I’ve never been one to take anything Marc Stein says with any validity. I’m not saying he’s wrong or enhances stuff he hears, but, well fuck it – yes I am. Not nearly as bad as Ric Bucher, but, yeah. Some of his stuff seems so off base at times….
But beyond that – Stein points out the obvious; The Kings are shopping Carl Landry. Shocker. However, in addition to the mention of Landry, Stein also points out that the Kings (at least from the basketball side of operations, aka, not the Maloofs) are open to moving second year forward Omri Casspi. Stein mentions that both the Knicks and Bulls have expressed interest in the Israli gunner:
The major difference, of course, is that Cousins has been deemed an untouchable by the Kings while Casspi – depending on the quality of the offers – is a legit candidate to be moved before the Feb. 24 trading deadline.
Among the teams that have registered interest in the NBA’s first-ever Israeli: Chicago and New York.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m fine with the Kings moving Landry. In fact, I encourage it. He’s not part of the Kings future and with the upcoming CBA and his free agency status at season end, I don’t want to be the team that overpays him.
Casspi on the other hand – the rumors strike me a bit odd. I certainly don’t have issue trading Casspi if he’s involved in a package deal for a high quality player, but, neither New York or Chicago has any big name talent that would be available to the Kings and any other scenario with either of those clubs wouldn’t be pretty for Sacramento. I’m not saying that the Kings aren’t open to moving Casspi – I’m sure they are, assuming the price is right. I just don’t think we’ll see the right price unless it’s for a disgruntled star. And while we’re on that topic, I’d like to announce that I just saw some pigs flying outside.
Who knew they could fly in the rain?