If the Kings do not trade down in the first round of Thursday's NBA draft, there is a good chance they will select a player who did not first visit Sacramento.
The Kings hosted six players for a predraft workout Monday at the team's practice facility, a group that did not include a top-five prospect. There is still time for more workouts, but it is unlikely the Kings would be able to bring in one of the top prospects before Thursday.
Sacramento has hosted the top center (Andre Drummond) and point guard (Damian Lillard), but those aren't positions the team is expected to address with the fifth overall pick.
The Kings have DeMarcus Cousins at center, and with two second-year point guards (Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette) and the possibility of Tyreke Evans still handling the ball, adding another young point guard isn't necessarily a top priority.
The Kings are looking for help at small forward and power forward.
It would be a surprise if Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson were available for the Kings. One of the top two small forwards, Harrison Barnes or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, could be available at No. 5.
The two likely first-round picks the Kings hosted Monday were Mississippi State power forward Arnett Moultrie and St. John's small forward Moe Harkless.
They are the kind of players the Kings would target if they traded down from No. 5 in the first round.
Both are expected to be available in the middle of the first round. Internet rumblings had the Houston Rockets, who have the 14th and 16th picks, looking to move up and possibly trading with Sacramento.
The Kings and Rockets have been trade partners in recent seasons.
What's unclear is if the Kings would make such a deal without unloading one of their higher-paid players or if the Rockets would move a player such as Kyle Lowry or Samuel Dalembert.
The Kings had little time to evaluate Moultrie. He injured an ankle at the start of the workout and did not complete it.
Moultrie (6-foot-11, 233 pounds) is an athletic big man who averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds as a junior last season.
Harkless (6-9, 207) is athletic and said to have the skills to be a good defender in the NBA. He averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds as a freshman last season.
"I was forced to guard bigger guys the whole year, so I think it showed a lot of toughness and forced me to grow up fast," Harkless said.
Harkless, who said the Kings' up-tempo style suits him well, also is trying to show in workouts that he's improving his offensive skills after shooting 21.5 percent from beyond the college three-point line.
Harkless attributed that partly to rushing shots.
"I didn't shoot the ball well at all in college and going to these workouts, I've gotten the chance to showcase my jump shot," Harkless said. "Showcase my ballhandling and showcase how hard I play."
Guards Darryl Bryant (West Virginia), Zack Rosen (Pennsylvania) and James Nunnally (UC Santa Barbara) and forward Augustus Gilchrist (South Florida) also worked out Monday for the Kings.
Offer for Thompson The Kings announced they have extended a qualifying offer to starter Jason Thompson, making the power forward a restricted free agent.