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Josh Smith looks like a shot-blocking option for the Kings.
Trade talk was abuzz at the draft before the Kings kept their pick and took Stauskas. Rumors were floating around, courtesy of ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, that the Kings were amenable to trading for either Rajon Rondo or Josh Smith.
Of those two possibilities, Josh Smith would be the better choice to improve the team's shot-blocking.
Even though the team is up against the cap, the Kings have some wiggle room in the expiring contracts of Derrick Williams, Reggie Evans, Travis Outlaw and Jason Terry.
The Kings could acquire the athletic shot-blocker for Terry and Williams. Smith could then be a solid partner to the soon-to-be All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.
Sacramento would have a high-scoring frontcourt with the ability to alter and block shots. Combining the big men with a developing perimeter would put the Kings in a more favorable position in the Western Conference standings.
If the Kings don’t get the likes of a game-changer like Smith, expect the Kings to acquire a lesser-known talent that fits into the team's budget.