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NBA draft lottery odds: How Kings' 39-43 finish impacts 76ers, Celtics

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NBA draft lottery odds: How Kings' 39-43 finish impacts 76ers, Celtics

The Kings' resurgence was bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.

Wednesday's 136-131 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers finalized the Kings' record at 39-43, tied for the best among teams that didn't reach the NBA playoffs and now fall into the draft lottery. That means the Kings have just a 1 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 4.8 percent shot at a top-four selection when draft positions are pulled on May 14, per Tankathon.com.

Of course, the Kings won't keep the pick, regardless of position, as a result of their 2015 Nik Stauskas trade with the 76ers. If the Kings somehow draw the No. 1 pick, it will go to Philadelphia, which almost certainly would use it on Duke sensation Zion Williamson. But the real loser here is Boston, which otherwise will receive Sacramento's selection -- and it likely won't be as high as the Celtics hoped. After all, the last time the Kings won this many games in a season was 2007-08, when they finished 38-44.

Depending on a random drawing scheduled for Friday, the Kings’ draft lottery position could be 12th, 13th or 14th.

Easing Boston's pain, however, is the fact that it could have four first-round picks this year, depending on where the Memphis Grizzlies' No. 1-through-No. 8-protected pick lands. So, what the Celtics could miss in quality, they might make up for in quantity.

The Kings will have three second-round picks in this year's draft, so they won't be completely silent come June 20. While not being about to add a mid-round talent to its budding roster isn't ideal, Sacramento's future seems bright with De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley and others leading a potential march past draft lottery status and into the playoffs for the first time since 2006. 

2019 NBA draft lottery odds

Note: Odds per Tankathon.com; ties will be broken by a random drawing scheduled for Friday

1. New York Knicks (17-65)
52.1% chance at top-four pick; 14.0% for No. 1 pick

2t. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63)
52.1% chance for top-four pick; 14.0% for No. 1 pick

2t. Phoenix Suns (19-63)
52.1% chance for top-four pick; 14.0% for No. 1 pick

4. Chicago Bulls (22-60)
48.0% chance for top-four pick; 12.5% for No. 1 pick

5. Atlanta Hawks (29-53)
42.1% chance for top-four pick; 10.5% for No. 1 pick

6. Washington Wizards (32-50)
37.2% chance for top-four pick; 9.0% for No. 1 pick

7t. New Orleans Pelicans (33-49)
36.3% chance for top-four pick; 6.0% for No. 1 pick

7t. Dallas Mavericks (33-49)
Pick goes to the Hawks if it falls outside the top 5
36.3% chance for top-four pick; 6.0% for No. 1 pick

7t. Memphis Grizzlies (33-49)
Pick goes to the Celtics if it falls outside the top 8
36.3% chance for top-four pick; 6.0% for No. 1 pick

10. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-45)
13.9% chance for top-four pick; 3.0% for No. 1 pick

11. L.A. Lakers (37-45)
9.4% chance for top-four pick; 2.0% for No. 1 pick

12t. Miami Heat (39-43)
4.8% chance for top-four pick; 1.0% for No. 1 pick

12t. Charlotte Hornets (39-43)
4.8% chance for top-four pick; 1.0% for No. 1 pick

12t. Sacramento Kings (39-43)
Pick goes to the 76ers if it's No. 1 overall
Pick goes to the Celtics if it's No. 2 through No. 14

4.8% chance for top-four pick; 1.0% for No. 1 pick

Kings fan makes good on pledge, gets married in Harry Giles jersey

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Kings fan makes good on pledge, gets married in Harry Giles jersey

Whenever Richard and Kate Ivanowski look at their wedding photos, they will think of Kings forward Harry Giles.

That's because Richard got married to Kate this weekend while wearing a Giles jersey under his suit jacket.

Why did Richard wear a Giles jersey during his wedding? This all came about in early June when he asked his then-fiancé if he could wear a Kings jersey during their wedding. She said yes, but only if he got 10,000 retweets on Twitter.

It took about one day for Richard to hit the 10,000 retweet mark.

So, this weekend, Richard and Kate got hitched, with a Giles jersey visible in their photos.

Giles himself was pretty pumped about it.

[RELATED: How Giles helped Ivanowski's plan wedding]

So a few decades from now, when Richard and Kate are showing their wedding photos to their grandkids, they'll have to explain who Giles is and why his jersey was a part of their wedding.

That will be a unique story to tell.

Source: Kings unlikely to pursue free agent center Nikola Vucevic

Source: Kings unlikely to pursue free agent center Nikola Vucevic

SACRAMENTO -- The rumor mill is only going to heat up as we approach the start of the NBA’s free agency period on June 30. With $35-38 million to spend, the Sacramento Kings are going to get mentioned plenty, and often the reports will be inaccurate.

Vlade Divac and his team have placed an emphasis on improving the center position, but according to a league source, while the team holds Nikola Vucevic in high regard, the team is not expected to chase the Orlando Magic big man in free agency, despite reports to the contrary.

After posting 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per game this season, Vucevic is primed to sign a mega contract, whether it’s with the Orlando or elsewhere.

The 28-year-old is skilled and made his first All-Star team this season, but he’s not a great fit for the Kings’ uptempo style of play.

There are plenty of other centers on the market this summer. Dewayne Dedmon and DeAndre Jordan are both unrestricted free agents and might work as short-term fixes. Jordan is on the wrong side of 30 and Dedmon isn’t far behind, but both are solid rebounders and defenders.

Memphis Grizzlies big man Jonas Valanciunas just opted out of his contract for this season and is an unrestricted free agent. At 27-year-old he fits the age arc of the Kings’ roster, but again, isn’t exactly built for an uptempo style.

The team hasn’t shut the door on a return of the incumbent starter, Willie Cauley-Stein. He is long and athletic, but his inconsistent play continues to concern the Kings.

[RELATED: How Lakers' Davis trade impacts Kings]

Sacramento is likely to extend the 25-year-old a qualifying offer before the beginning of free agency, locking him into restricted free agent status. They will wait to see how the market materializes for the former No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft before making a final decision on his future with the team.