NBA Draft Rumors: Al Jefferson Relocating to Sacramento?

Zeeshan KhanContributor IIJune 20, 2010

PHOENIX - MARCH 16:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 16, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 152-114.  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 License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, there have been a lot of trade rumors. Many involve the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are reportedly targeting Anthony Randolph. Those rumors, however, died when the Warriors announced that they have no intentions of trading Anthony Randolph.

That started new rumors, this time involving the Sacramento Kings and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

People are speculating that the Kings might send their number five pick in the draft to Minnesota for Al Jefferson.

This will enable the Timberwolves to get both Wesley Johnson and DeMarcus Cousins. 

It will give the Kings a great low post scorer to compliment Tyreke Evans.

However, Al Jefferson is a liability on defense and they already have Carl Landry.

Landry isn't the type of scorer that Jefferson is. He doesn't have fancy post moves like Jefferson but he hustles a lot and gets tons of points in that way.

If this trade were to go down, Al Jefferson would likely start alongside Samuel Dalembert. Landry would likely be asked to come off the bench as the sixth man.

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The Kings could also play a lineup with Landry and Jefferson in spurts. This would hurt them defensively,but it would be a better offensive lineup than with Dalembert on the floor.

Overall, I see this trade helping the Timberwolves a lot more than helping the Kings.

The Kings should go for this deal if they feel confident about a core of Tyreke and Al.

Landry is also a lot cheaper than Jefferson and I don't see the point of paying extra salary unless you're confident your team can get to the playoffs.

Seeing Tyreke,however,makes me think that the Kings are more intent on getting pieces to help him out in Sacramento.

If they can get Jefferson,it will be a big piece for them!


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