Nov 19, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns shooting guard Goran Dragic (1) after being called for a foul against the Sacramento Kings during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: How real is Kings interest in Suns point guard Goran Dragic?

The Sacramento Kings certainly need a backup point guard – there’s no doubt about that. Jimmer Fredette (while I believe he has a role, it’s not as a one guard) isn’t going to work. Marcus Thornton? Maybe only in an emergency situation. Ray McCallum? Possibly down the road. Clearly, the Kings need somebody to run the point off the bench, which is likely why ESPN’s Chad Ford hinted the Kings have trade interest in Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic:

Not sure the Suns front office knows what to make of all of this. The plan was to tank. They thought they were fielding a roster that couldn’t win. It’s not like they are playing a bunch of savvy veterans. Eric Bledsoe is a big part of their future, so he’s staying. Think everyone else on the team is available. Dragic is the most likely to go. Here the Kings have some interest there.

While I wouldn’t doubt some potential interest from the Kings, there’s a few things that would raise an eyebrow here. First? Ford’s trade rumors are about as accurate as a 27-footer from John Salmons. Second, Dragic isn’t exactly ‘backup’ material. Now, are the Kings looking at Dragic as a starting point guard? Anything is possible, I guess, though I’m not sure how one would yank that role from Isaiah Thomas. Third? What exactly do the Kings have that Phoenix would want, especially being in the same division? Dragic isn’t coming cheaply and the Kings don’t have a ton of valuable pieces they’d be willing to move. Would they trade Marcus Thornton or Jason Thompson for Dragic? You’d certainly think so, but that doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense for Phoenix – especially given Dragic is signed through the 2014-15 season with a player option in 2015-16 – both for $7.5 million dollars, which is relatively team friendly and cheaper than both Thompson and Thornton. Stranger things have happened, but if there is any true interest, a trade between the two clubs would likely need a third team involved. I’m not holding my breath.

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