Kings willing to trade "young pieces for assets"
Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:24 PM
I do not want Evans. Henderson is better than Evans so I'd rather not downgrade.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:33 PM
I think cousins would be a better trade for a team like Houston who's on the edge of being extremely competitive and maybe that one piece can really elevate them.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:54 PM
Cousins for Hendo/Mullens:
now Cho, the time is NOW!!!!
Okay they are not trading cousins anyway... That tweet was based on this article and what assistant coach Bobby Jackson said.
Former Kings point guard, now assistant coach, Bobby Jackson knows a thing or two about solid backup point guard play.
For most of his 2000-2005 stint with the Kings as a player, Jackson served as second fiddle to Mike Bibby off the bench. The formula worked – Jackson won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2002-03. And never did he and Bibby have to worry about sharing big-time minutes with another point guard.
The Kings have spent 17 games this season trying to figure out the rotation between the current starter Aaron Brooks, and Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette. The situation has left Jackson wondering if the Kings should trade one of them.
“They all want to play and you don’t have enough minutes for everybody. The good thing is you’ve got three quality guards. Maybe you can, you don’t know what’s going to happen, but you could trade one of the guys, you know, for something valuable,” Jackson told me after Wednesday’s win over the Raptors.
“It’s a tough situation for a coach to have, but we’re doing the best we can,” Jackson continued.
In two of the last three games, Thomas has failed to log a single minute while Fredette has been the main point guard off the bench behind Brooks. Thomas started at point guard through the first eight games of the season and Fredette's minutes have been all over the board. I asked Smart about Thomas and Fredette and he basically said that he is going to have to wing it in terms of their playing time.
“I’ve got two developing, young guards…The game may force me to play this guy because I may need a shooter on the floor, so I’m just going to fight with that as much as I can and stay away from the traditional thinking of you’ve got to have this guy that is your backup,” Smart said. “I’m going to look at how the game plays."
And he doesn’t seem to care if Thomas and Fredette mind.
“I know they won’t like it, but you know what, you’re in the NBA, you know, so many guys would love to be in these positions,” Smart said.
With Tyreke Evans, the Kings have four players who can bring the ball up the floor. This is part of the reason why I wrote a piece the other day questioning whether the Kings needed to even sign Brooks this offseason. Brooks is averaging 7.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds over the last three games as a starter.
Jackson, who used to be an executive in the Kings’ front office before becoming an assistant coach, seems to think it’s time for Geoff Petrie to pull the trigger.
“They all have trade value,” Jackson said. “Somebody will trade for that, but I don’t know which one we would want to give up.”
So the pieces they are looking to move are young pieces at guard. Given that to be the case this is a non-story for us as we also have enough young guard play.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:14 PM
I don't see anything in their backcourt worth giving up more than a second round pick.
I like Kemba, love Sessions, and we're loaded at the 2.
We have assets coming out of our wahoo.
Any additions to the backcourt have to be game-changers.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:48 AM
McDonnell already killed that.
Fixin the squad for the Hampton Roads reboot
Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:40 PM