Nov 19, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots a free throw to give the Kings a three point lead against the Phoenix Suns with 0.8 seconds on the clock during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Sacramento Kings are 'aggressively' pursuing trades


The Kings have a new owner, a new coach, and are ushering in a new era in Sacramento. Their team still has some catching up to do, as they are just 3-7 on the season, and need some serious help. Mike Malone is a good coach, but their roster is in an odd place. They have some young talent, and some guys who can play, but they don’t fit well together. Well, according to NBA.com, they are looking to shake up the roster:

The Kings are aggressively pursuing trade possibilities in hopes of accelerating the rebuilding process, NBA.com has learned, with one executive saying the team is looking to swap veterans for prospects and picks…

The Kings (3-7) have several veterans that could be of interest to playoff-bound teams looking for depth, although some of those players have sizable guaranteed contracts. John Salmons just lost his starting job at small forward, as did shooting guard Marcus Thornton and power forward Patrick Patterson.

Teams like the Rockets and Knicks who need another piece or two to contend would be interested in Patrick Patterson. Marcus Thorton can score well, and that is always valuable. The Kings will be in the lottery, which may be the best thing for them. I’m not sure who will be giving up picks in a draft like this, but this would be a smart move for them.

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