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    Why the Kings drafted T-Rob instead of Lillard

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...llard/1806185/


    WHY THE KINGS MISSED OUT ON DAMIAN LILLARD

    For anyone who thought my recent report on the dysfunctional dynamic between Sacramento Kings ownership and front office in the DeMarcus Cousins saga was covering new ground, you're forgiven for not paying attention the last couple of years.

    It's been ugly on that front for quite some time, largely because of the drastic decline in the spending habits of the Maloof family that owns the team. While there was a recent increase in the price tag of this team (from minimum payroll the last two seasons to a 2012-13 payroll that is at the salary cap), the penny-pinching precedent came with a cost during the summer. According to three people with knowledge of the situation who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, part of the reason the Kings drafted forward Thomas Robinson fifth overall out of Kansas in June instead of Rookie of the Year frontrunner and Weber State point guard Damian Lillard (who went sixth to Portland) was because of internal doubt about ownership's ability or willingness to pony up for restricted free agent forward Jason Thompson.

    There was strong support for Lillard among the team's front-office and scouting staff, but the unexpected chance to grab Robinson when he slid was seen as a safer option in case the Maloofs didn't pay the market price for Thompson and the team was left with Cousins and veteran forward Chuck Hayes on the frontline. The Kings were legitimately excited to take Robinson, who was seriously considered as high as No. 2 (Charlottte), but Thompson's situation was a factor.

    The Kings eventually signed Thompson, of course, with his deal reportedly worth $30.2 million over five years that came with a ripple effect on Robinson's rookie campaign. While Lillard is leading all rookies in scoring (18.4 points per game) and assists (6.4 per) while looking like a future All-Star, Robinson has had virtually no effect on the Kings' season. He's averaging just 15.1 minutes (21st among rookies), 4.3 points (23rd), and 3.8 rebounds per game (10th).

    The move looks even worse considering the uncertain future of fourth-year guard Tyreke Evans, the former Rookie of the Year who was moved from lead guard to off-guard last season and who could be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline. Second-year point guards Isaiah Thomas (60th pick) and Jimmer Fredette (10th pick) took over the duties last season, but the free agent addition of point guard Aaron Brooks last summer showed the Kings weren't averse to adding another point guard.

    Sacramento certainly wasn't the only team that missed on Lillard, but their miss was the worst. New Orleans made the move every general manager likely would have by taking big man Anthony Davis out of Kentucky at No. 1, while Charlotte (which already had point guard and former No. 9 pick Kemba Walker from the 2011 draft) opted for small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (also out of Kentucky). Washington used its No. 3 pick to select Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal to pair with former No. 1 pick, point guard John Wall, and Cleveland picked Syracuse scoring guard Dion Waiters to pair with former No. 1 pick point guard, Kyrie Irving at No. 4.

    On the rare positive side for Kings fans, their team has played .500 basketball (8-8) since starting the season 4-12.

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    Big surprise!!! The Magoof's strike again!!!

    Hey 2shady4u, still think it's not the owners??

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    If Petrie had his way, our starting 5 would be:

    Lillad
    Evans
    Thompson (Klay)
    Thompson (Jason)
    Monroe

    With Lillard/Klay we would have had the perimeter shooting. With Monroe we wouldn't have had a headache. Everyone says Petrie has lost his mind, but it's the Maloofs show all day every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    If Petrie had his way, our starting 5 would be:

    Lillad
    Evans
    Thompson (Klay)
    Thompson (Jason)
    Monroe

    With Lillard/Klay we would have had the perimeter shooting. With Monroe we wouldn't have had a headache. Everyone says Petrie has lost his mind, but it's the Maloofs show all day every day.
    Except for Tyreke that looks pretty good. I don't think Tyreke can play SG, but he has trade value and I am sure we could find a worthy SG in a trade for Tyreke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plague View Post
    Except for Tyreke that looks pretty good. I don't think Tyreke can play SG, but he has trade value and I am sure we could find a worthy SG in a trade for Tyreke.
    Honestly, we probably woudln't have drafted Evans. We would have drafted Rubio. Maloofs wanted Evans because they wanted a player that could compete right away. If we had Rubio, we probably would have kept Martin.

