The Kings already made one surprising deal with less than 24 hours to go before the trade deadline, and Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee hears there could be another on the way (Twitter link). Jones doesn't specify who might be included, but DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans have drawn interest, even as it has appeared the Kings would not make any moves while their sale, either to competing groups from Seattle to Sacramento, is pending.
The trade that sent out Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas was reportedly a cost-cutting measure that some members of the team's management opposed. Tom Ziller of SB Nation indicates that co-owner Gavin Maloof and GM Geoff Petrie are driving forces in the front office at the moment (Twitter links).
Still, it seems far-fetched the deal was done purely for financial reasons. If the Kings were planning to decline their team option on Garcia and waive Honeycutt, whose deal is only guaranteed for $100K next season, the trade saves them just $521K for next season, when new ownership is likely to be in place. It saves them a pro-rated portion of $3,674,395 for this year, though, so perhaps that's the primary concern.