It’s been said the Sacramento Kings are ‘swinging for the fences’ in regards to potential trades and while the acquisition of Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller wouldn’t be a home run by any stretch, it would certainly be a solid double.
That’s why the Kings have been so persistent in their attempts to acquire the aging veteran and according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, have offered up either Marcus Thornton or Jimmer Fredette in exchange for Miller:
The Kings have offered Marcus Thornton and a future second-round pick as the framework of a deal for Miller, and have presented a package including Jimmer Fredette and a future second as an alternative, two people familiar with the scenarios said Wednesday. Those people familiar with the terms of those offers did not know the third scenario presented by Sacramento, but executives gathered here for the D-League Showcase surmised that it likely involves forward Jason Thompson.
Berger also goes on to suggest that executives at the NBA’s development league event believe the Kings are attempting to showcase Thornton, thus his recent start and increase in playing time.
Contractually, Miller is due $5 million dollars this season and comes with a non-guaranteed $4.6 million dollar contract for the 2014-15 season.
Thornton meanwhile is due just over $8 million this season with a fully guaranteed $8,575,000 for the 2014-15 season. Jimmer Fredette’s contract expires at season end and would require a second player in a deal to meet the NBA’s salary requirements for a trade.