The Sacramento Kings currently own the rights to the No. 8 pick in the loaded 2014 NBA draft, but that doesn't mean they'll be adding a rookie to an already youthful squad during the June 26 proceedings.
Instead, the pick is on the block, according to NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper:
The Kings put the No. 8 pick in the draft on the trade block immediately after the lottery Tuesday night, league sources told NBA.com, clearly looking to add at least one impact veteran in an attempt to push into the playoff conversation next season rather than wait for another rookie prospect to develop.
Ever since Vivek Ranadive took over this team, there's been much more of an optimistic feel surrounding the Sac-Town franchise. The front office has made aggressive moves, most notably trading for Rudy Gay when he was playing worthless basketball with the Toronto Raptors, then rejoicing when he started realizing his lofty potential with more intelligent play.
Using the No. 8 pick is still a possibility (more on that in a bit), but so too is a trade. Even a surprising trade, as the Kings seem to be looking to win during the 2014-15 season, thereby ending a playoff drought that has dragged on since Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic, Brad Miller and Ron Artest led a postseason run in 2005-06.
"We were in the playoffs the last three years in Denver," said general manager Pete D'Alessandro, who used to work for the Denver Nuggets, as relayed by Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham. "I woke up that first day after the season. I literally was like, I'm missing something. I felt like something was missing."
The playoffs are the goal, and the No. 8 pick is one of many conduits that will be used to get there.
"Generally speaking, I would say get the best player," D’Alessandro told Ham. "But, I’ll take it further. Do you trade the pick and add to this team and maybe trade down? Do you add something to your pick and maybe trade up?"
There are plenty of options, and the Kings should look into all of them.