According to NBA writer Scott Howard-Cooper, the Sacramento Kings moved quickly to put the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft on the table after the draft lottery was completed.
The Kings are looking to trade No. 8. http://t.co/rG5LvF5s8M— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 21, 2014
Presumably, the Kings are tired of being in the lottery and are looking to make the jump to the playoffs next season, and adding another rookie isn't something SAC management seems keen on doing, (assuming Isaiah Thomas returns, the Kings house young talent such s Thomas, McCallum, McLemore, Williams and Cousins, but lack veteran leadership aside from Rudy Gay).
It may just be my optimism, but I would like to think John Hammond has been placing some phone calls to the Kings' front office. So, what would it take to get the #8 pick from Sacramento? While many fans look often look at trade scenarios as a means of dumping unwanted contracts, making a play for a top 10 pick in a talented class will cost much more than simply an unwanted player (I'm looking at you, Zaza). This move would require some form of veteran experience and leadership plus additional incentive... but still may allows Milwaukee to move a player many deem "unwanted." While it is a long shot, I would love to see a package around Ersan Ilyasova offered up to the Kings for he eight pick.
While Ilyasova only netted 11.2ppg and snagged six rebounds last season (ESPN), when he was given the $8mil/yr deal, it was believed that he could be an 18pt/8rb type player. Unfortunately, Ersan has consistently lowered his trade value the more that he was on the floor, but playing him as a stretch-four next to Cousins actually seems like a logical play.
Obviously, Ilyasova alone won't be enough to pry #8 away from the Kings, however, so what else would you add? The Kings have money wrapped up in Gay and Cousins, and are expected to offer a deal to Thomas as well, so Larry Sanders and his contract seem to be out of the question.
Is Ilyasova + Henson + future pick an option? What would you give for #8?
SCENARIO: If Milwaukee has #2 AND #8, who would you take with each pick?