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Things to think about for the Kings leading up to the NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is less than 24 hours and what the Kings will do is like a roll of the dice.

The Kings are open to trading up, trading down or trading the the eighth pick all together for veteran help.

I said last month if the Kings were going to trade up it would be for Joel Embiid and they've looked to do that according to CBS Sports.

Embiid had surgery for a stress fracture in his foot last Friday, which seems to have knocked him out of contention for being the No. 1 overall pick.

The Kings want to add length and athleticism next to DeMarcus Cousins and Embiid fits that need. But his foot injury is a legitimate reason to be concerned.

Embiid figures to miss a big chunk, if not all of his rookie season, according to various reports.

The priorities:

The Kings would love to find these in veterans via trade or free agency. If not, the Kings will add someone to the team that fills a need in these areas while also boosting the basketball IQ of the squad.

Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro is open to a deal. His goal is to improve the team ASAP and he won’t hold on to a pick if there’s a deal to be made for a veteran (like a Rajon Rondo).

D’Alessandro is probably on the phone right now, trying to make something happen. If not, McDermott, Stauskas, Gordon and Payton are targets.

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