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Kings Select Sacramento Native And Then Trade Him For The Rights To Four Players

Frank Franklin II / AP

Georgios Papagiannis, center, stands as he is announced as the 13th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York.

Frank Franklin II / AP

The Sacramento Kings picked Marquese Chriss from the University of Washington with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. The team immediately turned around and sent the Pleasant Grove High grad to the Phoenix Suns.

In exchange, the Kings get two centers in the first round this year, the rights to a European point guard who was drafted two years ago, and a second-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Georgios Papagiannas is 7'1" and has played center in Greece for four years. He averaged 6.4 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game in limited action last year. During a call with sports writers, he said he was looking forward to contributing to the Kings' offense.

"I gonna shoot three-point shots if the coach lets me do it," he said.

Papagiannas also said he looks forward to playing alongside All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

It's gonna be a great experience for me being the same room as these guys," he said. "He's a great player. I love his game, so I'm gonna get a lot of him, a lot out of him."

Skal Labissiere is 6'11" and averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the University of Kentucky this year.

Bogdan Bogdanovic played overseas this year, despite being drafted by the Suns in 2014. He led Serbia to a silver medal in the FIBA World Cup that year.

The fourth player will be the Detroit Pistons' second-round pick in 2020.

Chriss spent one year at Washington where he averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also led the nation in the fouls committed.

In the second round, the Kings picked Isaiah Cousins from the University of Oklahoma. He averaged 9.7 points and shot just under 41 percent from the floor and from three-point land while having a better than two-and-a-half-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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