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Kings panned for deal with 76ers

Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry (24) loses the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jared Dudley (9) on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Kings’ trade with Philadelphia sends Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Nik Stauskas to the 76ers.
Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry (24) loses the ball against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jared Dudley (9) on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Kings’ trade with Philadelphia sends Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Nik Stauskas to the 76ers. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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.”

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, tcouzens@sacbee.com

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