With the trade deadline coming to an end, it seems like once again the Kings are making waves and for all of the wrong reasons. When the news first broke that the Kings were making moves, I was ecstatic. It was as if the Maloof’s were finally answering my prayers to bring better talent to Sacramento. Then, I saw the Kings traded away three valuable players (Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt) and could not have been more disappointed. Like everyone else, I am disappointed in Thomas Robinson’s stats. But as the number five overall draft pick, he has a lot of potential. I don’t believe Robinson has stacked up to the player we had hoped he would be, but it’s still too early to tell. We need to keep in mind Robinson is only 21 years old and fresh out of college. He’s still young, new to the league and hasn’t gained enough experience to determine his maximum potential. With the luck of the Kings, there’s no doubt in my mind that Thomas Robinson will be turn out to be an exceptional player.
So what did the Kings gain from this trade? They gained three players from the Houston Rockets-Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas, along with $1 million. With this trade, the Kings officially have the lowest payroll in the NBA. I’m trying to stay positive about the new acquisitions, but it seems like every time I want to have faith in the Kings, the organization does something to sweep the rug from under my feet and to be honest, it’s getting old. With that said, here are the positives I’m trying to take away from all of this:
- Patrick Patterson currently starts for the Rockets and is putting up impressive numbers this season. For the current 2012-2013 season he is averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game. In February alone he has averaged 15.6 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds per game. Not bad for a guy who will now be coming off the bench for the Kings.
- Patterson is a former teammate of Kings superstar DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings are hoping the former Kentucky Wildcats can once again make magic together and help the Kings get to a winning record.
- Since the Kings now have the lowest payroll in the league, it’s time to do something with all of this money we’re saving. I’m not saying we need to bring in the best of the best (although I wouldn’t turn Lebron down), but let’s bring in some recognizable talent.
As expected, this season has truly been a disappointment for myself and Kings fans alike. With the uncertainty of the future location of the team to the trading of valuable players, it seems like the Maloof’s are doing everything in their power to make Kings fans turn against them and thus the team. But just like I try and do time after time, I encourage Kings fans to stay positive and continue to support our team and continue to be the best fans in the NBA.