It has been reported that the Kings and Nets have engaged in trade talks involving Nets point guard Deron Williams.
The Kings would trade Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Deron Williams and hopefully Mason Plumlee. The Nets do not want to trade Plumlee and is considered off limits.
Why would the Kings want this trade? On name alone Deron Williams sounds better than Darren Collison.
If you look at the numbers, both players average 15.6 ppg. Williams has a slight edge in assists and Collison has a slight edge in rebounds. Collison shoots better from the field but Williams is a better long range shooter. Both guys play around 34 minutes a game.
Deron Williams is due to make $19 million this season, $21 million next season and then $22 million in the 2016-17 season. Collison on the other hands is due to make $4 million this season, $5 million next season and $5 million in 2016-17.
Williams has had injury concerns for years now and is dealing with a right calf strain. He is not worth the money he is getting now and the Kings should not take such a risk. Collison is doing the exact same thing as Williams and for far less money.
If the Kings make this trade it would be another mishap for this new ownership. The Kings are very good with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay but they need more pieces to compete for a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference. They were 9-6 when Cousins played and after missing 10 games the Kings fired their coach.
The Kings made their first mistake in June during the NBA draft. The Kings had a core of DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore. McLemore was coming off a subpar rookie season but he’s only 21 years old and has plenty of room to grow.
More than anything the Kings needed a point guard going into the draft. There were three highly touted point guards in this past draft; Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton. Exum was the young kid that people wondered about, Smart was a strong defensive player who could score the ball and Payton was rising up the draft board as a skilled defensive guard.
The Kings decided to reach out to the NBA analytics community for help with their draft. The Kings selected Nik Stauskas with the eighth pick in the draft. You can check out the Draft War Room with the Kings to see how they came up with their decision.
Exum and Smart were off the board and instead of picking a point guard with good size they decided to pick a shooting guard. They let Isaiah Thomas walk in free agency and picked up Darren Collison in July. Stauskas has not done much this season and shoots just 24% from beyond the arc.
Why would they draft another shooting guard when they drafted Ben McLemore the year before? McLemore has shown strides this season and averages 12 ppg while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.
Now in December the Kings want to trade Collison for Williams. They needed a point guard and should have drafted a point guard. This trade will not help the Kings in the long run. Williams is an overpaid guard who has injury concerns.
A core of Elfrid Payton, Cousins, Gay and McLemore would have been very good going forward in the Western Conference. The Kings messed up in that draft and are looking to make a big move that will hurt them going forward.
Deron Williams is not the same player and the Kings should not trade for him.