Oklahoma City Receives: Rudy Gay, Tyreke Evans, Arron Afflalo, Kosta Koufos
Sacramento Receives: Enes Kanter, Taj Gibson, Alex Abrines, Kyle Singler, Doug McDermott, 21st Overall Pick
Why Oklahoma City Trades:
|Steven Adams||Kosta Koufos|
|Domantas Sabonis||Jerami Grant||Nick Collison?|
|Rudy Gay||Andre Roberson?||Josh Huestis|
|Victor Oladipo||Arron Afflalo||Norris Cole?|
|Russell Westbrook||Tyreke Evans?||Semaj Christon|
Oklahoma City proved last season that they couldn’t seriously contend with their roster. If a team that had Russell Westbrook averaging a 30 point triple double gets eliminated in 5 games after just a 47 win regular season, there is definitely room for improvement. By adding a fringe all-star like Rudy Gay, and former high level guards Arron Afflalo and Tyreke Evans, that improvement can definitely occur. Gay averaged 18.7 points per game on 45.5% shooting last season, Arron Afflalo is a career 11.3 points per game scorer on 45.1% from the field and 38.6 from theee, and Tyreke Evans averages 16.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.8 rebounds on 44.4% for his career.
Kosta Koufus is a great player for Oklahoma City to have. He’s spent the last few seasons contributing to a lost cause in Sacramento, but Koufus has been a part of high level Jazz (Jerry Sloan,) Nuggets (George Karl,) and Grizzlies (Dave Joerger) teams. Koufus has started 215 games with these teams, and has been a winning player with .121 career win shares per 48 minutes. Getting Koufus, Afflalo, Gay, and Evans allows Oklahoma City to do a lot more. They can have scorers in the game when Russell Westbrook needs a breather. They can also play small ball with Gay at power forward, Tyreke Evans at the three, and Sabonis or Jerami Grant at the five. Also, Andre Roberson becomes expendable if he receives a ridiculous contract offer from another team.
Why Sacramento Trades:
|Willie Cauley-Stein||Skal Labissiere||Georgios Papagiannis|
|Enes Kanter||10th Overall Pick||21st Overall Pick|
|Doug McDermott||Alex Abrines||Kyle Singler|
|Buddy Hield||Garrett Temple||Ben McLemore|
|5th Overall Pick||Langston Galloway||Malachi Richardson|
Sacramento makes this trade because they clear house of the veterans they don’t want anyways, and they get more young assets in the process. Doug McDermott, Alex Abrines, and Kyle Singler are high level shooters who will help space the floor for their scoring guards like Buddy Hield, Ben McLemore, and whoever goes 5th overall as well as their big men Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Georgios Papagiannis, Enes Kanter, and the 10th overall pick. Taj Gibson probably will not re-sign, they will have plenty of big men if he doesn’t.
Enes Kanter is more polished than a lot of the current Kings big men. Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game on 54.5% shooting in just 21.3 minutes per game. The other asset – the 21st overall pick gives Sacramento three picks in the 1st round. Sacramento gets a lot younger with this trade, and that is especially true with Darren Collison almost assuredly leaving in free agency.