What Are Sacramento Kings Looking to Achieve with Early-Season Moves?
There’s little doubt that the Sacramento Kings are a very aggressive team this season under their new ownership.
Vivek Ranadive has already stated that he won’t stop looking to upgrade the roster, and after completing a move to acquire forward Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Kings added another quality player in Rudy Gay who arrived to the Kings together with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy from the Toronto Raptors. In return, Toronto received John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.
While the Kings haven’t got off to a solid start in the Western Conference, it’s clear that they’re trying to upgrade the roster with as many young players as possible. Acy and Gray aren’t expected to have a big role in their new organization, and it’s clear that Gay is the prized player in the transaction.
Gay can be either used in the three-role or even as a stretch four, something that would allow DeMarcus Cousins even more space to operate freely inside the paint. He can manage the offense, create his own shot and distribute easily, so he is definitively an upgrade over what the Kings had in their roster offensively.
Another player benefited with the trade is Isaiah Thomas. The small PG will take over the starting role as the team’s floor general with Vasquez’s departure in an attempt to not only go younger, but also to see if he can a core piece moving forward.
It’s clear that the Kings are looking to move back towards respectability in a stacked Western Conference. The addition of Gay is a step in the right direction, but the Kings need to keep making moves if they want to achieve something this year.