Kings Target More Young Players, Picks At Deadline

1:50pm: A source has told Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com (Twitter link) that the Kings don’t have plans to trade Collison. Of course, Sacramento also insisted for most of the season that it had no plans to trade Cousins, so it’s fair to be wary, particularly since there doesn’t seem to be much reason for the club to hang onto the veteran point guard.

7:37am: Having agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, the Kings likely aren’t done dealing, reports Chris Mannix of The Vertical. According to Mannix, Sacramento will be targeting additional draft picks and players on rookie contracts before Thursday’s trade deadline, with players like Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, and Arron Afflalo available.

The Cousins trade agreement signaled that a full-fledged rebuild is underway in Sacramento, so it makes sense that players like Collison, McLemore, and Afflalo would be expendable — all three could become free agents this summer. Collison, in particular, is ticketed for unrestricted free agency and should draw some interest from teams in need of point guard help. His salary ($5.229MM) is modest, and his numbers this season (13.7 PPG, 4.2 APG, .421 3PT%) have been solid. Per Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype (via Twitter), executives around the league believe Collison will “definitely” be traded.

Afflalo and McLemore were said to be available a month ago, so little has changed on that front. Reports last fall suggested that Sacramento’s new coaching staff had connected with McLemore and were excited to see how he performed this season, but his playing time has been inconsistent and he hasn’t taken a real step forward in 2016/17. The former seventh overall pick, who is averaging a career-low 18.1 MPG, is eligible for restricted free agency in July.

As for Afflalo, he hasn’t exactly thrived in Sacramento this season, averaging just 7.8 PPG and shooting 42.9% in part-time action for the Kings. While those marks are well below his career averages, Afflalo has been as effective as ever from three-point range (39.0%), and his contract is manageable — he’s making $12.5MM annually this year and next year, but next season’s salary is only guaranteed for $1.5MM, so his deal could be viewed as an expiring contract of sorts.

If Sacramento goes into fire sale mode, other vets like Kosta Koufos, Anthony Tolliver, Matt Barnes, and Tyreke Evans could also be available, though that’s just my speculation.

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22 thoughts on “Kings Target More Young Players, Picks At Deadline

    • unsaturatedmatz

      Nah he started there a while ago but he left for the Pelicans as a restricted FA, and they just got him back in the Cousins deal.

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  1. Dionis

    Sacramento is going to turn things around, Cauley-Stein is the correct center for the Kings to build around, he can guard all 5 positions, be a rim-protector and score at the rim. They should re-sign Evans to a reasonable contract and make him their poing guard, slot Hield at the 2, try and draft Josh Jackson with the 1st round pick put him at the 3, and just throw Skal out there alongside Cauley-Stein and see how those guys develop together. I am still huge on Buddy Hield, he is a gym rat and will do well in Sacramento.

    Evans-Hield-Jackson-Skal-Cauley-Stein

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    • GuruGray

      Do you even hear what you’re saying? Also Josh Jackson is unlikely because of the swap rights with Philly

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        • mitt24

          Lol except getting Jackson isn’t likely. Sixers will swap picks with you guys. Take your 20th overall pick and draft OG Anunoby. Stock is low and should be healthy by start of next season. Kid can be a star

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          • Annuboy is sneakily going to be a great player in this league. Kid was finally starting to get his rhythm before his injury. He will be a late first round to early second round pick so they could get him with the Philly second round pick. He is already a stud defender and decent shooter. Just need to become more of a shot creator.

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        • Although i disagree with Dionis, since everyone in that lineup is butt besides maybe Cauley-Stein.. and I mean straight butt.

          The Kings may at least be able to find one or two players that can still be with the team when it matters after a hypothetical successful rebuilding around say 2020-21 season.

          But them actually being watchable for the next 2-3 years is a funny thought..

