The Sacramento Kings are pushing hard for potential trades, according to a report by nba.com writer and former Sacramento Bee beat reporter Scott Howard-Cooper.
Howard-Cooper reports that the Kings are focusing on trading away veteran players in exchange for “additional pieces of the reconstruction” in the form of draft picks and young players.
While it is believed some conversations have advanced beyond preliminary talks, it is not immediately clear whether any deals are imminent. One league source rated Sacramento’s interest level in making a move soon as “very high,” and said the new front office led by owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D’Alessandro has had discussions with several clubs in hopes of generating activity long before the Feb. 20 trade deadline.
Howard-Cooper names John Salmons, Marcus Thornton and Patrick Patterson as veterans who might be “of interest to playoff-bound teams looking for depth”. On the topic of Jimmer Fredette, the hottest name on the Kings trading block, Howard-Cooper says that the guard is known to be readily available but “would bring little in return”.
While Howard-Cooper doesn’t speculate on any potential trades Sacramento might be making, this report comes two days after Chad Ford of ESPN also reported on Sacramento’s desire to trade in his weekly tank rank article. Ford also said the Kings were interested in Minnesota forward Derrick Williams, the 2011 2nd overall selection.
Nothing here should be a massive surprise to Kings fans, as it has been well known for a while that the new management group was looking to shake the roster up. It is good to see the Kings are working on an accelerated time table, with trade talks in November, as opposed to the trading deadline in February. One interesting date for potential deals is December 15th, when free agents signed in the offseason can be traded.