Rumors are swirling: With the 7th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings…
The rumor mill is in full tilt tonight, with Yahoo! front man Adrian Wojnarowski leading the charge. Is there a possible blockbuster trade looming between the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs involving All-Star guard Tony Parker?
The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and seventh picks, respectively. The Kings are determined to get a frontline point guard, and have also talked with the Denver Nuggets about Raymond Felton.
Wojnarowski followed his initial story with a series of informative tweets:
If Spurs deal Tony Parker to Kings for 7th pick, expect Omri Caspi to be part of package, sources say. RC Buford has been long fond of him.
The Kings coaching staff, in win-now mode to stay employed, are fully behind trading the 7th pick for an established player, sources say.
There’s no question the Kings coaching staff would appreciate a seasoned-playoff veteran like Parker to run the show. And so might Tyreke Evans. The beauty of Evans is that though he was drafted as a point, the 6′-6″ 2009-10 Rookie of the Year can play both the shooting guard and small forward positions. It’s unknown how close a deal like this is near completion, but tossing small forward Omri Casspimight not be something that interests Sacramento. Although Casspi finished the season rough, he is a quality three-point shooter and a backcourt of Tony Parker and Tyreke Evans will need all the perimeter shooting it can get.
With less than two days left before the 2011 NBA draft, the no. 7 pick is looking more and more desirable by the minute, as teams are posturing to both move up in the draft as well as drop salary in anticipation of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Check back later this morning for our podcast with Kings beat writer Jason Jones of the Sac Bee, where we discuss the potential Parker deal and other speculation surrounding the Kings draft day options.