At the start of the regular season, the Sacramento Kings are struggling to find their form to have a good start. But bit by bit they surge to the Western Conference standings and now precariously sitting at the 8th spot holding a 15-19 win-loss record. Now, reports are suggesting that to sustain their momentum they must acquire a solid playmaker and the Phoenix Suns might have the asset they are looking for.
Many believe that the reason behind the Kings previous debacle is that they lack a legitimate point guard at their backcourt. Though they have Darren Collison and Ty Lawson manning the spot, some analyst pointed out that the two players might not lead them to the postseason. And making a deal with the Suns could be viable option for them.
According to Forbes, now that the Sacramento Kings are in a better position to make a push for a Western Conference playoff spot, a trade deal with the Phoenix Suns sounds to be plausible for both teams. The proposed deal is saying that the Suns will send guard Brandon Knight to the Kings in exchange for forward Rudy Gay.
As said earlier, the Kings badly need an upgrade on their backcourt and having Knight will surely give them a legit PG. Though Knight is only averaging 12.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, this is mainly because he was relegated to the bench after Devin Booker took his place.
But still, the stats could definitely boost the offense of the Kings most especially if the Kings will use him as a starter. It also makes sense for them to trade Gay who is sure will be gone with the team after the season. Rather than lose him for nothing, it might better to trade him right now and get a valuable asset in return just like Knight.
On the other hand, the Suns are surely not also a loser on this trade. Gay is certainly a big upgrade in the Suns' power forward spot who only have rookies Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss operating the spot. Gay's season averages of 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game will indeed a great improvement on their offensive end.
The trade will also work under NBA trade rules and salary cap restriction as verified with ESPN NBA Trade Machine. With all the positive benefits the deal will bring in to the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns regarding this trade, Brandon Knight, and Rudy Gay might see themselves playing for their new home before the trade deadline.