The Sacramento Kings conducted their first pre-draft workout on Friday, and while none of the players involved are going to be in the discussion for the Kings 6th pick, it didn't stop the media from asking Kings VP Vlade Divac all about it. Divac was as candid as he could be in this interview, which you can watch here.
Early on in the interview with assembled media, Divac mentions that the Kings have "five, six guys on the radar" when it comes to Sacramento's lottery pick. While he also said that the Kings need talent everywhere, he also said the player would likely be a "2, 3 or 4". The inclusion of the "2 and 3" in that priority list might surprise some Kings fans given the fact that Sacramento has Rudy Gay and also spent their last two lottery picks on Shooting Guards, but the Kings still lack consistency and depth at both positions.
There's also the fact that some of the bigger names at other positions likely won't be there when the Kings pick. The only top-tier PG that could potentially fall to the Kings is Emmanuel Mudiay, and that's still an unlikely possibility. With Cousins manning the center position, any big the Kings would draft would be brought in with the belief that he could play the four next to Cousins long-term.
Not included in the interview was a separate television segment on Vlade by Fox40's Jim Crandell, who asked him about Kristaps Porzingis.
If you missed my segment last night, Vlade Divac said he doesn't think Kristap Porzingis is ready to play meaningful minutes in the NBA...— Jim Crandell (@JimCrandell) May 30, 2015
So who do we think the "five or six" guys on Sacramento's radar could be? In no particular order, I'd say Willie Cauley-Stein, Emmanuel Mudiay (a long shot but still a legitimate possibility), Mario Hezonja, Justise Winslow, Stanley Johnson and maaaaybe Frank Kaminsky. Given that the Kings want to compete now, I expect them to go after players that can contribute now. Vlade's comments on Porzingis seem to exclude him from the conversation and probably other project players like Myles Turner and Kelly Oubre.
Of course, things could change if the Kings trade their pick or trade up or down in the draft, in which case different possibilities would open up. This should be an interesting month for the Kings, and we'll see what big names they manage to get in for their other pre-draft workouts.