Going into the second full month of the NBA season, the Sacramento Kings made the biggest acquisition in the NBA so far this season bringing in former All-Star forward Rudy Gay to the Kings from the Raptors in a 7- player deal. The full trade included the Toronto Raptors sending Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento in exchange for John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes. This is the second deal the Kings have made so far this season to improve their team. Early on in the season the Kings acquired former number two pick in the 2011 NBA draft Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute.
Despite starting the season 6-13, with the acquisition of Gay it sure hope that it would make an immediate impact on the team. So far this season, Gay is averaging 19 points and 7 rebounds per game. The downside is that he is only shooting 19 percent from the field. Gay is still a high power scorer and it really seems that having Gay with take some of the load off star player DeMarcus Cousin is averaging around 23 points and 10 rebound per game. In addition to that, they have up and coming point guard Isaiah Thomas averaging 18 points and 5 assist, with other young talent such as Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton, and Jason Thompson who are really starting to improve their game.
With this deal, we should be looking forward to new look Kings team who will be making a little noise for that final playoff spot out in the Western Conference. The season is still long, and anything can happen between December to April. As of right now we see a lot of bright spots in the Kings and bringing in Gay will probably help they jump the curve and no longer be seen as the team that always at the bottom of the league. However, not all deal work out as planned. We just have to tune in and see what this NBA season has in stored for us this year.