The Nuggets are a team built little through the draft mostly through good trades, including a lot of other team castoffs. The Kings are a team built mostly through the draft and bad trades of other team's castoffs.
Trades: Danilo Gallinari, Javale McGee (came packaged for Nene), Andre Iguodala (aquired for essentially Aaron Afflalo, Corey Brewer (traded with Rudy Ferndandez for a future SECOND rounder!) Andre Miller (acquired with THE Jordan Hamilton who killed the Kings tonight for Raymond Felton), Kosta Kufos (Filler from Minny as part of the Camelo trade).
My point is...this highly competitive team without a true All-star is built from the ground up via savvy front office moves and little to do with free agency money. George Karl has too be given a ton....and I mean, a ton of credit for this team. He is a perfect example of the haves and have-nots of coaching. The Kings fall into the later. For all of you saying, "Yeah, but they had Carmelo and traded him for pieces..." I know, but it is not an excuse for Kings recent comparative actions.
My conclusion is that the Kings have pieces too. The rebuild has failed, no one can argue that. It is time to cash in the blue chips and start over...and I mean completely start over. I'm sorry but Petrie has to go. This Nuggets team is a glaring example of his ineptitude of his past few years. Cousins? Evans? Outalw? No one is untouchable.
Orlando, Denver, and New Orleans are recent examples of "letting it ride" on complete rebuild implosion. Petrie has traded contracts for future cap relief. It is now time to trade talent (all be it little) for future competitiveness. Competitiveness is something this team hasn't had in 7 years. Why not strive for that? Oh...and FTM. Shit Rolls Down Hill.