There is no single dramatic trade that would turn the Kings into a contender. Even if trading DeMarcus Cousins could bring decent talent in return, the Kings are far from a single piece or two away from adequacy.
The team's lone stretch of sustained success proves the point. The squad that showed potential during the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season and then blossomed into not only championship contention but national sports relevance was an amalgam. It blended young talent with veteran skill and leadership.
Players such as Vlade Divac and Doug Christie filled important and well-defined roles. Chris Webber supplied star power and elite performance. Steady leadership at point guard, strong supporting players remember the elegant Peja Stojakovic? who knew what was expected and did what was asked of them and, most compelling, commitment to a specific style and direction were part of a detailed yet simple approach to attaining success.
Even with young guys such as Thomas Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette and steady old hands like John Salmons to go with Tyreke Evans, Cousins and others, this Kings whole is less than its parts.
The current team has been hindered by bad luck, certainly. Evans' injury and Cousins' unpredictability are real problems for a team expected to be powered in large part by their notable talents.
But that's when the system is supposed to hold things together.
It's far more than overlooking another tantrum or twisted knee.
What to watch
Baseball, Hall of Fame announcement, 11 a.m., MLB Network: Will Barry Bonds get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot?
What do the Kings need to become a contender?
A major overhaul
More young players to develop
A blockbuster trade
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