The Sacramento Kings have a payroll worthy of a 48-win team, however, their current roster construction would likely be lucky to break 35-wins. Knowing that, the Kings are looking to the trade market to not only fill some needs (like interior defense) but also to move a power forward.
When the Sacramento Kings signed Carl Landry last season, most felt that may have ended the tenure of Jason Thompson. However with Landry’s injury, Thompson was needed and the Kings likely weren’t finding much success in whatever trade efforts they made. But with Landry now healthy, that gives Sacramento the option to make a move.
Of course, the return will be questionable, but that hasn’t stopped the Kings from dipping into the trade market according to Jason Jones.
The contracts of both Thompson and Landry run through the 2016-17 seasons, though Thompson does have a buyout option in the final year of his deal. He also has a $400,000 dollar trade kicker in his contract.
Despite the money still owed to both players, it seems increasingly likely that in the months moving forward, the Sacramento Kings are going to make a move. Who that’s going to include is an unknown, but the front office certainly has a log jam on their hands and one they need to alleviate if they’re going to field a more balanced roster.