Sacramento Kings Weekly: Playoff Push?

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The Sacramento Kings are at least trying to win games this season, which is more than most of the Eastern Conference, can say at this point. On Nov. 26, the Kings acquired Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves, at the time this trade seemed like a change of scenery for the No. 2 overall pick from the 2011 draft. However, on Dec. 9 the Kings went all-in for this season by obtaining Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors. The Kings traded away Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes for not just Rudy Gay, but also center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy. Now when the Kings have a current record of 6-13, with only the Jazz behind them in the Western Conference standings, but Sacramento is just FIVE games out of the playoffs. The Kings have not been in the playoffs since 2006, when they lost in the first round. So one cannot blame the Sacramento Kings executives for making moves to try and make the playoffs this year.

Most people do not like the Rudy Gay trade for the Kings; however, I would like to share three reasons why I love this move for the Kings. First, DeMarcus Cousins, the best center in the NBA today, will give Gay space and open shots. Cousins is also one of the best passing centers in the league at just under three assists per game, so not only will his post play open offense but his passing will get Gay better shots. Second, Rudy Gay is a scorer, for his career he is averaging 18 points, and this season he is at 19.4 points per game. Furthermore, Gay is a late game player, he has won numerous games in the fourth quarter and the Kings need help winning the close games. This year the Kings have lost four games by five points or less and another one in overtime, Gay can and will provide help in this area. Third, this is a only a two year experiment, Gay has a player option next year for $19.3 million which he will pick up more than likely. So if Gay, Williams, and Cousins do not work out, the Kings will have salary cap money in 2015 and try again to find a way to reach the playoffs.

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