The Sacramento Kings are said to be ‘swinging for the fences’ in the current trade market, an assertion that will shock nobody considering their recent pickup of Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors.
That said, their most desired target may be a little too obtainable.
But Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro’s true long-term target is said to be Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who will be a restricted free agent after next season.
There’s little reason for the Warriors to part with Thompson and the price tag in a trade scenario would be relatively outlandish, so it’s possible D’Alessandro is looking more towards a potential free agent scenario.
The Kings don’t have the tradeable assets (outside of a top draft pick) to intrigue the Warriors enough into a deal, so Sacramento may be hedging bets on potentially offering him a contract the Warriors would be inclined not to match or finding a workable sign-and-trade scenario when Thompson becomes a restricted free agent.