The Sacramento Kings are building up toward becoming a playoff team after trading for Domantas Sabonis at the deadline. Sacramento now has a star duo with De’Aaron Fox and Sabonis but lacks the surrounding pieces to make them a playoff roster. Trading the 4th overall pick could help the Kings acquire an established piece. Many teams will likely be interested in the 4th overall pick, as there are talented players available. There have already been rumors that the Kings are likely to move the pick.
Finding a forward, wing, or center are all possible positions of need depending on where they want to play Sabonis. Sabonis can play power forward or center, and their next target depends on where they want him to play.
With that said, here are the two best trades the Kings can make using the number 4th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
1. Kings trade Harrison Barnes, Justin Holiday, Alex Len, the 4th overall pick, and a 2024 first-round pick to the Wizards for Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been subject to trade rumors throughout the past few years. It may be time for Washington to finally move on. Beal will be heading into the final year of his deal if he opts into his player option.
This package would make the salaries match and give the Wizards a high pick to select someone to be a cornerstone for their young core. They would also get an additional first-round pick to help their rebuild. If Washington holds onto Beal, they may lose him next year for nothing via free agency. Acquiring these expiring contracts could make for more assets to trade at the deadline. Even if they aren’t able to flip Barnes, Holiday, and Len, they will be off the books at the end of the season.
Beal would give the Kings a star-studded big three alongside Fox and Sabonis. Before getting injured, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. In the previous two seasons, Beal had averaged over 30 points per game, proving that he is one of the best scorers in the league.