Jaden Ivey, the top rated point guard in the draft, hasn’t worked out for the Kings, who hold the fourth overall pick. It may be a moot point, as Sacramento’s brass is high on Iowa forward Keegan Murray, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The Kings arranged for the prospect to have dinner with the team stars, De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, during his visit. Murray was one of top scorers in Division I last season at 23.5 PPG along with 8.7 RPG.
If he’s selected fourth overall, Murray could slot into the Kings’ frontcourt alongside Sabonis and Harrison Barnes.
We have more from the Pacific Division:
- The Lakers continued to do their homework despite not owning a draft pick, as they worked out six prospects on Monday, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times tweets. That group included Javante McCoy (Boston University), Keve Aluma (Virginia Tech), Khalifa Diop (Gran Canaria), Jeenathan Williams (Buffalo), Malik Osborne (Florida State) and Danko Brankovic (Cibona).
- Lottery picks Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody got the rare experience of playing on a championship team in their first year. Though they didn’t play large roles in the postseason, the Warriors rookies got invaluable experience as their playing time grows in future seasons, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN writes. “I never really worry about whether we’re playing, not playing,” Kuminga said. “As long as I’m still here, learning, getting better every day. When my moments get called, I know I’ll be ready. … Everybody here [is] just helping me, way more than dudes [other rookies around the league] are, wherever they are right now.”
- The Warriors hold the No. 28 pick but they might not add an rookie, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. The Warriors are looking to trade the pick, in part because of their huge payroll and also because they’ve already got a trio of young players — James Wiseman, Kuminga and Moody — fighting for rotation minutes next season.
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22 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Murray, Lakers Workout, Kuminga, Moody, Warriors’ Pick”
Hoping the Warriors keep the 28th pick.
We could use some Depth at the Forward spot, as we have alot of Free Agents there = Iggy, Otto, JTA, Lee, Bjelica, etc.
Ig is starting a venture fund, so Im not sure he wants to take a vet min contract. I could see him doing some sort of job with the team where he works with players but doesnt travel. If he wants to return he will if he wants to retire thats a roster spot.
Otto should get some or all of the 6M MLE since he was a top 6 player by value when playing for the team. If he gets a better offer than that elsewhere oh well.
JTA, Lee, and Belli will all be more vet min guys so the team can return any it wants. I think JTA will get brought back for sure since he is good depth for the cost and Kerr trusts him. Lee may get a better offer elsewhere but is fine depth for the price. I didnt love Belli, all though he was good when right, so I could see them grabbing a ring chasing stretch big if one better than him wants to come.
GPII was a top 5 player on the team by rate stat so even though he will be pricy the team has his early bird and can give him about 12M and would be crazy not to.
I think they pay Loon up to 10M with how much he has improved, and how they are in a weird place with Wiseman. Loon can start but isnt so good he cant be your main big off the bench, knows the system, and is super team oriented.
I would say they have 2 maybe 3 spots to fill on the 15, and will be looking at ring chaser for those while bringing back the rest besides Belli or one of the others another team wildly overpays.
They also still have the rights to Jessup and Mannion from recent drafts if they want to take a look at either of them. I would maybe expect to see either or both playing in summer league. Could take a somewhat higher profile draft and stash.
I could see them taking either Usmane Diang, or Nikola Jovic if either fall to them, where if an ideal player falls they keep the pick.
According to Jalen Rose,
Warriors future core
Wiseman, Kuminga, Moody and Poole
Wiggins has never had injury and never got tired. His body and legs are 20 years old too.
Can a team buy a first rounder or is it just seconds? Isn’t that slot like 1.5 mil in salary? Which is less than the vet min, why wouldn’t the warriors want the cheapest option possible on the end of the bench if they want to save money? Why would you not want to add to the young 3, the future is almost here?
First rounders make around the vet min in year one and raise from there. Poole was 28th and is now making 3.9M.
Trading this first for a future first lets them keep the draft capital for a later trade while saving money since a second rounder or undrafted player only make 800k instead of the slot for 28th.
My guess is that they value a ring chaser on a vet min deal that can help this year over a project. Vet mins like Andre that make more based on service still only count towards the tax as 1.8M.
You can trade a first for any returning asset including old draft rights to a player like teams collect, but I think you have to send something back and can only buy seconds.
Projected 2022/23 salaries:
No. 28 pick: $2,196,240
Vet minimum: $1,811,516
Rookie minimum (ie. 2nd-round pick): $1,004,159
Not a major difference, but when you’re as far above the tax line as the Warriors project to be, every extra dollar spent could actually cost them something like $6.
