When you’re in a small-market like Sacramento, you have to get creative on draft day. Often times, you acquire help via the trade machine. Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro said the team would be aggressive in looking for help this season. Well, D’Alessandro is no liar. His first move was trading for Derrick Williams, which was a gentle whimper. His latest move, however, has much more bite. According to Yahoo Sports and HoopsWorld, the Sacramento Kings have made a deal with the Toronto Raptors that would send Rudy Gay to Sacramento in exchange for four players.
According to the deal, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes would be sent from the Kings for the aforementioned Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. This deal would bolster the Kings’ starting lineup by adding a deep threat on the wing, and also frees up minutes for backup Isaiah Thomas, who should have been starting all along. Vazquez started all 18 games this season, but has been outplayed by the smaller Thomas.
The deal frees up minutes for reserve rookie Ray McCallum and gives Sacramento a lethal combination between Gay and Ben McLemore, who is also thriving for the Kings. The team has also maintained that they are actively shopping Jimmer Fredette as well. So, it seems like the Kings are making good on their promise to stay active behind the scenes to improve the team.
A deal of this magnitude does not propel the Kings into title contenders by any means, but it’s a clear sign that this new ownership is turning things around and making smart moves in order to encourage other top talent to migrate to California’s capital.