On the eve of the NBA Draft, Nets general manager Billy King downplayed his chances of getting himself into a draft in which the team currently does not have a pick.

“I’d like [to trade into it], just because I think you can get a good player,” King said Wednesday at the team’s New Jersey practice facility. “I don’t know if we will. … I doubt we’ll get into the first round. There’s a chance we can get a second-round pick, but we’re going to be patient. So I’d say the odds on the first [round are] not good, second round possible.”

Despite King’s public stance, it seems likely the Nets will move into the draft for at least one pick Thursday night. With $2 million to spend, they will be able to buy at least one second-round pick, and if they dangle the rights to Euro-stash Bojan Bogdanovic, they potentially could move into the latter part of the first round, where several teams are likely trying to get out of the draft.

But, as always, where the Nets will end up will depend upon the price to do so.

“We can get [into the first round],” King said, “but what do you have to give up to get there? So you weigh the player you may have to trade or the cash you may have to spend and you find out, is it worth it? Is that player you’re going to get better than what you’re giving up?”