Sacramento Kings: 5 Players Who Should Be On Trading Block
Five Sacramento Kings Who Should Be Dealt For Black Friday
It's estimated Americans will fork over $600 billion trampling each other while shopping on Black Friday. With some of the biggest deals of the year enticing shoppers nationwide, it's clearly the biggest day of the year for retailers. In the shopping universe of the NBA, some owners could benefit from making some Black Friday deals of their own with some of their players.
With the recent acquisition of Derrick Williams complete, the Sacramento Kings may need to revisit the drawing board and work the phones to set up some follow-up trades. Williams was brought in mainly because Rick Adelman and the Minnesota Timberwolves ran out of patience. This Sacramento team -- and coach -- have plenty of time to coax some potential out of the young fella. It's a win for both teams, but especially for Sacramento. However, this trade alone won't improve the team's 4-9 record.
For one, this team is loaded with power forwards. It was already jammed and now the forward spot has its own rotation. The Kings now have four active players at the power forward spot, not to mention a jumbled backcourt that includes newly recalled Ray McCallum, who spent less than a week with the Reno Bighorns. I have a feeling that call-up may be a preemptive move that could lead to a trade possibly involving some of those oft-used guards.
That means Jimmer Fredette, who had his name attached to trade rumors months ago, could be next. But this is not all on Jimmer. Here's a look at five Kings who should be dealt in some Black Friday trade deals.
Marcus Thornton has failed to recover his shooting touch from last year even though he has been given ample time to ease back into things following his offseason personal issues. Thornton has been replaced by Jimmer Fredette in the rotation and there's really no telling what the Kings will do with their highest paid player. A trade for Thornton to get some immediate help would be much better than an expensive bench player who isn't contributing.
Jason Thompson has underwhelmed this season. He was given a fresh start under coach Mike Malone but has failed to gain more minutes even as the team gave him multiple chances while Carl Landry recovers from surgery. Thompson was drafted by former general manager Geoff Petrie. You have to figure Pete D'Alessandro, who runs the show now, has seen just about enough out of Thompson to know what he wants to do moving forward. That should involve a trade.
Chuck Hayes was brought in for help at the forward spot as well as providing veteran leadership. This team would be better of with a younger stronger option down low. Hayes' conditioning is a huge reason the Kings bench fails to create space between themselves and opponents. Though Hayes is not being counted on to shoulder the load, a trade for a younger piece or draft pick is a much better option.
With Ben McLemore playing well in his rookie year and Derrick Williams likely to see some time at small forward, no one becomes more expendable than 33-year-old veteran John Salmons. He has not impressed this season; his five points per game are atrocious as is the $7 million paycheck he will receive this year. The Kings could do much better with anyone in return for Salmons and his expiring contract.
Jimmer Fredette has been knocked by every scout, pundit, talking head, coach and general manager for being one-dimensional. The three-point shooting is mainly why Jimmer still has a job in the league and also why a deal involving him could net the Kings someone who is a part of the team's future. Even though Fredette has moved ahead of Marcus Thornton in the Kings rotation, I believed all along that the team wants to shop him to the first team that kicks the tires looking for some perimeter shooting.