At first glance, it doesn’t make much sense for the Sacramento Kings to trade for Derrick Williams, but ESPN’s Chad Ford mentioned the Kings were interested in a recent chat. The Kings have a glut at power forward with Jason Thompson, Patrick Patterson, Carl Landry and Chuck Hayes. The deal, however, would likely include one of the Kings’ veteran big men heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where they desperately need an experienced big behind Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic.
The Kings have an intriguing group of young players at their core, and Williams could provide them with another building block at a relatively cheap price. The troubled forward, who was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft, would likely fit better somewhere where he can log heavy minutes and play his own style. A frontcourt of Demarcus Cousins and Williams could be interesting, but it could also easily result in disaster, though, it’d be hard for the Kings to get much worse.
It seems like a relatively low-risk move for the Kings, as they’d receive a young player with huge upside for an aging role-player in Hayes or an average player who has likely hit his ceiling in Thompson. Other players may be thrown in as well, as both teams have some pieces they’re not really using like Jimmer Fridette and Alexey Shved, but Williams and either Hayes and Thompson figure to be the key players involved.
Williams has been playing a career low amount of minutes so far this season, so it’s clear coach Rick Adelman doesn’t have Williams in his long-term plans. His name has been mentioned in trade rumors since his rookie year, and this may finally be the year he gets moved. This must be disappointing for the Timberwolves who could have received much more for Williams the past two years, but they look good this year, and could use bench players more than Williams’ potential as they push for the playoffs.