It appears the Sacramento Kings are joining the free agency melee. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, they just unloaded Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas, and, according to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, a protected first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The move clears about $16 million in additional cap space, which enables them to go after several potential players they’ve been targeting, including Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews. Earlier today, Woj reported that the Indiana Pacers were “pushing hard” to sign Ellis, but ESPN’s Marc Stein now believes the Kings could potentially upend those plans.
Sacramento is in dire need of quality back-court players to go alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, and it’s widely understood that they see current point guard Darren Collison as more of a backup. It would certainly allow Rondo an opportunity to rehabilitate his image after a disastrous stint in Dallas, to say the least, but with the way things are panning out in Portland, it could also be a potential landing spot for Wesley Matthews, who’s set to meet with the Kings later this week.