If you’ve Googled the Kings over the past couple of weeks, you know they’ve been in the news.
Most of the reports – about DeMarcus Cousins, George Karl and John Calipari – haven’t been true, at least not yet. Unfortunately, the Kings’ trade with Philadelphia is a real deal, one that sends Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for, well, nothing.
Sports reporters and bloggers haven’t spared the Kings. A sampling of comments since the news broke Wednesday:
Deadspin’s Kevin Draper: “The Kings are giving away a bunch of assets just to chase third-tier free agents who probably don’t want to (and definitely shouldn’t) play for them, and even if they get them, they still won’t be competitive in the West.”
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ESPN’s Kevin Pelton: “Sacramento Kings: F”
Tom Ziller, SB Nation: “You can’t sit on (the cap space) because if you do, chances are you’re going to continue to be a bad basketball team, and oh look, now you don’t even have your own pick every other year.”
Grantland’s Zach Lowe: “If they get Rondo, they are sending a message to Cousins: ‘We are trying, so you have to try, too.’ But none of that comes close to justifying the cost Sacramento paid here.”
Business Insider’s Tony Manfred: “The Sixers got 3 players and a 1st-round pick for nothing in one of the most lopsided NBA trades ever.”
@GSWFastBreak: “Kings are approaching the ‘let’s offer Corey Maggette $50 million’ level of desperation. I've seen this movie before, and it ends in tears.”
@James_Ham: “Before Kings fans jump off the Tower Bridge they should probably wait and see what Vlade Divac does with the cap space.”
Joshua Needelman, sportsgrid.com: “Best of luck Mr. Divac. You’ll certainly need it.”
Maybe Divac won’t need luck; maybe he has a plan. But we won’t know until he’s allowed to officially discuss the trade on Thursday.
Tom Couzens: 916-321-1097, firstname.lastname@example.org
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