Rim protectors that could improve the Kings interior defense: No .1 Mason Plumlee
Last on our list is Mason Plumlee, another veteran center who would be a pretty solid depth piece for the Kings. He’s hovered around one block per game for most of his career but has always been known as a solid defender and good rebounder.
This is another potential low-risk high reward move that the Kings could make before the playoff push. The Hornets have been reportedly shopping the veteran in order to make room for some of the younger players on the roster, so him being traded or bought out is almost certainly going to happen. I doubt it takes anything more than Holmes and a pick to move Plumlee, as he seems to move around the league quite a bit.
He’s on an expiring contract and would certainly be an upgrade in the rebounding department, where the Kings currently sit 25th in total team rebounds. Plumlee is having a great year in rebounding and scoring, as he’s put-up career highs in both up to this point.
Another thing he would bring is an ability to keep the style of play somewhat similar when he is on the floor for Sabonis. No, he is not the playmaker Sabonis is, but he is a pretty good passer in his own right.
Plumlee is averaging over 3.5 assists per game this season on a bad Charlotte team. He could continue his distributing ways on a much better outside-shooting Kings team. Plumlee would likely come in very motivated as well as he is set to hit the open market this offseason.