At this point last season, the Kings already had made two in-season trades to shake up their roster.
This season, the Kings have yet to make an in-season deal. But that doesn’t mean they’ve settled on their personnel.
While nothing the magnitude of last season’s trade for Rudy Gay is imminent, the Kings are exploring trades, with backup point guard Ramon Sessions the most likely candidate to be dealt.
According to a league source, the Kings discussed a deal that would have sent Sessions to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Jordan Farmar. Sessions has missed the last 10 games because of a low back strain.
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Sessions last played Dec. 22 at Golden State. He played six minutes in the first half before Ray McCallum took over backup point guard duties in the second half.
This has been a down season for Sessions, who has dealt with knee and back issues. He’s averaging 6.1 points and 2.5 assists in 17.1 minutes per game, all career lows for the eight-year veteran.
Entering the season, Sessions was expected to play a lot, including time with starting point guard Darren Collison and in three-guard sets. But he hasn’t been a big part of the rotation.
Farmar is averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 14.7 minutes per game off the bench this season. He is a career 37.4 percent shooter from three-point range, which would appeal to the Kings’desire for more perimeter shooters. He’s shooting 36.1 percent on three-pointers this season.
Praise from Carlisle – Lately, Collison is playing some of the best basketball of his career, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by his former coach in Dallas, Rick Carlisle.
Entering Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena, Collison was averaging 18.6 points and 6.0 assists in his last 10 games while shooting 55.6 percent.
Collison played for Carlisle during the 2012-13 season, when he started 47 games. It was an up-and-down year for Collison, who came in a trade with Indiana pegged to be the starter. But he lost his job to Derek Fisher and Mike James during the season.
Collison then signed with the Clippers to be a backup last season. Last summer, the Kings signed him to be their starting point guard.
“I love Collison’s game this year,” Carlisle said. “He continues to grow every year as a player, and he’s a hard worker. He did a great job for us, and he got a lot better as the year progressed.”
Casspi still out – Swingman Omri Casspi missed his fifth consecutive game because of a left knee bone contusion.