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Report: Kings “aggressively” looking to trade veterans to accelerate rebuild

Nov 20, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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While most teams are feeling out deals and moving patiently with their big trade chips to see how the market shakes out — see the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets as examples 1A and 1B — the new regime in Sacramento is feeling a little more impatient.

They have veterans available and they are looking to make moves sooner rather than later to shed them for pieces that can help the rebuilding effort, reports Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com.

The Kings (3-7) have several veterans that could be of interest to playoff-bound teams looking for depth, although some of those players have sizable guaranteed contracts. John Salmons just lost his starting job at small forward, as did shooting guard Marcus Thornton and power forward Patrick Patterson.

The Kings are looking for young players or draft picks in return as additional pieces of the reconstruction that centers on DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore and their own pick, destined for the lottery, in the loaded 2014 draft.

The reality of the Kings situation was apparently driven home to the front office with the recent five-game losing streak (which was snapped against Phoenix Tuesday thanks to the Kings’ bench and Cousins). The Kings are going young and they want to do it sooner rather than later.

The problem is, what they are asking for is what nearly every team looking to move a veteran is looking for — picks and young players are what you need to give up to get Kenneth Faried out of Denver or Thaddeus Young out of Philly or Jameer Nelson out of Orlando, and the list goes on.

Thing is, teams aren’t yet ready to give up much for a Salmons or Thornton.

Then there is Kings’ reserve Jimmer Fredette. There are still plenty of fans out there who think the problem is Fredette just hasn’t gotten a chance — he can bring “Jimmermania” to the NBA if he was in the right setting or not being held back by a coach or whatever other excuse they have.

The Sacramento Kings are not in that group — they are in the reality-based camp where they see a guy who can come off the bench and knock down threes but isn’t the point guard he thinks he is, can’t really create good shots at the NBA level and is a defensive liability.

That’s what the rest of the NBA sees as well, according to the report.

Fredette is widely known to be available after the decision in October to decline his option for next season. But the third-year guard, mostly out of the rotation, would bring little in return. One executive was asked if Fredette could bring as much as a pick late in the 2014 first round and said, “Not this year.” The Kings could try to package him as part of another deal, but they won’t take on a bad contract or another player unable to make an impact with a longer contract. Letting him walk as a free agent in the summer could turn out to be the best plan.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    In other words the Kings are officially going “Sorry for Jabari”.

  2. cbking05 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Could have had Klay Thompson instead

  3. stephenolszewski - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Cavs will land Jimmer Chris Grant for whatever reason loves him….and Cavs need a shooter just wish it wasn’t him

  4. bougin89 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    John Salmons is a completely useless $7.5 million dollar player. He can be waived next season for only 1 million though.

    Once he got his big deal with Milwaukee he completely stopped trying. His energy level and just all around effort went into the tank. He’s only in the league at this point because his contract is guaranteed.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Worst for Wiggins 2013

  6. lowpostfootwork - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Half the Kings roster needs to go.

    Salmons= Zombie
    Thornton= Black Hole
    Thompson= Moron
    Hayes= Blob
    Patterson= Allergic to rebounds and defense
    Jimmer= …just doesn’t belong

  7. sylpkt - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’d be ok if the Thunder took a crack at Fredette. He would be the sharpshooter they need to space the floor. They’ve shown they can cover defensively with thier length as a team for a defensive liability at guard with Harden & KMart. He wouldn’t need to nessarily create offense with Westbrook and Durant on the floor, just go set up in the corner or on the wing and knock down wide open 3s.

    The issue is staying under the tax thresh-hold AND not giving up another cheap, controllable asset (and something the Kings would want in return). Perry Jones III?

  8. 2016olympics - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Marquis Teague for Marcus Thornton

  9. somekat - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Not a bad plan, but if I’m an NBA GM, I’m not calling them unless I can’t work anything out with Philly. I would rather have Young, Hawes, and Turner over any of those guys

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