In contrast to most years, there are several teams in this year’s NBA Draft lottery who may prefer to be competitive in 2022-23. The Sacramento Kings are surely one.
When the Kings effectively traded the much younger Tyrese Haliburton to the Indiana Pacers at this year’s trade deadline in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, they made a statement. This team is ready to end its 16-year playoff drought.
Meanwhile, the Pacers have traditionally made a habit of staying competitive. They got younger in the Haliburton/Sabonis trade, but don’t make the mistake of pegging this team for a multiyear tank job.
If the Kings can compete for the play-in tournament next season, they’ll do it.
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With all that being said, could these teams link up for another trade this summer? They may have similar interests, but could they see different avenues towards achieving them?
If so, here’s an intriguing trade that lands Indiana the fourth pick in the upcoming draft.