Was reading the several NBA rumor websites that report the likelihood of Rudy Fernandez of Portland and Xavier Henry of Memphis may be traded because of playing time and/or contracts. Since I believe that the Kings could use either one of these two young guards to pair up with Tyreke Evans, I began wondering what the Kings could offer that would interest either team to trade their SGs.
When I look at Portland's current roster, I see why Rudy Fernandez is complaining about playing time. Playing behind Brandon Roy is definately going to affect what minutes are available. They sign W. Matthews for 4 times the amount of money they are paying R. Fernandez and then draft a combo guard in Williams and a SF in Babbit which takes mins out of the SF spot that Fernandez might have been able to fill.
In Memphis, they still have not signed their first round (#12) SG Xavier Henry. Apparently, management isn't willing to pay him the 120% rookie rate (which comes out to being about an addition $300,000) and Henry is filling disrespected and not willing to trust management. Plus, he is going to only be picking up minutes playing behind OJ Mayo. Not the idea environment a talented rookie wants to start his career at.
The other thing that both of these team's roster are lacking is a backup PF. Portland has L. Aldridge and Memphis has Z. Randolph holding those positions but no dependable talent to serve as their backups. Since both Portland's roster and Z. Randolph have a history of injuries, I would think that these teams would give the Kings pretty good value back for Jason Thompson and Carl Landry.
So, would the Kings be willing to tade Landry for Fernandez + late 1st round pick? Jason Thompson for Xavier Henry + 2nd round pick? I am not sure if contracts is an issue with Landry and Thompson both making more than Fernandez is and what Henry should sign for.
Also, this would also create more minutes for Whiteside to be on the court and mature as a player.