2022 NBA Draft Rumors: Kings Might Keep No. 4 Or Target John Collins Trade

FROM 2022 NBA draft Now there are only a few days left Athletic Shams Charania decided to share some very exciting news with the NBA world, especially regarding the Sacramento Kings.

In the recurring “Inside Pass with Shams” column on the Charania website (emphasis mine):

The Kings are increasingly comfortable with the 4th overall pick. in the draft on Thursday and described a high price for teams following them in the lottery trying to bargain, the sources said. Sacramento GM Monte McNair spoke about Hawks forward John Collins. — among many other established, productive players in the market — but choice no. 4 did not participate in discussions dedicated to Collins.McNair will ultimately make the decision on the choice, according to sources.

Less than a week ago, before the start of the sixth game NBA FinalsESPN Adrian Voinarovsky spoke about how a large number of teams contacted the Sacramento Kings about the pick trade. That the news was big enough to smash it in the final game made the idea all the more real to Kings fans.

Until this point, reports had consistently implied that the Kings might want to change the selection. However, now it seems that the idea of ​​a major deal is somewhat far-fetched.

Atlanta’s John Collins, a player who’s been on the Kings’ radar for quite some time now looks like a potential trade target. Collins is one of the most athletic players in the league as a power forward and can also defend multiple positions. He brings a lot of what the Kings need. Interestingly, the No. 4 pick was not included in any negotiations with Atlanta. If Sacramento was somehow able to get Collins while keeping De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis along with the pick, the Kings could count on their most talented roster since Chris Webber.

With his last two first-round picks, Kings general manager Monte McNair made great picks with Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell. Considering that this year was his best pick, there are rumors that he is comfortable with the idea of ​​keeping the pick instead of looking for a trade.

At the same time, there are rumors that McNair and the rest of the organization support Keegan Murray from Iowa. Earlier this morning Chris Haines of Yahoo Sports wrote in the article that the Kings even arranged a private dinner for Murray with Fox and Sabonis:

The fourth-pick Sacramento Kings are very interested in Murray and even gave him a dinner with team stars De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Murray has been in the spotlight for Sacramento since before the draft lottery, and he has not only the physicality but the mental acuity to make an immediate impact on the league. In recent weeks, he has been called Sacramento’s “safest” pick. Not only does he play in a position the Kings are in dire need of talent, but he also has the attitude and work ethic that the organization needs. Murray went from being the only scholarship offer to becoming an All-American first-team player and a potential top-five selection in the rankings. NBA draft.

According to DraftKings bookmaker Murray currently has the second highest chance of being picked fourth at +300 behind Purdue’s Jayden Ivey who is -400.

Those odds are a mile in Ivey’s favor. But depending on how this dinner with the Fox and the Ox goes, they can change dramatically.

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