OK, so we're 5 games in and it's time to fix the Kings. Malone may be able to coach defense, but with almost zero defensive players, there's only so much he can do. Small sample but SAC is at the bottom in rebounding, blocks, and defensive FG%, so it's time to pair Cousins with a down-low presence on defense: Larry Sanders.
Bucks are evidently pissed at Larry Sanders from some bar altercation and he's been terrible through 4 games and the Bucks are giving the minutes to Zaza and Ilyasova, plus they have John Henson, who is almost duplicating what Sanders does. Could be a "buy low" chance at Sanders... 1st in the NBA in combined boards/blocks/steals last year.
Combined Rbs/Blks/Stls ('12/'13)
1. Sanders 2. D. Howard 3. Noah 4. Ibaka 5. Duncan
Kings trade: Thornton, Thompson, 2014 1st rounder
Bucks trade: Sanders, Caron Butler
This trade fits the cap; perfectly legal under the new CBA. Works in ESPN trade machine and is fair according to Hollinger stats.
Bucks get: Two solid bench guys to enhance the 2nd unit and a 1st rounder. And clears room for front-court minutes to be occupied by Zaza, Ilyasov, Henson (and Udoh is about to return from injury.
Kings get: Twin towers Yin & Yang: big beefy offensive scorer in Cousins/freak athlete defensive stopper in Sanders, and upgrades the SF in Butler, Gets JT the eff out, and clears the back-court so minutes can be filled by IT/Vasquez/McLemore. And Butler is in the final year so if he doesn't work out, he walks and you sign another SF.
Would you do this if you were the Bucks? Kings?
Note: for those of you blaspheming this trade because SAC gives away it's 2014 first rounder, I have one question for you: How have SAC's 1st round picks truly helped the Kings get better, in all of the 30 years they've been in SAC? Webber (trade), Richmond (trade), Divac (FA), Bibby (trade), Christie(FA)?