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Reports: Sacramento Kings Considering Trade Up To No. 3 To Pick De'Aaron Fox

The Sacramento Kings love Kentucky players, and they could be making a huge move to jump up to spots to take Wildcats point guard De'Aaron Fox.

According to reports from both Sacramento and Philadelphia, the Kings are considering packaging the No. 5 and 10 picks to send to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 selection.

Interestingly, Philadelphia is already using what was originally Sacramento's pick at No. 3, which it acquired through a pick swap.

Sacramento has the No. 10 pick from the DeMarcus Cousins trade, yet another Kentucky connection.

The Sacramento Beecites ESPN's Chad Ford, who wrote about the potential move in an 'insider' article:

The Sacramento Kings may have decided on their point guard of the future: Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox.

And according to ESPN insider Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, there’s talk within the organization to trade the No. 5 and No. 10 picks to move up in the draft to ensure that Fox is in a Kings uniform next season.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sixers writer Keith Pompey has heard similar things:

We’ve heard this countless times before, but league sources keep saying the Sacramento Kings are seriously considering packaging picks No. 5 and 10 in a trade for the 76ers' No. 3 in the June 22 draft.

This reported package had been previously denied. However, it keeps resurfacing.

While Fox is an impressive player, and some even prefer him to UCLA's Lonzo Ball, who he outplayed in head-to-head match-ups this season, giving up two top 10 picks in a very deep NBA Draft seems like a steep cost. The Kings need more than just one point guard, and could hold at No. 5 and 10 to add a needed wing like Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, and then grab explosive NC State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who could be available with that second pick.

There is also the chance that the Lakers take Fox at No. 2, an additional risk, though that would allow the Kings to take Ball. And, of course, there's a very good chance that Fox is still there at No. 5 if guys like Jackson and Tatum go before him, which is definitely in play.

Obviously, if the Kings are in love with Fox, they may think it is worth it to lock him up with a trade, but as we've seen in recent drafts, the Kings' early first round infatuations haven't worked out all that often.

If Fox does go to Sacramento, he'll be teamed up with fellow former Wildcat greats Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere.

[ESPN; The Philadelphia Inquirer]