NBA Today News and Rumors: Sacramento Kings Sitting Duck for Trades
NBA is becoming all the more exciting for the basketball fans across the US and one team that is keeping not just its own fans, but all the NBA fans excited is none other than the Sacramento Kings. The team has done exceptionally well thus far and remains just two games behind Utah Jazz for the Western Conference’s final playoff.
The Sacramento Kings (12-20) have impressed almost everyone and despite the recent reversal in fortunes they have kept themselves composed.
Nonetheless they are facing a real threat and their biggest challenge in recent weeks. Sacramento Kings have lost as many as three games in a row. Their worst defeat in the last few weeks came from Philadelphia 76ers (3-31), which forced head coach George Karl to make some pointed comments toward his current collection of talent.
In the meantime reports suggest that the Sacramento Kings has $72 million in assured salaries on the books this season. Reserve Eric Moreland’s $845K salary becomes cast-iron on January 10. The only true expiring contract on the roster is former All-Star Rajon Rondo, but he has played extremely well during his short period in Sacramento and may become one of their long-term pieces.
On the other hand it must be kept in mind that the Charlotte Hornets (17-14) are vying for a playoff berth, sitting just a half game behind eighth place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings. What makes the Hornets’ season even more notable to date is the fact center Al Jefferson has appeared in only 19 contests due to injury. However, it was recently stated Jefferson will miss another six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to fix a tear in the lateral meniscus of his right knee. If the initial timeline is true, Jefferson won’t be available until after the All-Star break and trade deadline.