clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

A look at the Kings' Future Draft Considerations

New, comments
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

To say there has been confusion in regards to all of the draft considerations the Sacramento Kings sent to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas salary dump would be an understatement. It’s a confusing trade made even more confusing because the Kings already owe a protected first round pick to the Chicago Bulls (via Cleveland) and also owe various second round picks with different protections to other teams around the league. Lets clear some of that up, shall we?

In 2016, the Kings owe the following draft considerations, via Real GM

  • 2016 Protected First Round Draft Pick to Chicago

Real GM Says –

Sacramento's 1st round pick to Chicago (via Cleveland) protected for selections 1-10 in 2016 and 1-10 in 2017; if Sacramento has not conveyed a 1st round pick to Chicago by 2017, then Sacramento will instead convey its 2017 2nd round pick to Chicago protected for selections 56-60 (if this pick falls within its protected range and is therefore not conveyed, then Sacramento's obligation to Chicago will be extinguished).

Editors Note –

The Sacramento Kings want to convey this pick to Chicago in 2016. Essentially every move Vlade Divac has made this offseason has had a hint of ‘win-now’ to it. If the Kings make the playoffs, Chicago gets the pick. If the Kings finish with a better record than ten other teams (and then subsequently fail to jump up in the lottery), Chicago gets the pick. If Chicago doesn’t receive this pick in 2016, and it isn’t because of lottery luck, something went wrong.

  • 2016 Protected First Round Pick Swap to Philadelphia

Real GM Says –

Philadelphia has the right to swap its 2016 1st round pick for Sacramento's 2016 1st round pick protected for selections 11-30 (if the Sacramento pick falls within its protected range, then Philadelphia's swap right and Sacramento's obligation to Philadelphia will be extinguished).

Editors Note-

As you can see, this pick swap has opposite protections to the pick Sacramento owes to Chicago. If the Kings convey their 2016 pick to Chicago, the most likely and ideal scenario, then this pick swap is extinguished and will have been ultimately meaningless. If the Kings are bad next season, Philadelphia has essentially acquired Sacramento’s ping-pong balls. Philadelphia will get the better pick, and this is where that salary dump gamble could come back to bite the Kings. If they improve, the swaps are a non-issue. If things blow up, it could get ugly.

  • 2016 Protected Second Round Pick to Milwaukee

Real GM Says –

Milwaukee will receive the more favorable of Sacramento's 2016 2nd round pick protected for selections 56-60 and New Orleans' 2016 2nd round pick and New Orleans will receive the less favorable of these two picks (via Milwaukee's right to swap Sacramento for New Orleans) (if the Sacramento pick falls within its protected range, then Milwaukee's swap right and Sacramento's and New Orleans' obligations to Milwaukee will be extinguished).

  • 2016 Protected Second Round Pick to Oklahoma City

Real GM says –

Sacramento's 2016 2nd round pick to Oklahoma City (via New Orleans) protected for selections 31-55 (if this pick falls within its protected range and is therefore not conveyed, then Sacramento's obligation to Oklahoma City will be extinguished).

Editors Note –

File this under useless minutiae. The Kings will likely be without their second round pick in 2016.

In 2017, the Kings owe the following draft considerations, Via Real GM -

  • 2017 First Round Draft Pick Swap to Philadelphia

Real GM Says –

If Sacramento conveys a 1st round pick to Chicago in 2016, then Philadelphia has the right to swap its 2017 1st round pick for Sacramento's 2017 1st round pick; if Sacramento does not convey a 1st round pick to Chicago in 2016, then Philadelphia has the right to swap its 2017 1st round pick for Sacramento's 2017 1st round pick protected for selections 11-30 (if the Sacramento pick falls within its protected range, then Philadelphia's swap right and Sacramento's obligation to Philadelphia will be extinguished).

Editors Note –

This is pretty straightforward. Again, Ideally, and likely, the Kings will surrender their first round pick to Chicago in 2016. In 2017, Philadelphia will have another opportunity to swap first round draft picks with the Kings. If the Kings make the playoffs, or finish with a better record, and they don’t jump up in the lottery, the pick swap will again be rendered useless. Philadelphia is hoping the Kings implode, but if they don’t, and they steadily improve, all of this talk about how dangerous the pick swapping was will have been for naught. Only time will tell.

  • 2017 Protected Second Round Draft Pick to Cleveland

Real GM Says –

Sacramento's 2017 2nd round pick to Cleveland (via Boston) protected for selections 31-55 (if this pick falls within its protected range and is therefore not conveyed, then Sacramento's obligation to Cleveland will be extinguished).

Editors Note – Unless the Kings finish with one of the five best records in the NBA in 2017, they will have their second round draft pick in 2017.

In 2018, the Kings owe the following draft considerations, via Real GM

  • 2018 Protected First Round Draft Pick to Philadelphia

Real GM Says –

Sacramento's 1st round pick to Philadelphia protected for selections 1-10 in 2018 (conveyable if Sacramento conveys a 1st round pick to Chicago in 2016) and unprotected in 2019.

Editors Note –

Finally, a pick compensation description that isn’t excessively convoluted! If things go according to Vlade Divac’s plan, this pick will go to Philadelphia in 2018, and it will be somewhere in the 20’s. That being said, it’s hard enough to predict what a pick will look like in 2016. I can’t tell you what this roster will look like in 2018, but Divac made this move with the intention of contending in 2018, and surrendering a late first to do it.

In 2019, the Kings owe the following draft considerations, via Real GM

  • 2019 Second Round Pick swap to Philadelphia

Real GM Says –

Philadelphia will receive the more favorable of Milwaukee's 2019 2nd round pick and Sacramento's 2019 2nd round pick and Sacramento will receive the less favorable of these two picks (via Philadelphia's right to swap Milwaukee for Sacramento (via Brooklyn to Philadelphia))

Editors Note –

I’m not going to talk about a second round pick swap in 2019. Nope. Not going to do it.

Are you still with me?

This is a fluid situation. A lot of their future draft rights are dependent upon other future draft rights. The bottom line is this, if the Kings are better next season, and from that point continue to trend in the right direction, all of these different scenarios can play out in the Kings favor. They want to give Chicago their pick in 2016. They want to finish above the Philadelphia 76ers over the next two seasons so the pick swaps won’t matter, and they want to finish outside of the top-10 in 2018 so Philadelphia gets their owed protected first round draft pick before it becomes unprotected.

In short, become a consistent playoff team, and everything will be just fine.