The NBA Trade Deadline is just 6 days away and with the Kings now having their coaching search settled, it appears that their focus has once again turned back to the rosters. As Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports:
Now that new coach George Karl is in place in Sacramento, sources told Sporting News this week that the Kings have stepped up their focus on re-arranging the roster in order to bring in the type of athletic, versatile players that suit Karl's aggressive and up-tempo style of play.
Even before the hiring of Karl, the team has been shopping big man Jason Thompson, reserve forward Derrick Williams and-in lieu of a first-round pick-rookie Nik Stauskas.
Deveney mentions that the Kings are particularly focused on the Power Forward spot (a rumor we've heard before) and shooting, as the team is one of the worst at making three pointers in the league. Deveney mentioned a few specific targets that Sacramento could be interested in: Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova, Detroit's Jonas Jerebko, Denver's Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler, and Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson.
The rumor involving Milwaukee and Ilyasova is notable only because Milwaukee Bucks beat writer Gary Woelfel tweeted the following a couple days ago:
Bucks still being linked in trade rumors for Kings rookie guard Nik Stauskas.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 12, 2015
Milwaukee has a few players that Sacramento could be interested in, with a nice mix of shooting ability and length. Ilyasova could potentially offer both, but he hasn't been able to find the shooting stroke he displayed a few years ago when he was hitting 44% from three for two years straight. Instead, over the last two years, Ilyasova's shooting percentage from long range has dropped precipitously as he's dealt with several injuries. Given his sizeable contract, trading for him would be a risk.
Regardless, it would be very surprising to see the Kings remain quiet this deadline. This has been one of the most aggressive front offices in the NBA over the past year and a half, and while I wouldn't expect any blockbuster moves, there's plenty of opportunities to create some sort of change that could hopefully help this team in the long run.
Oh what's that? Goran Dragic might be available? Hmmm...