At 5-13, the Sacramento Kings haven’t exactly had much to talk about. But with it’s five-player deal that brings Rudy Gay in to help, Sacramento is much improved on offense and as a franchise. The team sent three reserves and one starter (Greivis Vasquez) to the Toronto Raptors for salaries that will likely be dumped in the offseason.
Gay is a solid addition to the team and should help the team finish games, something the Kings have failed to do this season. Even though Sacramento is below .500, they now have the veteran presence that they need and help on the wing which they desperately lacked all season. The move also catapults Isaiah Thomas back to starter, which may put an end to the sixth-man campaign he was staging thus far.
As the top scoring guard off the bench, Thomas now gets to run the offense full-time and should have a much easier time doing so with Gay on the wing.
The move also solidifies the Kings’ front line as the team looks to feature a rotation of Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams to complement DeMarcus Cousins in the paint. More importantly, this shows you what a difference a year makes. A year ago, this team wasn’t even certain if it would be playing basketball in Sacramento, much less land a superstar like Rudy Gay; but with a new ownership group and a team that has showed signs of life, it gives the fanbase hope that those dark Maloof days are finally gone.
While the trade still has the Kings on the outside looking in, I expect head coach Michael Malone to get a much more disciplined effort out of this team as the season progresses.