More comes down to playing time. They have too many young players that need minutes on the court to improve. So better to trade draft pick for a future one because what waste a young player in the G league?
Sacramento could trade down if it pens out and they can still get Murray. Kinda makes me wonder had they moved up 1 pick to draft Wagner last year over Mitchell, kept Haliburton, trade Fox last year and maybe draft Ivey, you’d have Haliburton, Wagner, and Ivey. Wagner was rated well pre-draft and purists love Haliburton as a complimentary 2 guard. With Haliburton gone, I felt Fox value worsened as his play didn’t improve
Instead they will trade 4th to Pacers for 6 plus some assets, and Sac fans will have to live with the outcome if the backcourt of Hali/Ivy slays in 5 years.
Trading players with long term affordable team control, who while not having an insane ceiling, fits with almost everyone for a win now player who only has to play in Sac for 2 more seasons maybe isnt what a lottery team for the last 15 years should do!
Look at the stats, maybe the game logs… Fox got better when Hali left. I’ll do it for you. In 43 games before the trade, Fox went 21-4-5, shot 25%from3 and had a GmSc of 14. In his 16 games after, firstly Fox came back, then went 29-4-7, shot 38%from3 and GmSc’d 21. It was before the trade he lost value, prolly moping bc SAC drafted PGs first round the previous two years. He would not have brought as much in trade as a max player should. Hexwas shopped
Trading up one pick is rarely done, since a high price is extracted. No reason to expect that to be done. Any indication the FO was looking that way? Another PG was a bad choice, but Wagner had doubters too… His stats went up when he got to the pros, I think.
If Hali was kept, No Domatis.
They’re not taking Ivey; he has not been to Sacto, nor expressed interest. Murray will help the D, for which they hired the new HC to boost.
Basically eerything you said was an IRL fail.
Consistency achieved! Concluding disdain unwarranted. It’s a play-in team probably.
Bagley got better in Detroit in a backup role.
Maybe it would have been the time to cut bait with Fox. I think the owner stepped in too.
If Ivey is gone, Murray will not get past 5 with the Pistons
I get investing in Fox who wanted stay in Sacramento which is rare, but he doesn’t get better, and makes headscratching moves in crunch time. Last year would’ve made sense to cut bait, with Haliburton assuming his role. I’m hoping Sac town gets it together. Insult to injury, Bagley got better leaving Sacramento, going to Detroit.
Once SAC finally got rid of Halliburton Fox did play much better, as a matter of fact he played as well as last year when he earned his max contract!
The point is that Fox is a star in the league, Halliburton not yet, maybe never & after all you swap him for a much better player in Sabonis, Halliburton will never be as good as Sabonis, that’s for sure!
The “wanting to stay” thing is such a big lie, its wild fans still think it actually matters. 99.7% of players publicly say they “want to stay on their team”, the others are Bron, KD, Kyrie, Russ and Harden.
@El Don you lie: Fox is 100% NOT a star in this league, Haliburton is right now a bigger star and better player than ANYONE on Sacramento, you are the most delusional poster on this site lol
Well, A’sfaninLexington, El Don Always Wrong is about to mute you.
Isn’t this great, two posters with unusual takes and bball opinions muting each other out LOL.
Warriors should find a way to exchange the picks
Trade #28, 51 and 57 (add cash?) to Thunder and Kings for 34 and 37.
You pay little luxury tax for 2nd round picks
Not a bad idea. Probably makes sense for the Warriors. Not sure how this particular deal would work with three teams. Who gets what?
Warriors total income 2021-22 season
Warriors total payroll and luxury tax 2021-22 season
Rockets and Thunder sit back and receive welfare from Warriors
NBA reportedly seeking $75 billion from ESPN, Turner Sports in next TV contracts.
There are more costs to running a team than just player salaries so your numbers make it seem like GS made $400 million in profits which they assuredly did not. What were the bottom lines for GS, OKC, and HOU in 2021-22?
Sure, a normal person would think GSW would trade the pick for an established player, but perhaps they haven’t heard of Light Years? Myers/Lacob zigs when you think they’d zag. I wouldn’t put it out of the question that GSW would keep or even trade up.
trading for a future pick down the road. Why not because playing time will be tight next year. How are you going to fit in another young player with 3 draft picks they have now from last 2 years needing playing time.
Absolutely right ARC2