So now that the NBA Draft Lottery is over, time to roll out all the rumors, mock drafts, scouting reports and trade stuff. The draft lottery went like so:
Number 1: Cleveland Cavaliers
Number 2: Milwaukee Bucks
Number 3: Philadelphia 76ers
Number 4: Orlando Magic
Number 5: Utah Jazz
Number 6: Boston Celtics
Number 7: Los Angeles Lakers
Number 8: Sacramento Kings
Number 9: Charlotte Bob.. erhm.. Hornets
Number 10: Philadelphia 76ers
Number 11: Denver Nuggets
Number 12: Orlando Magic
Number 13: Minnesota Timberwolves
Number 14: Phoenix Suns
The Sixers grabbed two top 10 picks in a stud-loaded draft class. Could Hinkie be in the market to snag a couple more pick(s)? (Hint* Answer is always yes when it comes to draft picks.)
According to Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) of NBA.com, the Kings are looking to trade the number 8 pick for an experienced, savvy veteran. He reported that they are looking for an upgrade on defense and also adding another point guard.
Last year it was reported by Jake Fischer and Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers that the Kings were looking to trade for Thaddeus Young with the Sixers taking back Cousins.
— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) June 27, 2013
So let’s take a look.
The Kings are probably not going to trade away Boogie Cousins after signing him to an extension last summer. However, Thaddeus Young could still be a potential target for the up and coming Kings. Thad would add much-needed defense to a team that ranked bottom 10 in defensive rating.
The Kings most used lineup during last season was: Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins at 317 minutes over the season and posted a 107.5 DefRtg. This is where Thaddeus Young is inserted. Looking at his advanced stats from last year probably won’t help his case but anyone with eyes can tell that Thaddeus Young is a terrific defender and would be a benefit to the Kings. He’s not the biggest of stretch forwards in the league but his steals and energy make him a good team defender.
Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers came up with this trade:
Thad and 32 to Sacramento for Derrick Williams' expiring and 8.
— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) May 21, 2014
And I’m not against it. I’m not sure Kings would trade away Derrick Williams; Derrick was sixth on the team in minutes played. So maybe the Sixers take back Jason Thompson or bring back the prodigal son in Reggie Evans.
Now, this would give the Sixers and Sam Hinkie three top-10 picks to play with where they can really do some damage (not like 3 and 10 is enough damage already, right?). The Sixers will hopefully end up with either Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker or Dante Exum in that third slot. Trading Thad would create a hole at the PF position, so the Sixers could look to Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh or Julius Randle there. It’s doubtful that those three players will still be there at 8 but we’ll just speculate at least one of them is still there. And at 10, the Sixers could do multiple things. They could trade back and try to pick up multiple picks or they could take hyper-athletic Zach LaVine. The possibilities are endless and I’ll stop my madness there.
Hinkie will play with his voodoo dolls and see what type of sorcery he can concoct. The madness is just starting.