News of the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons discussing a trade involving Josh Smith shocked many, though, such a move may be part of a larger plan which includes the Kings acquiring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
Yes, while the rumored moves sound like somebody got carried away making video game trades, it appears to be the thought process of the Kings – at least according to Marc Stein of ESPN – who says the Kings are looking to acquire Smith to place alongside good friend, Rajon Rondo.
No word deal is imminent (yet) but Sacramento's well-known fondness for Rajon Rondo would help explain Kings' interest in his buddy JSmoove
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 24, 2014
While many may balk at acquiring Smith, they’d likely be much more happy if that move lead to Sacramento acquiring Rondo from the Celtics.
Of course, at that point it comes down to available assets. Assuming players like Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams would be shipped to Detroit, as Stein suggests, that leaves the Kings with their No. 8 draft pick and potentially Ben McLemore and/or Isaiah Thomas.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Kings being interested in Rondo, though it does appear to be the first time that there may actually be a possibility of such a move.
Of course, as we’ve seen before, when you get too many hands in the cookie jar and a significant amount of parts are rumored to be on the move, trades often hit road blocks. Still, if the rumors prove to be true, it would certainly change the landscape of Sacramento Kings basketball.