Sources told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that the Kings are "fielding offers" from "three teams" for the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft. He also clued us in on what these potential packages will include:
Sources said the Kings have two deals that could be done prior to Thursday's 2 p.m. ET trade deadline to change the draft order and one would be a draft night deal, depending on which players are available when the Kings select.
The three deals would return multiple draft picks and a veteran player to the Kings for the No. 8 pick.
Although the identities of interested parties remain unknown, Sacramento's trade exploration is nothing new.
Immediately after the draft lottery, Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com revealed that the Kings weren't intent on keeping their selection:
Just filed to http://t.co/X75SPTIUSC: Kings put No. 8 on the trade block, wanting veteran instead of next rookie to develop. Link to come.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 21, 2014
Since then, they've moseyed on into the Kevin Love fracas. They are open to landing Love without any assurances he'll stay beyond next season and have no qualms about sending the Minnesota Timberwolves their No. 8 pick as compensation, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears.
Chances are the Timberwolves aren't one of the three teams involved in negotiations; otherwise, a deal would be inevitable. But Katz says the Kings are "weighing" offers against who they think will be on the board at No. 8.
The Chicago Bulls are one club that could be in talks with the Kings. Their No. 16 and No. 19 picks are up for grabs, and the Sporting News' Sean Deveney brought word they were trying to pry No. 8 out of Sacramento.
Sactown Royalty's Akis Yerocostas offered a few more guesses on teams that may be after the Kings' pick:
Completely butt pulled guess on the three teams Kings might have deals for the #8 lined up: Chicago, Phoenix, Philly— Akis Yerocostas (@Aykis16) June 24, 2014
My reason for guessing those teams is that they all have multiple first rounders in this draft so Kings could get a player and a pick— Akis Yerocostas (@Aykis16) June 24, 2014
Too much can change between now and the draft for there to be anything more than educated guesses on the matter.
There still isn't a clear-cut choice for the first overall pick, even after Joel Embiid's injury. Teams won't have an idea of what the draft's landscape looks like until that first domino falls.
“I think that people know that we’re (a) team that’s ready to make moves and we’re really strongly evaluating things with that pick,” Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro told Cowbell Kingdom's Jonathan Santiago.
Expect the Kings' evaluation period to drag well into Thursday night's draft, when they'll have a better grasp on what trading their pick means.