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    • Michael N

      Evans isn’t a PG hes more of a SG. Skal is a bust. Cauley-Stein is too inconsistent. As a Sixer fan i hope you use that lineup because that lineup won’t win you more than 25 games.

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      • As a 6ers fan you should hope they are better so you can get the no 1 seed. In reverse standings

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      • mad nova

        Seems way too early to deem Skal a bust…dude is only 20 and has been on a team with a glut of front court players.

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    • r.rondo

      Jackson will be Long gone, as teams with desperate need on the 3 will pick him.
      Willy C-S has not shown that he is able to defend any big man like cousins, howard or deandre Jordan. Hield is already older that Davis and has a low ceiling. Evans had one good year that is it.
      I see at least 5-10 years no playoffs for Sacramento, go for the record!!

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    • KCelts

      Dear god that starting five would be an absolute nightmare.

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  2. Giannis_Gains

    If I am the Kings and Vlade Divac, why not trade Collison to a team like the Pacers for a first, move Afflaflo and a future 2nd to say, the Magic for Hezonja, and use Mclemore off the bench? 2 firsts in a deep class and ample cap space to sign 3 and D vets this offseason with a core of Tyrell, Cauley-Stein, Hield, Hezonja, Mclemore, and Skal offers upside and a lot of boom or but potential.

    The kings aren’t going to be relevant for a few year regardless, just take what you can get and move to the post-Boogie era.

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    • Cuz no one wants any of Sacs scrub vets, besides Collison, but they wont get much more than a late 1st rnd pick for him, if theyre lucky…. lots of PGs on the market this year.

      Rondo & Darren Williams to name a few.. no ones going to pay a premium for Collison, and hes the only player on the Kings ENTIRE ROSTER with ANY trade value.

      Kings gave up more in a trade to dump Stauskas, than they got in return for Demarcus Cousins lmao

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    • The Pacers don’t need another guard. They already have Teague, Robinson, Stuckey, Ellis, Miles, Joe Young.

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  3. JIM O .

    here is a couple if ideas 1) koufas collison or mclemore
    and future 2nd rdc philly for okafor 2) mclemore or collison to nola for t. jones 3)afflalo to pheo. for knight or ulis and a 1st ( if knight) 2nd (if ulis)

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    • 1) Philly isn’t going to do that. They wouldn’t take a first rounder from New Orleans for Okafor, they’re not taking Collison/McLemore and a second rounder.

      2) Why trade McLemore or Collison for Terrence Jones in a seperate trade when they could have done that in the Boogie trade. Matching salaries would have been less of a problem for New Orleans if they made it into one bigger deal (unless they find a sucker to take Ajinca or Asik first).

      3) I think at that point, Phoenix would rather keep Ulis than trade him for Afflalo. Knight for Afflalo isn’t that terrible. I don’t know if they’d be eager to attach a first rounder to Knight (not saying that they won’t have to), but it would rid themselves of his contract. Knight would block Hield’s development though. Opinions of Hield aside, Knight can’t lead an offense (so he shouldn’t play the 1) but is too small to play the 2 and is basically an older version of Hield at this point. Sacramento traded for Hield with the intent of giving him a big role. He wouldn’t get that with Knight also in Sacramento.

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  4. acarneglia

    Charlotte needs to make a trade for Collison. Sessions has struggled and is far too consistent with the second unit. Charlotte needs to do like a straight up Collison for Jeremy Lamb swap.

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  5. Vlade, Has just made the worst move! Move Cousins in the Summer, NOT NOW!!!! Now, AD and Boogie will be unstoppable, and we LOSE AGAIN! We just tanked the season, being out of the 8th seed, when we had a chance to be in the playoffs this year! ONLY AN IDIOT would trade a 3-time All Star to a team that already has an 4-time All star and we end up again with NOTHING!!!!

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    • Seattle Kings or Supersonics?

      Oh wait, didnt these guys sucker you into paying for a new stadium in Sac so that you can watch these bums play?

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