The Kings own pick No. in the NBA draft, and with a consensus clear top four prospects available, they should come away with a strong player. However, there is no guarantee that the player will be happy to go to Sacramento.
There are reportedly "a lot of teams" looking to trade up to select Jaden Ivey in the 2022 NBA draft, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski reported Thursday on NBA Countdown that teams are looking to trade with the Sacramento Kings for the No. pick: The list of interested teams includes the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards, although Wojnarowski reported the Kings' asking price will be "significant."
The list of teams interested in Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton has grown long. Organizations such as the San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers are just some of the teams that have reportedly, at minimum, held interest in the No. pick.
In fact, most NBA fans likely wouldn’t fault Sacramento’s supporters (and sympathizers) for feeling a sense of humor based on the team’s selections in recent years. An ESPN graphic shared by one NBA fan on Twitter hours before Thursday night’s draft perfectly, and perhaps frighteningly, summed up some of the Kings’ biggest draft lottery misses in recent memory.
The Sacramento Kings have nabbed Iowa forward Keegan Murray in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft with hopes of upgrading their roster for the upcoming season. "It's a dream come true," Murray said Thursday night. The 21-year-old becomes the Univesity of Iowa's first first-round draft pick since 1998 when Ricky Davis was selected. Murray was projected to be picked 5th, according to ESPN's mock draft. Murray joins the Kings after averaging 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 31.9 minutes per game in his sophomore season, the Kings said in a release.
John Wall delivered a game-high 28 points as the Houston Rockets won their second-straight game over the Sacramento Kings 102-94, despite playing without National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star James Harden. Eric Gordon replaced Harden and scored 21 points, while Christian Wood finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who also beat the Kings 122-119 on New Year's Eve. I just put in a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this point,'' Wall said.
The Sacramento Kings have nabbed Iowa forward Keegan Murray in the first round of the 2022 NBA draft with hopes of upgrading their roster for the upcoming season. "It's a dream come true," Murray said Thursday night. The 21-year-old becomes the Univesity of Iowa's first, first-round draft pick since 1998 when Ricky Davis was selected. Murray, who was a first-team All-American as a sophomore, was projected to be picked fifth, according to ESPN's mock draft.