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Report: Kings Aggressively Pursuing Trades

The Sacramento Kings are pushing hard for potential trades, according to a report by 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.

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  • IDK02

    The Kings are aggressively trying to move and trade for players, lol, well good luck. I cannot imagine any team wanting any of our veteran players, really, unless they throw in IT or a team wants to tank. The Kings only have two keepers, Cousins and McLemore.

  • Flambe86

    Kings, home of the broke veterans. Whatever you do, please keep John Salmons. He really is the backbone to our organization. We would be lost without his 30% FG shooting, and hogging up space and shots. Trust in the organization. They will continue to start him and give him the most minutes on the roster. Just trust in them! GO KINGS!

  • Flambe86

    Why don’t kings have any standards when they bring in personnel? We are a group of mediocre talent. The only players we can get who are truly talented are through draft picks. Every year, we get closer to that talent wanting to leave. Stop bringing in mediocre players like Landry and bring in some stars. These poor kings fans have wasted enough of their money buying tickets to games that showcase subpar talent. We demand BETTER

    • Bryant West

      I wish it was that easy to bring in stars! Regardless, I think it’s a bit early to get too upset with new management. They tried to bring in the first star FA to Sacramento (Iggy) since Vlade, and it’s far too early to say the Landry signing was bad. Plus, it wasn’t their fault on the previous management and their “standards on personnel”.

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