According to a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Kings will look to make trades that will improve their roster with the intention of clinching a playoff berth this season. The Kings currently rank ninth in the West, just a half-game behind the Dallas Mavericks for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
“Sacramento is not incentivized to lose,” said Windhorst. “If anything, Sacramento will be gunning to think they have a chance to make the playoffs. Sacramento is actually one of the teams I’ve heard is out there on the trade market looking to improve itself because they have no incentive to tank. I don’t know what possibly the trade could be, but I’ve heard that is out there.”
Bobby Marks: Couple of other Denver notes: * Barring a trade, the likely scenario is that Young is on the roster until Jan.7 when his contract is guaranteed and Denver would need to waive a player to keep him.
While New Orleans is trying to win enough to convince Davis to stay, the rest of the league is ruminating about what it would take to pry Davis away. Such speculation is happening constantly now, but executives around the league see virtually no chance that Davis is traded before the Pelicans can offer him that super-max extension in July. New Orleans, as it should, will do everything it can to keep Davis — and will move on from him only if it absolutely has to.
If that happens, the Pelicans will have only one logical option: to trade Davis before he leaves in free agency. The same process has played out with several others, including Leonard, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George. None of them, though, would inspire the kind of bidding war an available Davis would. “That’s what you guys do,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of the trade speculation. “You guys talk about it. He’s here. He’s playing on our team. We’re trying to win games. That’s the only thing that matters right now. “It’s not anything that I’m going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don’t bother with it. We worry about now. We worry about winning games and putting everybody in the best position to win games.”