June 19, 2018, 3:43 pm
On the latest episode of the Lowe Post Podcast, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reported that Luka Doncic has not shared his medical information with the Kings. When asked by host Zach Lowe about Sacramento’s plans with the second pick, Givony had this to say:
“First of all, you have to start off with, ‘who even wants to go to
Sacramento?’ … A lot of the top guys in this draft are openly trying to avoid going there … Jaren Jackson, Mo Bamba, [Luka] Doncic, no medical.”
As the draft gets closer, reports related to the Kings and Doncic have been all across the board. Lowe posited to Givony that the media buzz has been “so loud, and so universal” that Vlade Divac does not like the idea of selecting Doncic with the second pick, and followed up with a series of questions to Givony about whether or not he believed that. “I would be surprised if they took Luka,” said Givony. “It’s not just Vlade but also his staff was very openly criticizing Luka saying he’s not athletic enough, he’s too emotional, he’s not this, he’s not that.”
Earlier today, Carmichael Dave of KHTK 1140 confirmed that he had heard similar things, though Lowe doesn’t sound like he’s reporting but rather sharing a feeling on the media sentiment:
This matches what I’ve heard too. Is it accurate? Don’t know. But that’s the near universal chatter https://t.co/WKDrr1XEba
— Carmichael Dave’s Burner Account (@CarmichaelDave) June 19, 2018
The reports that the Kings aren’t high on Doncic have been gaining steam over the past few weeks, and the thought that Doncic may not want to be in Sacramento could be a contributing factor. Marvin Bagley III, who came to Sacramento for a workout, may be showing more interest than Doncic in being the second overall pick. There’s also a chance that the team was just enamored with what they saw during the workout. Those angles are all speculation at this point.
Despite some recent reports, there is some reason to believe that the Kings may have some level of interest in Doncic. Hoop Ball’s own Aaron Bruski reported on Saturday that Divac “genuinely likes Doncic as a pick”:
After talking with various Kings sources, the one thread that I get is that Vlade genuinely likes Doncic as a pick. Still, they’re in evaluation mode.
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) June 16, 2018
These reports can be tough to reconcile. It’s also important to keep in mind that all teams factor in a few different voices in the selection process. Bruski noted in May that Brandon Williams may have more influence over the decision than most might expect for an assistant general manager. Owner Vivek Ranadive has also been very involved in decision-making in the past, so it’s possible this is a group decision of some type.
Right now (right now), the sense among folks I talk with is that Brandon Williams has a big voice in what the Kings do, maybe the biggest.
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) May 17, 2018
It seems that in this case Divac does indeed like Doncic, but other decision-makers may have their eyes set on the perceived star power of players like Bagley and Michael Porter Jr.
More reports are coming in corroborating the group decision-making process in Sacramento. Bruski reported that Divac genuinely likes Doncic as a pick, Amick is reporting that ownership is pushing for Bagley, Carmichael Dave is reporting that he’s hearing there are “multiple influential voices” and Bruski reported back in May that Brandon Williams’ profile in the front office was rising. Even if Vlade makes the call, there are certainly a lot of things going on within the walls.
Per league sources, there is legitimate indecision within the #Kings front office between Marvin Bagley III and Luca Doncic. One league source used the word “torn.” Teams I’ve spoken with are operating under the impression that #Sacramento will select Bagley at two. #NBADraft
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 20, 2018
I keep hearing whispers that there are multiple influential voices in the Kings draft room.
Personally, I believe Vlade is 100% making the call.
But if- IF it were proven otherwise, as Pedro Cerrano once said:
“That would be bad.
— FailMichael Dave: Fan of Ineptitude (@CarmichaelDave) June 20, 2018
1) Been hearing this for a while.
3) Vivek is involved, as are a lot of owners. Not an endorsement, but that’s the story there. https://t.co/TT2lMPThZQ
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) June 20, 2018
Sam Amick had some info on 1140. Said he feels Porter is no longer an option. Thinks ownership is pushing for Bagley while fans pushing for Doncic but no one has been able to get a read from Vlade. Bagley camp in the dark but feels good at 2. Doncic camp afraid ownership passes
— vcorr (@vcorr33) June 20, 2018
USA Today’s Sam Amick since confirmed on Twitter what he said on 1140.
Sacramento: Capital city of NBA intrigue. Marvin Bagley is the CURRENT favorite at No. 2 in the draft, but there are teams in the lottery that think the Kings ultimately can't resist Luka Doncic … and they've been known to be weighing Michael Porter, too. Answers: 24 hours away
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 20, 2018