Kosta Koufos Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Kings C

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Kosta Koufos #41 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 23, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rocky Widner/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings have no shortage of frontcourt options at the moment, so Kosta Koufos could be used as a trade chip ahead of the Feb. 23 deadline.

Continue for updates.


Rockets Show Interest in Koufos

Friday, Dec. 30

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Friday that the Houston Rockets have set their sights on Koufos as they look to add to their depth at center.

Trading for Koufos would be a sensible addition for the Rockets. According to NBA.com, Houston is 26th in points allowed in the paint (45.7 points per game). The team is also allowing opposing teams to shoot 63.4 percent inside five feet, which is 28th.

Although he doesn't offer a lot of value on the offensive end, Koufos is a solid rim protector. The Kings are allowing four fewer points per 100 possessions when he's on the court, per NBA.com.

Below is a look at how shooters have performed when matched up against the 27-year-old, courtesy of NBA.com's player tracking data:

Kosta Koufos—Opponent Shooting
SplitFGMFGAFG%Avg. FG%Diff.
Overall11124046.348.1-1.9%
Three-Pointers154434.137.0-2.9%
Two-Pointers9619649.051.6-2.6%
Less Than Six Feet609761.961.70.2%
Less Than 10 Feet7614253.556.9-3.4%
Greater Than 15 Feet298235.438.7-3.3%
Source: NBA.com

Acquiring Koufos would likely come at a fairly steep cost. The Cleveland Cavaliers surrendered two first-round picks to get Timofey Mozgov in January 2015.

Still, the Rockets are having an unexpectedly good season. Most expected Houston to be on the fringe of the Western Conference playoff picture, not holding down the third seed in the West.

If the Rockets hope to make a deep playoff run, they'll have to improve defensively. Adding Koufos would undoubtedly help address that concern.

Related

    Report: Thibs Failed to Get Butler to Rejoin Team

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Report: Thibs Failed to Get Butler to Rejoin Team

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    Who Will Be Best Player on Kings?

    Sacramento Kings logo
    Sacramento Kings

    Who Will Be Best Player on Kings?

    A Royal Pain
    via A Royal Pain

    Should the Kings Make a Play for Jimmy Butler?

    Sacramento Kings logo
    Sacramento Kings

    Should the Kings Make a Play for Jimmy Butler?

    A Royal Pain
    via A Royal Pain

    Klay 'Not Really' Curious About Testing Free Agency

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Klay 'Not Really' Curious About Testing Free Agency

    Scott Polacek
    via Bleacher Report