The deals made at this year’s trade deadline featured about as much star power as this year’s dunk contest.
After weeks of guessing where big names like Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol, Josh Smith, and Kevin Garnett might land … of imagining new homes for quality pros like Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson … the deadline came and went with an absolute whimper.
Let’s break ‘em down.
Kings traded Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, and Tyler Honeycutt to Houston for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, and Toney Douglas
Sure, the Kings got a floor-spacing four that runs the floor well in Patterson, and he probably makes more sense in a frontcourt with DeMarcus Cousins than a low-post, back-to-the-basket guy like Thomas Robinson. But let’s be real … this trade saves the Kings a couple million dollars in the short term, and by the time Robinson starts making them look stupid for giving up on the 5th overall pick in last year’s draft, Joe and Gavin Maloof and Geoff Petrie will be long gone.
Pick up Patterson (25% owned) if you feel comfortable assuming the Kings will use a rotation that makes any sense at all.