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Pacific Notes: Murray, C. Johnson, Rollins,

The kings took some heat to select Keegan Murray before Jaden Ivey with the fourth pick on Thursday night, but general manager Mount McNair said the decision was “unanimous” among the front office, writes Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. Owner Vivek Ranadive also endorsed Murray due to concerns over Ivey’s awkward fit alongside De’Aaron FoxAnderson adds.

“In the end, after sitting in the room with my front desk staff, all of our staff, our scouting department, our analysis department, it was unanimous that Keegan Murray was the best player available, and we jumped at the chance to draft him,” McNair said.

At an introductory press conference today in Sacramento, Murray spoke about how far he’s come, noting that he struggled to find a Division I scholarship after high school (video link from The Sacramento Bee). He called the experience since draft night “the best time of my life.”

“I’m thrilled to be here in Sacramento,” said Murray. “It’s a dream come true to be able to don purple and black, so I’m grateful to be in this position. Sacramento has welcomed me with open arms so far, so I’m thrilled to see everyone to games and things like that. For me, it’s been a journey of where I’m from and where I am now.

There is more from the Pacific Division:

  • Cameron Johnson knows he’s not the top priority this summer as he waits to see if the suns will offer a rookie-wide extension, by Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. Rankin estimates that if Phoenix makes the offer, Johnson can expect between $15 million and $20 million a year. “There’s a lot of things that have to happen before it gets to that, you know,” says Johnson. “Even if you talk about things with (Deandre Ayton), like that is obviously more at the forefront of things, but I’m confident that whatever has to happen will happen.
  • The Warriors seen ryan rollin as a potential first-round pick, which is why they were willing to give the Hawks $2 million to move from No. 51 to No. 44, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Dalton Johnson. Rollins told reporters Golden State tried to trade up to No. 30 but was unable to reach a deal with the Nuggets.
  • Second-round pick Moussa Diabate will be a project in his first season with the Mowers, notes Austin Meek of The Athletic. A five-star recruit out of high school, Diabate only spent a year in Michigan before declaring himself for the draft. “I think there is an evolution in his game: more comfortable with the ball, more spatial awareness” Wolverines assistant Phil Martelli said. “He’s a very, very strong-willed learner.”

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