Jaden Ivey, screened at number 4, has not been in contact with Kings

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NEW YORK – Jaden Ivey entered NBA draft week as the top guard in this class and the number 4 consensual pick in the draft. Sitting at number 4 are the Sacramento Kings, a team Ivey had no contact with throughout the pre-draft process.

“It’s just the way my agents set it all up, the way they planned it,” Ivey told Yahoo Sports. “I haven’t really talked to the Kings, it just happened that way.”

So far, there are small commercial talks with the fourth choice. The New York Knicks are thought to be interested in making a move but don’t have much to offer or download for choice.

The teams Ivey went to and trained for were the Orlando Magic (Choice # 1) and Detroit Pistons (Choice # 5). The Oklahoma City Thunder (picks # 2 and 12) traveled to Los Angeles a few weeks ago to see Ivey train, but never visited the facilities.

“With every workout I’ve done, I feel like I’ve really competed and shown what I’m capable of,” Ivey told Yahoo Sports. “I improved my mid-range jump shot during the spring, and that’s something I’m continuing to work on, so I know I’ve shown improvements in my game.”

Because the Kings don’t seem to be a good fit for Jaden Ivey

On paper, it doesn’t make sense for the Kings to take Ivey, unless it’s for trading. They have a somewhat established backcourt with De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell, and have already traded Tyrese Haliburton for the Indiana Pacers after selecting him in the lottery two years ago. But a team absolutely does not want to pass Ja Morant 2.0, so there is a lot of gray area.

The Kings could still choose Ivey regardless, even if he had no communication with the franchise during the drafting process.

Jaden Ivey didn’t work out for the Sacramento Kings, who hold the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft, even though he’s been screened in that pot for weeks. (Stacy Revere / Getty Images)

However, he leaves him in limbo as he heads towards Thursday night with uncertainty as to where he will land.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster and a little bit stressful,” Ivey told Yahoo Sports. “But I’m enjoying this process and I’m just grateful to be here, and can’t wait to see where I land.”

In recent years, the draft has shown that versatile and skilled guards produce at a higher level than attackers and centers made with the best picks. Zion Williamson was selected over Morant in 2019, while Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III were chosen before Luka Doncic and Trae Young in 2018. Morant, Doncic and Young are arguably the best young players in the league.

Could Jaden Ivey become number 1 or 2 in the NBA draft?

All three teams in the lead (Magic, Thunder and Houston Rockets) need in the frontcourt, but it wouldn’t be the crazier what in the world to take Ivey with one of the top two places.

When Yahoo Sports asked if fans should be shocked if Ivey is taken number 1 or 2, Ivey confidently replied, “I don’t think so at all. I feel like I’m a special talent and if I am” I called. [first or second]I’ll just be grateful and we’ll see what happens. “

Ivey was placed at number 4 all season behind Auburn’s Jabari Smith, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Duke’s Paolo Banchero. The feeling of being neglected all season as the best prospect in class is fueling his motivation to improve.

“There’s definitely a lot of motivation that comes with it,” Ivey told Yahoo Sports. “I feel like my whole life I have been underestimated and that’s nothing new to me. I’ll just keep that lead and motivation. I’ll continue to improve in every aspect of my game. I will never stop working.”

The realistic landing spots are at number 2 Oklahoma City (clearly a piece for a bigger puzzle general manager Sam Presti and the staff are building), Detroit at number 5 (dream scenario for Pistons fans with Cade Cunningham facilitates for Ivey on the wing) or other teams in the top 10 who wish to enter into business talks before Thursday night.

The stress of the draft process is heightened, especially during draft week, with speculation ramping up. For Ivey, it will be a hug from her mother and a deep exhalation that will follow immediately upon hearing NBA commissioner Adam Silver call his game. Which team it will be, not even Ivey knows yet.

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