    Rubio
    Kevin Martin
    Klay Thompson
    Jason Thompson
    Greg Monroe
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    Honestly, we probably woudln't have drafted Evans. We would have drafted Rubio. Maloofs wanted Evans because they wanted a player that could compete right away. If we had Rubio, we probably would have kept Martin.

    Rubio
    Kevin Martin
    Klay Thompson
    Jason Thompson
    Greg Monroe
    That's not bad looking, but it might even be better than that. We might not have had Rubio for another 2 years, right?? Who knows what our record would've looked like if it had not been for Evans that 1st year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    If Petrie had his way, our starting 5 would be:

    Lillad
    Evans
    Thompson (Klay)
    Thompson (Jason)
    Monroe

    With Lillard/Klay we would have had the perimeter shooting. With Monroe we wouldn't have had a headache. Everyone says Petrie has lost his mind, but it's the Maloofs show all day every day.
    Or Kawhi Leonard instead of Klay.

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    A lot of people in this forum didn't want Lillard if I remember correctly! There were a few people who said Isaiah is our PG, its his job. He can't even pick up 3 assists a game.

    Every time Lillard's name is brought up it pisses me off because I see Lillard with the same skill set as Derek Rose (less explosive). He's a PG that does it all, and for the longest time I've been waiting for the Kings to get a guy that's going to pass the ball!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityofTreez View Post
    Or Kawhi Leonard instead of Klay.
    Yeah, that's probably who we would've taken.

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    My first instinct was to blame the Maloofs, but this time they're not really at fault - other than for running a dysfunctional organization. The Maloofs shelled out the money to re-sign JT. If they didn't, then they would be at fault. Either the "insiders" are trying to scapegoat the Maloofs for their mistake or our front office is completely inept. They knew that JT was going to be a free agent, why not ask ownership what they were willing to pay to keep him. Instead they made an assumption that killed our draft. The draft is the most important event for the Kings organization, they can't afford to ish the bed because they're making assumptions on what their bosses may do. It's Petrie's job to know his budget and work within the confines of the budget to put together the team. The blame is on Petrie for not being aware of his budget and the market value of his players. Petrie needs to go.

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    Maloofs need to go before Petrie. Also how do you know that Petrie didn't communicate with the Maloofs and just assumed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiants5518 View Post
    Maloofs need to go before Petrie. Also how do you know that Petrie didn't communicate with the Maloofs and just assumed?
    Don't get me wrong, I don't like the Maloofs either. But, in fairness, they're not to blame. The article states that the Kings saw Robinson as a safer option in case th Maloofs didn't pay to keep JT. It's Petrie's job to know JT's market value and know what the owners are willing to spend. What makes it worse is that JT was already a King and a restricted free agent. How can Petrie not be prepared in terms of keeping him? Did he really not make contact with the Maloofs about possibly re-signing him? If so, he needs to go.

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    It's the freaking Maloof fault, you can't spin this to blame on Petrie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent008 View Post
    Don't get me wrong, I don't like the Maloofs either. But, in fairness, they're not to blame. The article states that the Kings saw Robinson as a safer option in case th Maloofs didn't pay to keep JT. It's Petrie's job to know JT's market value and know what the owners are willing to spend. What makes it worse is that JT was already a King and a restricted free agent. How can Petrie not be prepared in terms of keeping him? Did he really not make contact with the Maloofs about possibly re-signing him? If so, he needs to go.
    Maybe Petrie thought asking the Maloofs would be disrespectful. Maloofs don't want to be thought of as broke and when a GM asks the owner about money, it makes them sound broke. Just thinking outloud.
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    Petrie is a freaking employee, he can't make money decision without asking his broke *** boss. Man I'm piss that we could've Lillard.

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