Kings' trade outlook

Sam Amick

The Kings remain in a challenging position, as their focus is acquiring a big man the likes of whom may not exist.

The most talented of those potentially available – players like
Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire, Bosh, and Utah’s Carlos Boozer – are
simply too risky because they have expiring contracts and may not
re-sign this summer. Meanwhile, there is the alternative of pursuing
big men of less impact such as Dalembert, whose contracts would
severely limit the financial flexibility in the near future. Though the
Kings’ financial outlook isn’t as dire as it was at this point last
season, they still need to spend responsibly.

"I think if we’re going to trade for another player and take on significant money, you’d have to feel like you’re getting some real bang for your dollar," Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said late last week.

There are potential targets for the Kings who would come with less risk: Golden State’s Andris Biedrins (four seasons and a combined $36 million remaining) and Washington’s Brendan Haywood (expiring contract worth $6 million this season).

Haywood is the sort of defensive-minded presence they covet, but he’s also a hot commodity at the moment.

Charlotte – which sources say would be very motivated by any trade involving Kings second-year forward Jason Thompson – has a logjam of centers whom the Kings may inquire about: Nazr Mohammed (6-foot-10), DeSagana Diop (7-0), Alexis Ajinca (7-0) and oft-injured Tyson Chandler (7-1). The Bobcats may also have interest in the expiring contract of Kenny Thomas ($8.7 million this season), as he has been highly regarded by Charlotte coach Larry Brown since they were together in Philadelphia.

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