In 2015, the Kings made a move to create salary cap space to sign free agents by trading Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas and their 2019 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers then traded the pick with top-one protection to the Boston Celtics two years ago to trade up to No. 1 for Markelle Fultz. Had Sacramento’s pick ended up at No. 1 this year, they would have had to send it to Philly. Instead, they landed at No. 14 and the Celtics got the pick.
LeBrons short and sweet reaction to Lakers landing No. 4 pick
The 2015 trade is already viewed as a bust for the Kings, as they failed to build a winning team around DeMarcus Cousins and ended up shipping him off, too. That didn’t stop their social media team from trolling the 76ers over not getting the No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday.
For Pelicans, a great player like Zion Williamson comes with great responsibility
Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce your way, @sixers fans. Trade complete. pic.twitter.com/zINTpdhrIP
How did the Sixers respond? By reminding the Kings that the reason they weren’t eliminated from the playoffs on a Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater is because they didn’t get there.
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In summary, the Kings had no chance at landing a first-round pick on Tuesday. However, it would have been a complete shot to the gut if they ended up at No. 1 and had to send the pick to Philly. That would have been yet another reminder of what a disaster their 2015 trade was.
For whatever reason, the Kings and 76ers have a history of trading shots on social media. Sacramento’s latest wasn’t a great look, however, as they were basically bragging about their trade being just bad rather than a potential franchise destroyer.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Count LeBron James as one of the many people associated with the Los Angeles Lakers happy with the teams NBA Draft Lottery showing.
The Lakers defied the odds of the lottery and landed the fourth overall pick. The team was expected to receive a pick somewhere in the teens.
James took to Instagram to offer a simple, yet fitting reaction to getting the No. 4 pick, posting #4…Beautiful.
The Lakers strong showing comes in the midst of talks of James being traded. However, as ESPNs Stephen A. Smith pointed out on Mondays Get Up!, the Lakers have no plans to trade James.
Likewise, James has no plan to demand a trade. After all, the No. 4 pick could help sweeten a deal between the Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans (who won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes Wednesday) for star Anthony Davis.