After a horrid start to the season, the Sacramento Kings have rebounded nicely, winning 5 of their last 10 games to snag the 9th seed in the West.
Apparently, the Kings may be looking to the trade market for an extra boost to their postseason hopes. In a report by Frank Urbina of HoopsHype, LaMarcus Aldridge has surfaced as a possible target.
“Landing Aldridge would be huge for their playoff odds this season, something they haven’t done since 2005-06, the longest active stretch of futility in the NBA. The one area the Kings could use some help is at the frontcourt, where young buck Richaun Holmes is presently the starter. To be sure, the 26-year-old Holmes is doing a commendable job at the moment, averaging career-highs in points (10.9), rebounds (8.1) and blocks (1.5), but there’s no question Aldridge would both provide an upgrade to Sacramento’s starting five, while allowing Holmes to come off the bench, where he’d present matchup nightmares against opposing backup centers.”
With little depth in the frontcourt, Aldridge would have an immediate impact in Sacramento. His size and scoring ability would open up space for others to work on offense and take the pressure off De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield to carry the load.
This season, at 34-years-old, Aldridge is putting up All-Star numbers, averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds on 51.7% shooting.