The Sacramento Kings are on the verge of acquiring Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors, deal should be official today. The trade is mostly a salary dump for the Raptors but for the Kings makes things very interesting. Dealing starting PG Grevis Vasquez leads to spark plug Isaiah Thomas being put in the starting lineup.
With Thomas, Gay joining Demarcus Cousins, rookie Ben McLemore and possibly new acquired Derrick Williams in the starting lineup the talent has been upgraded. Yet how 3 ball dominate players, assuming an exception for the rookie and Williams, will play together offensively could make for some great periods of play as well as some possibly comically bad. Defensively the team could struggle as well with none of the starting 5 having shown recent propensity to specialize on that end of the floor, often looking like they are saving their energy for offense.
Yet, even with all the possible limitations, this trade could dramatically improve the Kings who currently sit at 5-13 and 5 and a half games out of the final playoff spot in the ultra-tough Western Conference. The Kings have only been averaging about 98 points a game and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Adding a scoring punch like Gay could greatly improve their average and their record.
For the Cavaliers this trade could be a huge boon to their 2014 draft. The Kings owe the Cavs a 1st round pick from the Omri Casspi – JJ Hickson trade. That pick this year is top 12 protected. The Kings currently sit with the 4th worst record in the league but is only 4 wins from that all so important, for the Cavs, 13th spot. With the very weak Eastern Conference struggling for wins it is possible that the Kings could easily rise up the standings, maybe not make the playoffs, but certainly to more wins then the 7 Eastern Conference lottery teams. With the Raptors currently above the Kings in wins, this trade is a double win for the Cavaliers hope.
A second 1st rounder, near the middle of the draft and end of the lottery, would be huge for the Cavs. That pick could be used on the very deep draft class expected, traded to move up in the draft or moved, with other assets, to bring another star to Cleveland. Either way the Cavs fans should be rooting hard for the Kings this year and this trade gives them more talent to possible answer the Cavs prayers for the 2014 draft.