June 18, 2018, 9:03 pm
With the draft just days away, Kings fans have been looking hard for clues to see what the team may be looking to do with the second overall pick. Most reports indicate that the team has settled on a top three – Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. Any of those three would have the potential to be a cornerstone talent for the Kings, but given the importance of the pick, it’s natural for fans to try and figure out who the eventual selection will be.
Aside from reports, draft history may be the best tool to determine what Vlade Divac, and the rest of the front office, may be looking to do. Divac has just three drafts under his belt as an executive, but his seven first round selections provide plenty of data points to sort through when trying to determine what his philosophy might be.
Certain trends jump off the page with Divac. The selection of Harry Giles and Skal Labissiere show that he’s willing to look past collegiate struggles to bet on potential later in the first round, and players like Willie Cauley-Stein and De’Aaron Fox show that he may be more comfortable taking a chance on players that are high-level athletes.
Those seven selections do have some similarities that may provide clues, but the fact that he was able to make seven selections in three years is evidence of his biggest trend to date – a high level of comfort with trading back.
With the second overall pick in a draft loaded with talent at the top, the Kings may find themselves in a position to trade back and acquire quite a few valuable assets. Discussing the merits of trading back would require knowledge of the types of deals being offered, so it’s impossible to say whether or not this would be a good route to go for the Kings. A scenario similar to the last year’s trade between the Sixers and Celtics would be ideal, but offers that good aren’t always available, and even then it’s important to have some level of confidence that you can still take a player that’s high on your wish list.
The 37th pick is an entirely different story. After trading back two seasons in a row, the Kings have a wealth of young talent all over their roster. Generally speaking, that’s an enviable position to be in for a young team. The issue is that very few of these players are close to being finished products, and a lack of available minutes can make it difficult to evaluate them. With the player the Kings select second and Harry Giles coming into the fold next season, that problem is only going to get worse.
Trading away players that are still unfinished products can be difficult. No team wants to be on the wrong end of a lopsided trade of a raw young talent, but the team may not have a better option. Willie Cauley-Stein will be up for an extension this summer, and the team will be in a similar situation with Skal Labissiere, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic after next season.
The Kings do have at least some idea of what those players will end up looking like, but they probably don’t have enough information to feel comfortable giving out extensions to most of them. These players are still one or two years away from being free agents, but the team may still have trouble finding minutes for all of them. Handing out bad extensions is a great way to cap your team’s ceiling during a rebuild, and letting go of players in free agency can send your team right back to where they started.
For that reason, the best choice may be to package some of their young talent with the second round selection to move up.
As mentioned above, the decision to move up or down should be made primarily based on the opportunities available. Overpaying to move up wouldn’t be wise, even with the team needing to free up minutes, but being aggressive when looking for offers is the right move. Plenty of teams in the first round need to add depth, so trading back with Sacramento may be mutually beneficial. And for the Kings, the ability to consolidate a few decent assets to free up minutes and add a higher-level prospect could help simplify the rebuilding process.
Parting with young players that are so far from being finished products can be tough, but the team is going to need to make tough decisions on all of their young players over the next few summers. There may not be an offer worth taking the night of the draft, but the Kings would be wise to take a hard look at the options on the table.
August 17, 2019, 2:10 pmTyler DorseySG, International
Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.
Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.
Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:57 pmRayjon TuckerPG, Milwaukee Bucks
Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.
Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:45 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.
Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
August 17, 2019, 8:24 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Denver Nuggets
Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.
Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 8:03 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.
Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 7:36 amDaulton HommesSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.
This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 9:31 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills scored 20 points along with three rebounds, four assists and four treys in 24 minutes in Australia's 70-90 loss to Canada in Friday's World Cup exhibition game.
Mills lead Australia in scoring in their first World Cup exhibition game. With Dejounte Murray returning this coming season from injury and Derrick White's rise, Mills is only a deep-league player at best in 2019-20. Fellow countryman Joe Ingles scored 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.