Best trades in Sacramento Kings history: Trial and error is the moral of the story
Let’s be honest, with their injury history, comparing Harry Giles to Zach Collins is essentially a wash. Both have had very promising spurts of action, ultimately compromised by injuries and their inability to put together a full season. I still think both could become quality players in the league, but neither has a track record that inspires any confidence.
It was actually Justin Jackson that ended up making this deal a steal for Sacramento, not the two high-profile prospects. Jackson was the young player sent to Dallas in the Harrison Barnes trade, and it’s very clear to see now that Barnes is significantly better than any other player in this discussion. Sacramento is now home to the quality veteran while the Trail Blazers have failed to re-sign or replace Collins, and Dallas floundered during their big free agency opportunity.
- Sacramento received: 5.1 future win shares
- Portland received: 3.9 future win shares
This three-team was mentioned earlier, and I’d like to revisit it in large part due to the fact San Antonio decided not to retain Hedo Turkoglu. When looking back at those Tim Duncan era Spurs, it’s hard to picture a guy who would fit in with that culture better than Turkoglu. Given the chance to play more minutes than ever before, Turkoglu shined as a complementary player. He eventually won the starting role, where he’d post 10.8 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 44.5 percent from deep.
Had the Spurs opted to re-sign him and given Hedo the chance to develop into the player he’d soon become, they would have been even more dangerous. Instead, they lost him for nothing while the Kings enjoyed Brad Miller’s low post presence for years.
- Sacramento received: 39.5 future win shares
- San Antonio received: 7.1 future win shares