The Sacramento Kings have reportedly traded Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and a second round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, guard Toney Douglas, and cash considerations.
The Kings will save about $3.6 million immediately in this trade, and will likely save even more as Patterson’s contract expires this summer. The Rockets gave up a lot as all three players were regular rotation players, and Patterson started 38 games for the eighth place Rockets.
The Kings motives are clear, as the Maloof’s are continuing to dismantle their team and save money in any way that they can.
Some around the league have speculated that the Kings have improved, but for a meager 27 remaining games, Patterson will have little to no impact on a team that has poor management.
With the recent trade, the Kings continue their Major League saga. Last time I checked, Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) isn’t suiting up any time soon, yet the Maloof’s continue to act like the evil owners who are only steps away from shutting off the hot water in the teams practice facility and forcing the team to travel in a bus from the sixties.
The Maloofs have cut costs in almost every way imaginable, raising major questions as to what bills the Maloofs have to pay. When they have to pitch in their share of the relocation fees or pay their portion of the bills in order to sell the team to the Hansen-Balmer Group, will they attempt to move players with bigger salaries?
Geoff Petrie had said he didn’t foresee any trades for the Kings and stated that, with only 27 games remaining, any trades made wouldn’t make an impact this season the way an offseason trade would. Petrie has rarely misled the Kings faithful in his 19 years with the team, and potentially had his hand forced as he was said to be a fan of Thomas Robinson and saw several upsides to his game.
In short, the Kings made a trade that will potentially help them win two or three more games and will potentially create major offseason issues with Patterson’s contract expiring this summer. Things are only starting to get interesting.