You know – that headline might be a little funnier, if it wasn’t true. Times are a sad. *sigh*
Once the deadline passed, it was reported that the Kings acquired former Dallas Maverick (I’m sure you remember him – he has the tattoo of a guy blowing off his head with a shotgun? :\ ) and current Boston Celtic Marquis Daniels for a nice dab of cream – or for those not way super hip and fresh to def like me, cash.
You’re probably going – uh, why? Excellent question, snowflake.
The Kings, coming into today, were $1.25 million dollars under the minimum salary cap threshold. In simple terms, they needed to acquire $1.25 million dollars or disperse that to the current King players in some form, be that all to one player or a “bonus” for the roster.
One might argue that would have been a more beneficial than trading for Daniels who currently sits sidelined with a spinal injury.
Daniels, in my most humble but awesomest opinion, will never report to Sacramento. He’s a free agent at season end and there is no guarantee he’ll play again this season with such a serious injury. And frankly, he wouldn’t suit up to play a handful of games for Sacramento even if healthy. Daniels also does have the ability to veto the trade, but, assuming he has any desire to return to the Celtics next year (as it’s thought), there would be no reason to do so.
In short – the Kings helped the Celtics get some money off their books (and considering Boston was over the luxury tax limit, that becomes a solid financial relief for Boston) and the Celtics helped the Kings (I guess….) avoid the minimum luxury issue they’d have ran into.
A pointless trade? Hardly!
And while it might seem circumstantial at the current moment, the Kings “helping out” the Celtics could come back to help them down the road if the Kings ever need a little back scratch as well.
Yeah – I’m grasping at straws. It’s all I have. Suck it.