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June 22, 2011
Kings should have options at 7

It's been a busy day of mock drafts, stories and rumors. First off, I want to change my mock draft, every 10 minutes, but I'm going to stick with what I turned in a couple of hours ago.

Feel free to laugh at it when it posts after midnight.

But as the Kings approach Thursday's NBA Draft there are several players to consider.

Here is my guess as to who the Kings would look at if they stay at No. 7:

Kawhi Leonard
Klay Thompson
Jimmer Fredette
Kemba Walker
Jan Vesely
Alec Burks
Kemba Walker

I believe Leonard and Thompson make the most sense. Leonard would fill a need at small forward, but the Kings probably wouldn't see that addition lead to more wins immediately.

Thompson would be the player I think helps the Kings the most immediately because of his shooting. Thompson also has a good basketball IQ, is a willing passer and doesn't dominate the ball.

I still have the Kings taking Leonard in my mock draft, but Thompson wouldn't surprise me either. I still think the Kings find their veteran point guard via free agency or a trade.

For a team looking to improve sooner and not later, adding a rookie lead guard seems to go against that process, especially considering John Wall, Derrick Rose or Chris Paul isn't going to be available at seven.

Tony Parker? That doesn't seem likely, especially if it means taking on Richard Jefferson's contract.

Raymond Felton would be a good fit. But the Kings will have competition trying to get him out of Denver.

I'm told no deals are imminent for the Kings. That, of course, could change at any minute.

*In other Kings news, the team picked up the options for the 2012-13 season for Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi.

No real surprise there.

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