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NBA buyers and sellers are are labeled that way for good reason.
Buyers are looking for instant gratification… in other words, winning.
Sellers, on the other hand, are embracing short-term sacrifices… in other words, losing, for a big-picture view. The future.
The Sacramento Kings are most definitely in the latter category, as evidenced by their activity before the trade deadline Thursday.
The Kings parted ways with their biggest free-agent signing from last summer — point guard George Hill — and two of their 2016 draft picks, waiving center Georgios Papagiannis (the 13th overall selection in the 2016 draft) and trading Malachi Richardson to Toronto.
In return, Sacramento received Iman Shumpert from the Cleveland Cavaliers, veteran forward Joe Johnson from the Utah Jazz, Miami’s second-round pick in 2020 from the Cavaliers, end-of-the-bench forward Bruno Caboclo from Toronto and more than $3 million.
The deals were announced Thursday and Kings General Manager Vlade Divac and assistant GM Brandon Williams will discuss the moves at a press conference.
In sending Hill, who was signed to a three-year, $57 million deal last summer to Cleveland, the Kings achieve some salary-cap flexibility for this summer, even if the 27-year-old Shumpert, as expected, exercises his player option for $11 million next season.
Johnson, 36, a seven-time All-Star, is headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer. The veteran swingman is expected to seek a buyout from the Kings, with an eye on joining a playoff-bound team, perhaps Golden State, Houston or Boston.
Also part of the deal with Cleveland, Sacramento shipped the draft rights to center Arturas Gudaitis, acquired in a 2015 deal with Philadelphia, to Cleveland for the draft rights to Greek forward Dimitrios Agravanis.