I'm just going to jump right in here and give my 1 cents on trades that should happen. First let me just say, I try to look at all factors and make proposals that make sense, and i'll try to support my reasoning. This time of year has unfortunately become one of my most exciting times of the year, so I guess you can say I love when playoffs start, its an exhilerating time for Kings fans in negative circumstances. Anyway, cry me a river I'm juiced for the time being.
The Kings are in a transition period, were looking for a couple starters, ultimate role players that fit our needs, and 1 more star; we also have 2 players facing free agency and to me, one of them is a priority to the organization while the other is a beloved fan favorite who is really talented that can be replaced if his contract exceeds a certain number. I'm pretty sure you all know that I am referring to Aaron Gray and IT22, IT the one being replacable. The reason I say this is because comments management has made seem to indicate retaining Gay is more important, while there have been rumors by NBA writers suggesting we may be in the market for a pg dating back to the trade deadline. The draft pick is in a nice slot, but I don't think the players that are going to be available at 8 will be stars, so trading for young NBA players who still have potential and a later pick in the teens of this deep draft seems like a viable option. Considering this and our teams financial situation, here are some suggestions.
8th pick/Landry/JT to OKC for Jeremy Lamb/Perkins/21st pick.- I LOVE LAMB! This doesn't look too great for the Kings but I think Lamb is the perfect compliment to Gay and DMC. He can do it all on the court as a role player but is a really good 3 point shooter. He can dribble, pass and defend adequately at the 2 guard. Now Perk is a different story, I pretty much hate him but he does bring defense, toughness, rebounding, veteran leadership on the defensive end and the ugliest smerk ive ever seen. OKC would be interested because Perks contract would come off the books and let Adams take over, they get a scorer in the paint in Landry which they don't have, and the freaking 8th pick. I feel like I'm sort of undervalueing the 8th pick, and if any of you agree, I'd be more than happy to also demand Reggie Jackson.
8th pick/JT or D Will for Dennis Schrodom/15th pick/Demarre Carrol and a 2nd rounder. -Now I know if you think about it in terms of draft slot its a stupud suggestion, but Scroeder has a great game that would also fit this team, obviously he still has a lot to learn but he gets into the lane effortlessly, pass first, long rangy frame that could end up being a good defender, and can knock down an open shot. The 15the pick isn't that far away from the 8th in terms of talent available. Some mocks have players like Tyler Ennis, TJ Warren, Stauskas, Clint Capela, Zack Lavine, etc. All of whom have as much potential as the people who are going to be there around 8. It gives us insurance if IT bolts and would give us the chance to develop 2 young players instead of 1. ATL does it because this is the time they either look to improve getting a high pick who can contribute immediately, or blow it up. At 8 they can get a player like Vonleh, James Young or Dario Saric who can grow with their team and help them actually be a contender instead of just playoff fodder. They also get JT who can play center, and Scroeder is 3rd string, with Teague there set at pg. I LOVE SCHROEDOM!
JT for 2 tacos from Jack in the Box, a sealed bag of sand, and a K Ci & Jo Jo cd.
Now, I try to be practical in these proposals, we can always keep the pick and pick bpa, but the organization seems to be running thin on patience. I like the idea of picking up another young player with potential and a vet that fills a need. Those scenarios are sort of hard to come across, but they're out there. I know Houston has sone pieces that would look good on our team, so do the Grizzlies and the Bucks. A list of players I would target: Jeremy Lamb, Ed Davis, Ekpe Udoh, Brandon Wright, Courtney Lee, John Henson, Ramon Sessions, Avery Bradley. These are all players I think are a little undervalued and under-utilized by their teams that could shore up some of our weaknesses and get on bargain deals. if we kept the 8th pick, a few players that I like are Tyler Ennis, Marcus Smart, and Aaron Gordon. I'll be straight up, I love Isaiah Thomas but if he gets too expensive I dont think hell be here, thats part of the reason why i've mentioned quite a few pgs. If we don't resign him, we could use the midlevel exception and go after someone like Ed Davis. kill 2 birds with obe stobe my friends. Lets get this show back on the road and get this show back on the road.