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Looking at some of Chris Mullin's draft picks .... and the possibility of Monta Ellis as a King (again);
I've already heard plenty of angst from fans over the notion of Chris Mullin being a consultant with the Kings.
It's has a lot to do with some of the moves Mullin made with Golden State.
So I decided to take a look at some of them, namely the first-round draft picks:
2004: Andris Biedrins
2005: Ike Diogu
2006: Patrick O'Bryant
2007: Marco Belinelli
2008: Anthony Randolph
Belinelli is the only one of the bunch still playing a significant role on an NBA team.
Biedrins looked as if he could be a solid center when Mullin signed him to a six-year extension, but his best days were before the deal before the injury.
Mullin's best pick was in the 2005, picking Monta Ellis in the second round. Ellis also signed a big deal under Mullin and was later traded by new GM Bob Myers to Milwaukee.
We'll have to wait and see what Pete D'Alessandro's draft philosophy will be after years under Mullin and Masai Ujiri.
*If Mullin agrees to become a consultant, the Kings would have three key leaders that figure to appeal to Ellis. Mullin, D'Alessandro, and coach Michael Malone, who Ellis reportedly enjoyed working with before being traded.
But the notion of Ellis coming to Sacramento as a free agent is still a ways away from happening. The Kings have to decide if they want Tyreke Evans back first. They also need to address a lack of size in the backcourt if Evans is gone (the Kings wouldn't have a guard listed over 6-4).
I still expect there to be some trades and find out if the Kings will now be willing to use the amnesty clause, which the Maloofs would not do. Amnesty could be used on John Salmons to create more cap flexibility.