Chad Ford of ESPN.com said in his latest SportsNation Chat that the Sacramento Kings have “a lot (of) interest” in forward Derrick Williams, currently of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
When asked about William’s situation in Minnesota, Ford had this to say:
From everything I can gather, he’s available. It’s just about finding the right deal. Head coach Rick Adelman would prefer another veteran big to fill out the rotation. I think GM Flip Saunders wants a little more value. I know the Kings have a lot interest in Williams and might have the right combination of veterans to make a deal (Jason Williams? Chuck Hayes?).
Presumably, Ford means Jason Thompson rather than Jason Williams, unless the Timberwolves expect the Kings to time-travel back to 2001.
Derrick Williams was selected 2nd overall out of Arizona in the 2011 draft and has been a fairly massive bust for the Timberwolves, who have emerged as one of the best squads in the West so far this season. Williams, a 6’8 power forward, has failed to convert to small forward so as to play next to Timberwolves star Kevin Love. Williams has struggled to find his offense in the pros, shooting a career 42.2 percent and just 30 percent from three.
While a Hayes/Williams swap wouldn’t have huge consequences for Sacramento aside from losing a veteran lockerroom presence, trading Thompson—a starter and the most consistant non-DeMarcus Cousins big-man—would indicate the Kings were in full rebuilding mode. Ford said earlier on Monday that the Kings were “all-in” on tanking for the 2014 NBA draft and ranked them 2nd overall in his weekly “Tank Rank” article.