How Kings/76ers Trade Shakes Up Draft
The Sacramento Kings have acquired Samuel Dalembert of the Philadelphia 76ers for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. This seems like a pretty solid deal for both sides, but it affects both teams in multiple ways:
Not only does it affect the changes in personnel, but also how both teams approach the draft.
Will Philly draft Favors now instead of Turner? And the Kings were apparently high on Demarcus Cousins, but this trade could be saying something different.
Derrick Favors now the No. 2 guy?
It has been reported that the new 76ers coach, Doug Collins, likes Derrick Favors' athleticism and upside moreso than Evan Turner's. With this trade, the new head coach may have just gotten his wish to draft Favors.
With Dalembert now gone, Favors would be the smartest pick for Philly. Their back court of Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Andre Iguadola, Thaddeus Young, and now Andres Nocioni is pretty solid.
Their front court, on the other hand, could use some work. Favors is younger than Turner and provides more upside as well, which makes him the clear No. 2.
New Jersey Nets: Evan Turner or Demarcus Cousins?
The Nets would love this scenario to be able to pick Turner or possibly go for Cousins. Most would think with Turner available, that the Nets wouldn't hesitate on taking him, but Cousins could also make sense here.
The Nets were going to take Favors at this spot, so why not another big man? The fact is taking Cousins would make sense, but because of Demarcus Cousins' size, it might be better to take Turner. Cousins has the body of a center, but so does Brook Lopez, therefore, it might not work.
Even though Cousins would make sense, the Nets would be delighted to have Evan Turner, thus, they select him and end up feeling a little less unfortunate in this year's draft.
With a new center will the Kings shy away from Cousins?
The T'Wolves are in love with Wesley Johnson and can't even get Cousins in for a work out so unless the Wolves try trading up to the two spot, chances are they take Johnson.
So what does that leave the Kings with?
It was reported that Demarcus Cousins had an amazing workout for Sacramento and that they were extremely high on him. Why then would they go out and trade for another center only a week away from the draft?
Some say the Kings will now go with either Al-Farouq Aminu or Gordon Hayward. But others say the Kings still take Cousins with this pick because of Dalembert's expiring contract. That perspective makes plenty of sense as well. The Kings have been continually freeing up salary this season and maybe made this move to do more of the same, still indending to snag Cousins.
It is All a Mystery...
This trade puts an even bigger mystery around an already mysterious draft. After Wall goes No. 1, nothing is really certain, and this trade, for some teams, just made everything a little less certain.
A trade between Philly and the T'Wolves is still possible, the Kings could end up going for a small forward now over Cousins, and Detroit could end up being ecstatic if the Kings pass up Cousins and he falls to them at No. 7.
No one really knows what will occur during draft day on June 24, but it is guaranteed to be one crazy ride.