Yesterday we took a look at some of the worst trades in Kings history, and boy was it a doozy. After that we need a little bit of a palate cleanser, so how about we take a look at something good for a change and figure out the best trade in Kings history.
1989: Kings trade LaSalle Thompson and Randy Wittman to the Indiana Pacers for Wayman Tisdale and a 1990 2nd round pick
LaSalle “Tank” Thompson was a solid starting center for the Kings but Tisdale was a legitimate star for the Kings. He ended up averaging 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five and a half seasons for Sacramento, and the Kings got a 2nd round pick to boot (that pick, Bimbo Coles, was traded to Miami for Rory Sparrow).
1991: Kings trade Travis Mays to the Atlanta Hawks for Spud Webb and a 1994 2nd round pick
This isn’t a spectacular trade and it probably only worked out for the Kings because of a freak injury to Mays. Mays had a very solid rookie year, averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds for the Kings. However he ruptured both tendons in his right ankle just two games into his stint with the Hawks and never recovered, playing just one more season before retiring. Webb ended up playing four seasons in Sacramento as the starting PG, although he didn’t particularly enjoy his stint here as he was the one to famously greet Mitch Richmond to town by saying “Welcome to Hell”.
1991: Kings trade Billy Owens to the Golden State Warriors for Mitch Richmond, Les Jepsen and a 1995 2nd round pick
This was one of the defining trades of the Kings franchise. Billy Owens didn’t want to play for the Kings and somehow the Kings managed to convince the Warriors to part ways with Mitch Richmond, a 25 year old third year player who hadn’t averaged less than 22 points a game at that point. Owens had a solid career but never lived up to his pre-draft hype where he drew comparisons to Magic Johnson. Richmond ended up making 6 straight All-Star appearances as a King, led the team to the playoffs in in 1996, got his jersey hung in the rafters and made the Hall of Fame. Not bad.
1998: Kings trade Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber
Not only was Richmond part of one of the best trades in Sacramento history coming into Sacramento, he was part of one of the best going out. The Kings traded Richmond after his prime for a player in Webber who was just entering his. Webber had a troubled history and didn’t want to come to Sacramento, but he quickly warmed up to it and became the centerpiece of the most exciting team in the NBA. Webber was the best player on the best teams the Kings ever had.
2000: Kings trade Corliss Williamson to the Toronto Raptors for Doug Christie
Another Geoff Petrie special, he traded the solid and reliable Corliss Williamson to Toronto for Doug Christie to both shore up a weakness at Shooting Guard and also open up playing time for Peja Stojakovic as the new starting Small Forward. Christie ended up as one of Sacramento’s primary ballhandlers and go-to defensive stopper and Peja flourished with more opportunity. Williamson ended up having a great career himself, but Toronto saw little of that as they traded him to Detroit (where he ended up winning a title and becoming 6th man of the year).
2001: Kings trade Nick Anderson and Jason Williams to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Bibby and Brent Price.
Jason Williams helped put the Kings on the map, but this trade gave the Kings substance over style. Bibby was far more efficient and was perhaps the most clutch player to ever put on a Kings uniform. He hit perhaps the biggest shot in Kings history and put the Kings the closest they’ve ever been to the NBA finals. Williams helped to put butts in seats as the Grizzlies had just moved to Memphis but wasn’t able to find success until he went to Miami where he won an NBA championship in 2006.
2013: Kings trade Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, and Greivis Vasquez to the Toronto Raptors for Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray
This was one of the few times where the Kings were actually providing salary relief to another team for their overpaid star. The best part was that the contracts the Kings gave up were pretty bad themselves and Rudy Gay went from an inefficient ballhog to playing some of the best basketball of his career. This trade worked out well for both teams, as Gay’s absence allowed Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to spread their wings.
2016: Kings trade 8th pick (Marquese Chriss) to the Phoenix Suns for the 13th pick (Georgios Papagiannis), 28th pick (Skal Labissiere), a 2020 2nd round pick and the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic.
This one is still up in the air of course, but on the surface, I still think it looks pretty good. Of course, this all depends on how these players develop. Chriss showed some flashes last year, but so did Skal. Bogdan is killing it in Europe but he’s a complete unknown. Still, this is a rare trade for the Kings where they took one asset and leveraged it into many that actually helped the team.
So there you have it, the 8 best trades in Sacramento Kings history. Which one do you think was best?
What’s the best trade in Kings history?
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The Wayman Tisdale trade
The Spud Webb trade
The Mitch Richmond trade
The Chris Webber trade
The Doug Christie trade
The Mike Bibby trade
The Rudy Gay trade
The multiple picks trade