In a stacked 2022 NBA Draft, the value of lower picks are inflated. Beyond the designated top three of Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero, there are plenty of high-level prospects with ceilings that will entice NBA franchises. The depth of the '22 draft class is promising for the Sacramento Kings, who hold the fourth pick in the draft.
The Kings are reportedly in a “win-now” state within their front office. Using the fourth pick, Sacramento could pick up some valuable assets in exchange for the opportunity to select a player like Purdue's Jaden Ivey.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there are plenty of potential suitors to trade for the King's pick.
“That No. 4 pick that the Sacramento Kings hold is very much in play. There are a lot of teams trying to get deals done with Sacramento so they can move up to select Jaden Ivey,” Wojnarowski said on NBA Countdown Thursday. “That’s teams close to them in the lottery who are five and six [the Pistons and Pacers], the New York Knicks at No. 11, Washington Wizards at No. 10, and even some teams outside of the lottery.”
The Kings will have their choice of teams ahead of draft night on June 23. Many of teams on Woj's shortlist have talented players near the league's upper tier, including Detroit's Jerami Grant or the Wizards' Bradley Beal.
In exchange for an established talent, a potential trade partner would get the chance to bring on a talented young wing like Jaden Ivey, Shaedon Sharpe or Keegan Murray. All three are athletic, active wings that could attract NBA front offices.
With draft night closing in, a blockbuster trade may be imminent.