- Houston: #25, #42, Terrence Jones, Omer Asik, Patrick Beverly
- New Orleans: Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson
- Detroit: #38, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings
- Washington: #46, Nene
- Golden State: Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes
- Miami: #55, Norris Cole
- Utah: #5, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks
- L.A. Lakers: #7
- L.A. Clippers: #28, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford
- Brooklyn: Deron Williams, Brook Lopez
- Cleveland: #1, #33, Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao, Jarrett Jack
- New York: Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler, Andreahahahahhahaha sorry I couldn't finish that
- Portland: Nicolas Batum, C.J. McCollum, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews
So in my opinion, the most likely candidates are Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Orlando, Phoenix, Atlanta and Chicago. Each of those teams can offer the Kings quality picks and veteran players that would be an upgrade at a position for Sacramento. Of course, Thursday's still a ways away and it's very possible these deals the Kings potentially have on the table multiply or even dwindle depending on what other action happens at or before the draft. It should be an exciting few days.