Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:22 pm

Rockets courting Kings for three-way McGrady move

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

As talks with the New York Knicks stalled on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets quietly recruited the Sacramento Kings as part of a three-team trade discussion that would deliver Tracy McGrady to the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The proposed deal was contingent on John Salmons staying with the Bulls, but that appeared in doubt with the Milwaukee Bucks expecting to complete their own trade for Salmons.

In the proposed trade, the Rockets would get Kenny Thomas, Andres Nocioni, Beno Udrith and a Kings’ protected No. 1 draft pick. Sacramento would acquire Tyrus Thomas, Brad Miller and Salmons from the Bulls.

Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:52 am

Many teams show interest in Bulls' Thomas

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets are among the multiple teams who’ve spoken to Chicago about (Tyrus) Thomas. The Bulls are telling people that they have several teams willing to offer first-round picks – in 2010 or beyond.

Bulls management is telling teams they expect to take the bidding right to the Feb. 18 deadline. The Bulls want to avoid the possibility of Thomas accepting a $6.2 million qualifying offer on the eve of this summer’s free agency, which would deliver a major dent to their salary-cap space. Thomas, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer.

The Bulls are desperate to recruit Miami’s Dwyane Wade back to his hometown, but one source familiar with Wade’s thinking says he’s ”far less” inclined to bolt Miami unless Chicago has the ability to sign a ”significant” free agent to join him.

Posted on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am

Celtics, Allen on trade clock

By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com : Don't bet on every member of the Big Three being around beyond the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Though team president Danny Ainge has publicly ridiculed the (Ray) Allen trade reports, several NBA executives told CBSSports.com that the Celtics have been actively trying to parlay Allen's $19.7 million expiring contract into an asset that could keep them in the mix during the upcoming playoffs and also help them for the next several seasons. The most recent inquiry, sources say, involved Sacramento sharpshooter Kevin Martin, who'd be a good fit with Boston's remaining core. Kings officials might be talked out of their reluctance to deal Martin if they could pry a prolific big man out of a third team brought into the discussions or in a separate transaction before the deadline.

The bottom line is that Ainge, who saved his job by pulling off the perfect storm of trades that yielded Allen and (Kevin) Garnett three years ago, has made it clear in private conversations that he's "not going back to the abyss," according to one person familiar with the discussions.


Posted on: February 5, 2010 11:54 am

Kings not interested in moving Martin

By Sam Amick, The Sacramento Bee : League sources say the Kings continue to tell inquiring teams that they have no interest in moving (Kevin) Martin, especially in scenarios intended solely to create salary cap space by freeing them of his contract (three seasons and a combined $34.6 million remaining beyond this season). Houston is among those teams recently informed of that fact, with that possibility set to include Tracy McGrady and his expiring contract ($22.5 million) if talks had progressed.

They didn't, of course, but the chatter remains because of the chaotic context surrounding Martin and the team. Not only are the Kings losing, but Martin has struggled while failing to provide the lift Westphal and his staff hoped for upon his return.

Since he came back Jan. 15 from left wrist surgery, he is shooting 36.4 percent overall and 34.5 percent from three-point range in 11 games while averaging 17.2 points.

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Posted on: February 1, 2010 11:37 am

Bobcats showing interest in Jason Thompson

By Sam Amick, The Sacramento Bee : Charlotte – which sources say would be very motivated by any trade involving Kings second-year forward Jason Thompson – has a logjam of centers whom the Kings may inquire about: Nazr Mohammed (6-foot-10), DeSagana Diop (7-0), Alexis Ajinca (7-0) and oft-injured Tyson Chandler (7-1).

The Bobcats may also have interest in the expiring contract of Kenny Thomas ($8.7 million this season), as he has been highly regarded by Charlotte coach Larry Brown since they were together in Philadelphia.

Posted on: November 17, 2009 11:23 am

Source: Nothing to Dalembert trade rumor

By Tom Moore, phillyBurbs.com : There is nothing to an espn.com trade rumor involving the Sixers’ Samuel Dalembert, according to an NBA source. The rumored deal would send Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings for the expiring contract of ex-Sixer Kenny Thomas and an unnamed player to make the money work. Another long-shot possibility would still have Dalembert going to the Kings, with the Sixers getting Thomas, as well as Brian Scalabrine and Tony Allen from the Celtics.

The Sixers are believed to have discussed dealing Dalembert over the summer and also at February’s trade deadline. Dalembert had asked to be moved last winter because his role had been reduced and the Sixers were struggling.


Posted on: November 16, 2009 11:53 am

Hornets already shopping Okafor?

By John Reid, The Times-Picayune : Meanwhile, a report on the Sacramento Bee's Web site said the Kings and Hornets are discussing a trade for Hornets center Emeka Okafor, the team's biggest offseason acquisition. But a Hornets source, said the team has not been involved in any trade discussions concerning Okafor.

The Sacramento Bee report mentioned the Kings would send Kenny Thomas and his expiring $8.7 million contract for Okafor, who has five years and $62.5 million left on his deal.


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