But now the Kings seem to be his lone suitor. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie was quiet on draft night, but he just made up for it.
The Kings have a 24-year-old who is already one of the ten best players in the league with three more seasons of bargain team control.
The 7-foot Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, his first with New Orleans following a trade from Houston. The Sixers actually got players back as well!
In recent seasons, Thompson had expressed his frustrations and reports surfaced about his desire to be traded. Stauskas found his rhythm and some shooting touch.
Thompson just completed his seventh season and was Sacramento’s longest-tenured player.
Jason Thompson is coming home. The truth is that it will work out very well for both teams.
In reality, the Kings, as usual, chose to jump before looking. He is now moving on to Philly with nothing but a cool nickname and a lot to prove. Stauskas is a dead-eye shooter with great form though.
The trade brought in the aforementioned Carl Landry, a rotation guy that should help the 76ers right away. Sacramento cannot get out of their own way and they can no longer stop the events they have set into motion. He’s relatively quick with the ball in a kind of slow-mo way. He’s a really solid passer as well, though it remains to be seen how unselfishly he will play for the Sixers. His usage rate decreased as this was when Cousins was drafted and took over the frontcourt – for good reason.
The best case for the Kings right now would be something like Matthews and Williams. He was drafted 8th overall in the 2014 National Basteball Association Draft. Who wouldn’t want to play for this franchise? He definitely has potential.
Yes I know that there are draft picks involved in the trade, but if the Kings do end up thriving going forward then it will not be a major concern.
The 76ers immediately improved their shooting by adding Nik Stauskas for the comparatively small price ($13 million) of taking on the salaries of veterans Carl Landry and Jason Thompson.
After a sub par rookie season in the National Basteball Association, Nik Stauskas has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. To get all that for two years of cap-space rental (which, by all indications, we were hardly in a rush to use anyway) and maybe a second-rounder or two…it might not be the Spurs (maybe, probably) wooing LaMarcus Aldridge away from Portland, but it’s a friggin’ coup nonetheless.