Feb 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) in the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Sacramento Kings interested in Larry Sanders, Brandon Knight

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The Sacramento Kings have made it known they would be will to trading the eighth-overall pick in the first round of this month’s draft in order to bring in a veteran to help the team return to the postseason.

A report recently surfaced that Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Brandon Knight was a target of the Kings.

Chad Ford believes the Kings have been interested in Bucks’ big man Larry Sanders for some time, but it would take more than the eighth-overall pick to land both Sanders and Knight.

Yes. The need a rim protector and Sanders is available. I think if they give up Knight and Sanders they’ll want more than just the 8th pick. But the Kings have enough assets to throw another player the Bucks way. Would be a good deal for both teams — especially if the Bucks could get Ben McLemore as well. They need young players they can build around. The Bucks will be active in trying to move up and get another pick and the Kings have been among the most active in trying to add a few vets to turn this team into a playoff contender next year. Sanders and Knight would probably do it.

If the Bucks moved Knight, it could pave the way to potentially draft Australian Exum and address another need with the eighth-overall pick. The Kings could potentially use Knight as a replacement for Isaiah Thomas, who is set to become a restricted free agent.

Sanders played in just 23 games last season because of injuries and off of the court issues. He averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 46.9% from the field and 47.3% from the free throw line. Knight averaged 17.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 42.2% from the field, 32.5% from beyond the arc and 80.2% from the charity stripe.

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