Target #2: Robert Williams III
When Williams is on the court, he’s one of the best defenders in the NBA. Timelord is an incredible rim protector who’s mobile enough to hold his own in pick-and-roll defense. He’s truly a one-man wrecking crew. On the other side of the court, he’s a great lob catcher and an underrated passer.
Of course, the issue with Williams is you’re never sure exactly how long he’s going to be on the court. After appearing in a career-high 61 games in 2021-2022, he only played 35 games last season. Celtics fans would hold their breath every time he jumped. Frankly, it’s not an experience for the faint of heart.
But the upside for Sacramento has to be tantalizing. Slotting Williams in next to Sabonis would strengthen the Kings’ defense immediately. You could also have Williams come off the bench as a backup to Sabonis. Either way, 25-30 minutes a night from Williams might single-handedly boost the Kings’ defensive rating by a few points.
It’s unclear if Portland plans on keeping Williams. Maybe they’re looking to build an old-school frontcourt by pairing Williams alongside DeAndre Ayton. Or maybe they want to keep Williams fresh by having him serve as a backup to Ayton.
But in the event they’re looking to start fresh around Ayton and Scoot Henderson, and are looking to move RWIII, the Kings should get involved. The price tag here should not include Murray.
Maybe they throw together a package similar to the one that landed Chris Duarte? Again, I’m no salary cap genius. But the Kings own Portland’s own 2nd Rounder in the 2025 Draft. Maybe the Trail Blazers will want their own pick back so badly that they’d be willing to cut a deal.