The Sacramento Kings have traded away Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes to acquire Aaron Gray, Quincy Acy and Rudy Gay.
Despite how much money the Kings will be paying the guard (including a $19.3 million player option after this year), I love the dedication by Pete D’Allessandro, the Kings’ new GM. D’Allessandro and the entire Kings ownership wants to win right now without wasting any time, which is incredibly refreshing after the Maloof dictatorship era.
This should be welcomed by Kings fans that don’t want to have to gamble on a lottery pick and are tired of deferred success. With DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas and now Gay, the Kings have a much better starting line who can all create and score.
Gay is a proven all-around scorer who will help take some of the offensive burden off Cousins, who leads the team in points, rebounds and blocks. Thomas will most likely start now, and the Kings should have Jimmer Freddette and Marcus Thornton as offensive spark-plugs coming off the bench.
Offensively, this move should make the Kings a much more explosive offensive team. It is about time that Cousins was accompanied by an All-Star. Another important part of this trade is that the Kings have added to their allure. Sacramento will be a more enticing destination for players around the league.
No matter how pessimistically you look at this trade, the Kings have gotten better. Although Gay’s tenure with the Toronto Raptors was not extremely productive and saw his points per game and shooting percentage drop, Toronto ran a much different offense than his former Memphis Grizzlies team. In Sacramento, Cousins can suck defenses into the paint as Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol did for him in Memphis, and take some of the defensive focus off of Gay.
With a fresh start on a young and talented squad, Gay should be rejuvenated and ready to work.
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