The Kings have interest in Thabo Sefolosha, a league source tells ESPN’s Chris Broussard (Twitter link). Sacramento has been on the lookout for a major upgrade at shooting guard and veteran contributors, as Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday. The 31-year-old Sefolosha is in his 10th NBA season and can play the two, but it’s debatable whether he’d constitute a major upgrade over starter Marco Belinelli, whom the Kings are reportedly making available, and former No. 7 overall pick Ben McLemore, whom Sacramento is apparently “desperate” to trade.
Sefolosha’s best work comes on the defensive end. ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus Minus rankings list him as a small forward and peg him sixth in the league. Oddly, he’s shooting a career best 51.8% from the floor while enduring the second-worst 3-point shooting season of his career, canning only 30.9% of his shots from behind the arc. That’s even though his shot distribution hasn’t changed much, according to Basketball-Reference. The net effect is his scoring is up to 6.8 points per game from 5.3 last season as he takes slightly more shots and sees about five more minutes a game than he did last year.
It’s unclear what it would take to pry Sefolosha from the Hawks, who sorely missed him in the playoffs last spring while he was out with a broken leg and ankle ligament damage suffered during an encounter with police, one for which he’s filing a civil suit after being cleared of wrongdoing. He’s making $4MM this season and will see $3.85MM next year in the final season of his contract.