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2022 NBA Draft Trade Rumors: Five Most Likely Deals for Kings’ Coveted No. 4

There is a perception in the league that the 2022 NBA draft starts with a fourth pick. Although the exact order has yet to be determined, the entire drafting process involved a split between Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Bankero, and the rest of the draft. The Magic, Thunder, and Rockets are expected to take one each. And then? We really don’t know what’s going to happen next.

The general assumption is that Purdue point guard Jayden Ivey will be number four overall. Considered by many to be the fourth-best prospect in the class, the fourth-place team is arguably the worst match for him on the board. The Sacramento Kings have point guard De’Aaron Fox. They used a lottery pick on Davion Mitchell last offseason. For her part, Ivy doesn’t seem particularly thrilled about becoming king. “I did not communicate with them, they did not succeed. I just let this process take its course.” – Ivy told reporters earlier in the week. “If I get drafted, it won’t be a bad option. I can’t choose.”

The Kings can choose Ivey anyway, but we know they’re quite sensitive to the wishes of potential players. Rumor has it that Marvin Bagley III’s interest in playing for Sacramento contributed to his selection over Luka Doncic in 2018. Many reports have said the Kings are open to picks, so let’s take a look at five possible deals for the most coveted pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Trade:

  • Kings get: Isaiah Stewart, 5th overall pick, 46th overall pick, 2024 second round pick (via Washington or Memphis)
  • Pistons receive: 4th overall pick

Remember Ivy’s cool words about Sacramento? He seemed a little more passionate about Detroit. “I’d love to go anywhere but Detroit, my mom [Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach Niele Ivey] played for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA”, Ivey said. “I’ve lived in the area and I know what it’s like.” Without knowing Sacramento’s goals in the down trade, we can also say that the Pistons, sitting at number 5, really give them a clear advantage in these discussions, because Keegan Murray, an all-around forward from Iowa, is best suited for Sacramento “. . If you move below the fifth position, Murray runs the risk of becoming a piston.

The problem Detroit is facing is that it has nothing else to offer Sacramento. Technically, the Pistons can’t trade a first-round pick until 2029 due to defending the pick currently owned by Oklahoma City. They don’t have seasoned veterans on their roster that the Kings are likely to enjoy as they’re desperate to make the playoffs. The Kings certainly would love to have Saddiq Bey in the deal, but he’s probably too valuable to justify sacrificing just one position. So we’re left with what’s left of Detroit. Stewart is a young starting caliber center on a team that looks ready to go after DeAndre Ayton. By-elections are always nice. But overall, it’s not a particularly exciting option for Sacramento.

Trade:

Here’s where things get interesting. The Pacers are buying Brogdon to give their backcourt to Tyrese Haliburton and he would be a perfect match alongside De’Aaron Fox. Where Fox is bold and lightning fast, Brogdon is a more measured alternative, relying on his confident shooting and ball handling skills to create an attack. They would work well together in that regard, and Brogdon apparently already has experience with Domantas Sabonis when they lived together in Indiana.

It’s a simple, win-win deal for kings. They were still able to either put Murray in 6th place or take on a longer term project like Schaedon Sharp as a possible replacement for Brogdon. Indiana, in turn, gets Ivey as a Haliburton partner. Add to that the fact that Ivey played collegiately at Indiana State in Purdue, and the Pacers could garner more fan support with the move. Perhaps the Kings need a little more value here, but the raw construction makes sense for both parties.

Trade:

  • Kings get: Kyle Kuzma, 10th overall pick
  • Wizards get: Justin Holiday, 4th overall pick

There is no need to speculate about Sacramento’s interest in Kuzma. They almost acquired him ahead of the 2021 NBA draft. The Lakers were about to send Kuzma to the Kings in exchange for Buddy Heald before Russell Westbrook got in their way. The same features that intrigued kings a year ago should appeal to them now. Kuzma spends his best professional season. He averaged 17.1 points per game in Washington, while also constantly improving his defense and grabbing 8.5 rebounds. This is a valuable starting forward.

Meanwhile, Washington gets a long-term backcourt partner for Bradley Beal, who he has been craving since John Wall started getting injured. The Wizards missed out on Westbrook and Spencer Dinwiddie, but in Ivey they got a point guard whose playmaker and athleticism should have been a breath of fresh air alongside Beal. It’s another deal that will likely require a bit more draft compensation from Washington, but it puts the relatively young player in the right spot for the Kings. It’s the best of both worlds for Sacramento.

Trade:

  • Kings get: Julius Randle, 11th overall pick, 2023 Dallas Mavericks 1st round pick (top 10 defended)
  • Nix get: Rishon Holmes, Justin Holiday, 4th overall pick

You may be surprised to hear this, but it’s pretty hard to convince famous NBA players to play willingly in Sacramento. If the Kings want it, they need to be willing to take some risk. Julius Randle carries several risks. His shooting dropped to average last season as fans returned to the arenas, making him a dubious fit alongside Sabonis and Fox. His defense has been up and down throughout his career. Even his attitude last season was a problem in New York. But Randle was the All-NBA player the Kings needed a season ago. If they think this player is still out there, this could be a deal they’re interested in. It’s also entirely possible that they view Randle, who owes $117 million over the next few years, as a negative asset.

We’re also not entirely sure how the Knicks feel about Randle right now, but it should be noted that they have a ready replacement in Obie Toppin. There was some reports on a deadline about a possible Randle-to-Fox trade, but it’s unclear how far those talks have gone. What we know for sure is that the Knicks are desperate to find a point guard. They were connected to every available starter under the sun. Ivy is their best long-term game and you can bet they are looking into every reasonable avenue to get it.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Trade:

  • Kings get: 12th overall pick, 34th overall pick, 2023 Denver Nuggets first round pick (top 14 protected), 2024 Los Angeles Clippers first round pick (unprotected), Denver pick Nuggets” in the first round in 2027 (top five defended)
  • Thunder get: 4th overall pick

Here, Grom is in a completely unique position. They have 18 first round picks to trade over the next seven years. They can trade almost any player or pick in basketball, with the exception of a few MVP candidates. If they need Ivy badly enough, they’ll get it. But that’s what makes building a selling proposition so difficult. If they want him to be needed enough to give up, say, six or seven picks in the first round, they would probably just take him at number 2.

So, here is the golden mean. The Kings are down eight spots. In return, they get a tall second round player who could likely bring in a playable rookie next season. They get one very coveted unprotected pick, and with it two more modest protected ones. That’s four first rounds and a second round for Ivey. Even if the Kings are determined to get help from the veterans, it wouldn’t be hard to pass those chips on to other sellers. If the Kings don’t buy Ivey, then Oklahoma City can undoubtedly offer the most value. The only question is how far he is willing to go to add another player to his crowded young core.

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