Best trades in Sacramento Kings history: Brad Miller becomes the heart of the team
For the five and a half seasons Brad Miller played in Sacramento, few players could embody the spirit of the city quite like him. Miller earned an All-Star team selection in his first season with the team and only improved from there. Across the 385 games he played with the team, Miller averaged 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Miller was there for the final three Rick Adelman led playoff appearances, and also helped sail the team off into the sunset after Adelman left the team.
It’s worth noting that the Kings actually also sent Hedo Turkoglu off to San Antonio in this trade, where he enjoyed quite a successful career in his own right. It’s fair to say peak Turkoglu was a better player than Miller, but Brad certainly had him beat in terms of longevity and his peak matching up better with the Kings’ window of contention.
- Sacramento received: 39.5 future win shares
- Indiana received: 5.4 future win shares
Believe it or not, the Kings have only ever made two trades in franchise history with the Los Angeles Clippers. Of those two, only one was a real trade with actual consequences. In 1986, the Kings swapped Larry Drew, Mike Woodson, and a first-round pick that would become All-Star Hersey Hawkins for three objectively worse players Junior in Bridgeman, Franklin Edwards, and Derek Smith. I guess that means this inconsequential trade is technically the “best” ever made with the Clippers, despite the fact the Kings immediately waived Mfiondu Kabengele.
- Sacramento received: 0.0 future win shares
- LA received: 0.0 future win shares