Already exceeding expectations this season, the Sacramento Kings this week made a trio of trades that NBA experts say make the team even stronger.
The trades bring forwards Harrison Barnes and Caleb Swanigan, and guard Alec Burks to Sacramento.
Barnes is the most notable acquisition – coming from Dallas in exchange for forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.
“I think he’s going to be a great addition,” said Kings GM Vlade Divac. “He’s going to bring something that we were missing in that position – especially offensively. But he’s a complete player. He can play good defense too.”
Divac also speaks well of Burks and Swanigan.
“Alec is a combo guy who’s going to bring experience,” Divac explained. “Caleb is a young player that we had interest in even before the draft.”
The Kings are getting good grades for the trades. Kings Insider James Ham of NBC Sports California believes Divac has done a really nice job of improving the team.
“He had a lot of cap space and expiring contracts and he went out and filled positions of need,” said Ham. “It cost a little bit as far as team chemistry – losing really solid locker-room guys like Iman Shumper and Justin Jackson – but, at the end of the day, they improved their talent level by a lot.”
Ham believes Kings fans have a lot to be excited about, saying the team has just added major pieces for a stretch run.
The Kings are also putting Ben McLemore on waivers.