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Jason Terry Trade Gives Sacramento Kings Much-Needed Leadership

Sacramento Kings Jason Terry

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It’s never been about whether or not the Sacramento Kings could score; it was always whether the Kings could play smart enough basketball to win close games. So far they haven’t. With a roster that is sixth youngest in the NBA according to Elias Sports Bureau, ownership was tired of the growing pains. It was time for Sacramento to address the issue head on. Wednesday they did just that.

The Kings have apparently reached an agreement with the Brooklyn Nets that sends guard Marcus Thornton to the Eastern Conference in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. Thornton has played well recently but has struggled to find a rhythm all season. With a new front office in place Thornton was a lame duck holdover from the previous ownership and a target given his nightly effort. Getting Terry and Evans in return is a boon for a team that desperately lacks an identity and basketball acumen.

While the additions won’t get Sacramento into any kind of playoff talk, the trade should spark the team to play with more toughness and intelligence in the closing minutes. The Kings have thrown away dozens of games in the first half of the season by making the mistakes young teams make. There’s no reason why this team should be the worst in the Western Conference, but that’s exactly where the Kings find themselves.

It’s safe to say the help can’t come fast enough. Terry and Evans likely won’t suit up for the Kings’ first game back following the All-Star break, but look for them to join the team shortly and they could be available Saturday for the Kings’ game against the Boston Celtics. On paper this isn’t a sexy trade, but that’s fine; the trade adds veteran help and could also be a precursor to a subsequent trade — possibly involving Jimmer Fredette.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings columnist for Rant Sports For More Sacramento Kings News “Like” his page on Facebook Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem  Or add him to your network on Google+.