According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, “Possible overall No.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz is working out for Kings on Sunday.” In the past Fultz said that he would only work out for the Celtics, as many believed that he was a lock for the number one overall pick. This could mean a lot of things for a lot of different teams.
Danny Ainge has been known to be a bit unpredictable in the past. In 2015, a Demarcus Cousins trade to the Celtics looked inevitable, but Ainge pulled out before they could get a deal done. On draft day in 2016, Ainge opted to select California star, Jaylen Brown, rather than trading the pick or drafting Kris Dunn, Marquese Chriss, Jamal Murray, or Buddy Hield who were all ranked significantly higher than Brown on most mock drafts. Ainge could be looking to make a similar move this year with the selection of Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, or even De’Aaron Fox.
Why would Markelle Fultz work out with the Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and tenth selections in the 2017 NBA Draft? I think Fultz and his agent know something that others don’t. The Kings could be looking to put together a package of picks and young players in order to move up and select consensus number one pick, Markelle Fultz. A possible trade could look like the Kings sending the fifth and tenth picks to the Celtics, along with Skal Labissiere for the first pick and the contract of Tyler Zeller.
Should the Kings accept this deal? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Let’s take a look back at a couple high picks by the Kings who were supposed to turn into stars. In 2014, we drafted Nik Stauskas eighth overall. In 2013, we drafted Ben Mclemore seventh overall. In 2012, we drafted Thomas Robinson fifth overall. I’m going to be honest. The Kings may not be the best at drafting talent, and are certainly very unlucky, as all three of those guys were consensus lottery picks who were supposed to grow into superstars. Now in 2017, would you rather draft Markelle Fultz, who looks to be amazing, or have a three times higher percentage at a superstar with two top-10 picks and Skal Labissiere. One superstar isn’t going to lead us to a title, three might however.
The Pacers or Bulls
Both the Pacers and Bulls have a superstar who has been linked to Boston in trade rumors in the past. Hearing that Fultz is now unsure if the Celtics intend to pick him, the Pacers, Bulls, or any other team who wants to start a rebuild, may want to start now with a huge trade to get the first overall pick. I’m not 100% sure the Celtics are trading the pick, but after hearing about Fultz’ uncertainty, who knows.