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Kings get 5, 10, 34, and a dude named Bogdan

Nate Washburn

Kings get 5, 10, 34, and a dude named Bogdan

The rebuild of the Sacramento Kings is coming fast and furious. Less than three months ago, the club was not much more than a group of disjointed veterans trying to back their way into an early exit from the NBA Playoffs. Today, they are a team loaded with youthful potential and four more rookies likely on the way this Fall.

On Tuesday night, Sacramento got the news that they will have the 5th and 10th overall picks in the 2017 NBA Draft. That, coupled with the 34th pick and the likelihood of Serbian sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic joining the club after three productive seasons in the Turkish league, has Kings fans super excited about the future.

Kings’ General Manager Vlade Divac and his front-office team are quickly deploying one of the league’s fastest about-faces of all times, turning dead assets into young potential, making risky moves that are paying off, and getting a little luck.

"We are pleased with the outcome tonight and excited to have secured two top 10 picks in a very strong draft,” said Divac. “We’re in a great position to improve our team and we look forward to the draft this summer."

With the fifth pick in the June 22 draft, the Kings are in line to land an impact player. Point guards Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball will likely go number one and two, but Sacramento should be able to get a great player to fill one of their two positions of need – point guard and small forward.

PG De'Aaron Fox out of Kentucky is likely the early front-runner, but forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum should be able to contribute to the team’s young core right away.

As for the 10th and 34th pick, it will be up to the Kings’ brain trust to land some hidden gems. They could also package the picks and go in a different direction. There are just so many options, it’s too much fun.

As for Bogdanovic, the Kings are very confident that they can sign him this summer. But, the club is already quite loaded at shooting guard with Buddy Hield, Garret Temple, and Malachi Richardson. The 24-year-old shooting guard may not see an opportunity for playing time in Sac.

In a recent interview, Bogdanovic expressed his concerns about playing time with the Kings if he were to join them for the 2017-18 season. Of course, this could also be a negotiating ploy when it comes to contract talks.

Whichever way things go Sacramento Kings fans have a lot to be excited for. It might take a little time, but the team has a bright future and now the right leaders in place to guide them there.

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