Originally Posted by Interminator
Deal works for both teams in my opinion.
Well, let's take a look at this.
Zach is a potential problem with his off court attitude, and his weight is an issue. He also is a defensive liability, something the Kings are desperately trying to address. They don't need another big man who can't defend the paint.
Also, his contract has 30.7 mil left with two more seasons.
Jeffries is another big man that can step in and play the forward spot, but he would be playing behind Garcia anyway. IMO, you don't replace a guy like Jeffries with a guy like Salmons, because even though they are getting paid similar amounts, John has already proven he can be a legit starter, and Jeffries is still a bench player who hasn't fulfilled potential. He's just not worth what he's getting paid.
Jeffries' contract has two additional years and 12.5 mil left, with a player option for a third year at close to 7 mil.
Balkman is a nice piece, and I wouldn't mind the kings picking him up, but I don't think the Kings would want to acquire the contracts of Zach and Jeffries to get him.
Balkman is a bargain at 1.3 mil.
Now, as for the players the Kings would be getting rid of...
Salmons is an athletic 2/3 who has proven he can play when he starts. Coming off the bench is another issue for him, but when Artest was out for the beginning of the season, John was averaging 20/5/5 on 50% shooting (and playing good defense btw), and was a big reason why the Kings were competitive. With the potential opt out of Artest, I don't think they would trade him for Balkman at the forward spot.
Salmons has 3 years and almost 16.4 mil left on his deal, and gets paid less than Jeffries.
Moore isn't a great defender or rebounder for his size, but he is an efficient scorer who has a jumpshot. He has bad hands though, and fumbles passes a LOT. Although I wouldn't mind seeing him leave, I wouldn't trade him for Zach and Jeffries, who I don't see as upgrades, even when disregarding their deals.
Moore is getting MLE money, which is just under 6 mil.
Kenny Thomas has been benched and isn't contributing, so basically he's been just a paycheck, a large paycheck at that. He's making 8 mil next season, and I believe he can opt out after that, but he also has another year at 8.5 mil too.
So, when we evaluate this from a King's perspective, it doesn't work for them. They are dumping KT's big deal, but take on another huge one in Randolf, all the while creating another logjam at the forward spots and not upgrading from a talent perspective.
The Kings are focusing on creating cap space and developing their youth. There's no reason to take on Zach Randolf and his contract on this team, even if it does end the same year as KT's. There's no reason to take an overpaid Jeffries and switch him with Salmons, all in the hopes of getting Balkman. Not only that, but they are giving up a first round pick. The talent doesn't even out. Salmons is actually getting paid less than Jeffries for potentially the same amount of time, yet is the better player.
Basically, I could understand if the Kings were getting contracts that were putting the team in a better position, but these contracts are basically the same length, and Sac is getting less talent in return (oh, and paying more in contracts for those worse players). The bottom line is that it won't make the team better, and it won't put them in a better position for the future considering the deals and the pick.
This is also a team that won 38 games in the tightest west ever, all the while dealing with injuries, and inconsistent lineup because of injuries/trades/suspensions, and a first year head coach. They could possibly be a .500 team next season if they retain Beno.