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Kings reportedly ‘praying’ Buddy Hield falls to them at No. 8

Buddy Hield

The Sacramento Kings are facing a pretty extensive rebuild of their team, and they reportedly have someone in mind with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Kings are “praying” that Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is there for them with the 8th pick, and both GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive are extremely high on the player.

Hield projects as a shooting guard, so it makes sense that the Kings are interested as it’s safe to say Ben McLemore has not worked out as hoped. The hope is probably that they can pair him with DeMarcus Cousins to create a potentially lethal inside-outside combination.

The problem for Sacramento is that Hield may well not be there for him. He was viewed as a likely top five pick in March and nothing has happened that would change that. The Kings would probably be wise to have a backup plan in place in the event that Hield is off the board when they pick.

H/T Rotoworld

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