• 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:


    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”:

    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.

    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.

    EDITOR’S UPDATE:

    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.

    USA Today’s Sam Amick since confirmed on Twitter what he said on 1140.

Fantasy News

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    Melli might have played more minutes but dealt with a bit of foul trouble in this one. He's worth an add in 16-teamers or deeper as long as he remains in the Pelicans' rotation and is clocking in at over 25 minutes per game.

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