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Assessing the Kings biggest needs at the trade deadline

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The 2015 NBA Trade Deadline is a little over two weeks away (Feb. 19th to be exact) and the Kings have a lot of holes to fill.  Unlike last year where the Kings were exceedingly active even before the trade deadline, Sacramento has yet to make a roster change.  That's probably going to change in the next couple of weeks given how much the team has been struggling.

The Kings have many needs, and I've taken the liberty of breaking them down into a few categories, as well as possibly eligible players that could fulfill those needs (note that listing of said players is not an endorsement).

1. 3 Point Shooting

The Kings are an awful three point shooting team.  They are 29th in makes and attempts and just 23rd in percentage.  Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore are Sacramento's only real outside shooters, and none of those guys is shooting them at a percentage you would call "great".  With an interior presence like DeMarcus Cousins, having a consistent three point threat to spread the floor is almost a necessity.  The following players all could be available and would all help add a more reliable outside threat for Sacramento:

  • Milwaukee's Jared Dudley (.416 3P%), 2 years, $4.25 million
  • Milwaukee's Khris Middleton (.442 3P%), 1 year, $915,000
  • Los Angeles' Matt Barnes (.384 3P%), 2 years, $3.4 million
  • Chicago's Aaron Brooks (.457 3P%), 1 year, $915,000
  • Brooklyn's Deron Williams (.389 3P%), 3 years, $19.7 million
  • Miami's Shawne Williams (.395 3P%), 2 years, $1.2 million
  • Indiana's C.J. Watson (.382 3P%), 1 year, $2.1 million
  • Portland's Meyers Leonard (.447 3P%), 2 years, $2.3 million
  • Orlando's Channing Frye (.395 3P%), 4 years, $8.6 million
  • Los Angeles' Nick Young (.390 3P%), 4 years, $4.9 million
  • New Orleans' Eric Gordon (.409 3P%), 2 years, $14.8 million
  • Portland's Dorell Wright (.421 3P%), 1 year, $3 million
  • New York's Jose Calderon (.415 3P%), 3 years, $7.1 million
  • Minnesota's Kevin Martin (.431 3P%), 3 years, $6.8 million
  • Houston's Isaiah Canaan (.386 3P%), 2 years, $816,000
  • Dallas' Charlie Villanueva (.396 3P%), 1 year, $915,000
  • Orlando's Luke Ridnour (.387 3P%), 2 years, $2.75 million
  • Atlanta's Kent Bazemore (.386 3P%), 2 years, $2 million

2. Stretch Four / Rim Protector

Jason Thompson has been good this season but it's no secret that the Kings don't consider him the long-term frontcourt partner for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.  Thompson is probably more suited as a bench roleplayer, but out of necessity he's starting on this team.  Ideally the Kings are looking for a stretch four or a rim protector to partner with Cousins and Gay.  Thompson is good at what he does, but he fits neither of those categories.  These guys fit at least one:

  • Atlanta's Mike Scott, 3 years, $3.3 million
  • Boston's Kelly Olynyk, 3 years, $2.08 million
  • Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo, 1 year, $3.9 million
  • Chicago's Doug McDermott, 4 years, $2.3 million
  • Chicago's Taj Gibson, 3 years, $8 million
  • Detroit's Jonas Jerebko, 1 year, $4.5 million
  • Indiana's Roy Hibbert, 2 years, $14.9 million
  • Milwaukee's John Henson, 2 years, $1.9 million
  • Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova, 3 years, $7.9 million
  • New York's Andrea Bargnani, 1 year, $11.5 million
  • Toronto's Patrick Patterson, 3 years, $5.8 million
  • Denver's Javale McGee, 2 years, $11.25 million
  • Houston's Terrence Jones, 2 years, $1.6 million
  • Los Angeles' Spencer Hawes, 4 years, $5.3 million
  • Memphis' Kosta Koufos, 1 year, $3 million
  • Minnesota's Thaddeus Young, 2 years, $9.2 million
  • New Orleans' Ryan Anderson, 2 years, $8.4 million
  • Oklahoma City's Perry Jones III, 2 years, $1.1 million
  • Phoenix's Miles Plumlee, 2 years, $1.1 million

3. Depth

More than perhaps anything, the Kings need reliable depth. While it's been widely documented that the Kings starters perform very well, Sacramento's bench is atrocious.  The only consistent contributor has been Carl Landry, and Omri Casspi would probably be on the list too if not for some injuries and weird rotation decisions.  Rookie Nik Stauskas hasn't been able to contribute much, the Kings are getting less than nothing from their backup PGs, and the bench bigs aside from Landry are a hodgepodge of one-dimensional roleplayers.  The Kings bench is so bad that I'm not even going to bother listing potential upgrades because at this point almost anything would be an upgrade.

4. A real Coach

Probably not happening until the offseason, but it's definitely a big need.  This team clearly doesn't believe in Tyrone Corbin as their leader, and Corbin's not doing much to help himself on that end.


Pete D'Alessandro certainly has his work cut out for him over the next couple of weeks.  The Kings don't have the assets to pull off another Rudy Gay type move, but there is room for minor moves that can improve the roster.  It will be very interesting to see what happens, and I'm sure that something will happen, because the status quo needs to be changed.