The Cleveland Cavaliers landed star forward Luol Deng in a trade with Chicago, in part by sending their rights to Sacramento’s top-12 protected first-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft along with Andrew Bynum and more draft choices.
It would take a miracle at this rate for Chicago to end up with the Kings’ pick this year.
The Cavaliers owned the rights to the pick from the 2011 trade with the Kings that sent Omri Casspi to Cleveland in exchange for forward J.J. Hickson. The Kings would have to be selecting 13th or lower to lose their draft pick in what is considered one of the deepest drafts in recent years.
The Kings (10-22) currently have the fourth-worst record in the NBA. At this rate, the Kings would pick no lower than seventh in the draft.
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The pick is top-10 protected from 2015-17. If the Bulls don’t receive the pick by 2017, they will receive a second-round pick from Sacramento.