In recent weeks we’ve seen several reports that the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat have been engaged in trade talks this summer, although a substantial rumor had yet to materialize. None of those reports mentioned any specifics until today, when Basketball Insider’s Michael Scotto reported that one deal that was discussed involved Goran Dragic being sent to the Kings in return for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison.
Unlike a lot of rumors, there seems to be substantial benefits on both sides for such a deal. While Rudy Gay and Darren Collison are both starters and valuable players to this team, both are on the last year of their contracts and seem unlikely to re-sign in Sacramento, especially in Gay’s case. Dragic would give the Kings a longer-term solution at Point Guard, a position they’ve been seeking help at for quite a while.
Miami would get two starters for the price of one, with Gay helping shoulder some of the offensive load in Chris Bosh’s absence, and Collison would add a veteran presence to a young backcourt. The trade would also have the added benefit of clearing a lot of future salary for Miami and Pat Riley, as they figure to be a big player in Free Agency next summer.
Like most rumors, the odds that this deal happens as is isn’t likely (there’s a reason most trades that do go through aren’t often leaked in advance) but I definitely think there’s some merit in it as something that could help both franchises involved.