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There seem like two prospects on the high of the 2018 NBA Draft who’ve a leg up within the race for being chosen No. 1 total: Arizona’s Deandre Ayton and Sacramento’s Luka Doncic. Whereas there are a selection of doubtless nice prospects on this draft, Ayton fills an enormous want at heart for the Phoenix Suns whereas Doncic has performed for the staff’s new head coach.

Ought to the Suns draft Ayton No. 1 — along with his place match, he performed his school ball at Arizona — the coast could be clear for the Sacramento Kings so as to add a much-needed infusion of expertise on the wing within the type of Doncic. However after all, since Doncic performs overseas, the danger exists that he won’t come over instantly.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski had draft analysts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz on the most recent version of his podcast, and the potential for Doncic placing the Kings in a wierd scenario popped up.

“He’s gonna have just a little little bit of a say right here on this course of as nicely,” Givony mentioned. “He’s really underneath contract in Actual Madrid and if he doesn’t wanna go to Sacramento, he may undoubtedly make issues onerous on them and provides them quite a bit to consider by saying “Guys, in the event you draft me, I’m gonna signal an enormous extension, I’m gonna make 2 million Euro subsequent yr, and I’m not coming over till you commerce my rights. He’s by no means at any level mentioned 100 % that he’s coming over subsequent yr. I believe he want to, clearly you wish to get your rookie scale contract began, you wanna get shifting on that second deal 4 years from now, however he has much more leverage on this course of than anyone else on this draft.”

Givony identified that Sacramento doesn’t all the time enchantment to younger gamers, however this appeared extra like a worst-case state of affairs for the Kings than an indication of issues to come back, so Sacramento followers who’re nervous at the potential for getting Fran Vazquez’d shouldn’t panic an excessive amount of proper now.

(By way of The Woj Podcast)

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