Posted by Royce Young
The Kings appear on the verge of turning things over. While Paul Westphal and Geoff Petrie might be safe -- for now -- some changes look like they're coming. According to ESPN.com, the Sacramento is openly shopping guard Omri Casspi and is likely looking to move forward Carl Landry as well.
Reportedly the teams that have raised their hands in regards to Casspi are the Bulls and the Knicks.
Chicago, who missed out on J.J. Redick this summer when Orlando matched on his restricted contract, has been intent on adding another shooter to the rotation. Kyle Korver obviously is a marksman, but he's a one-dimensional marksman. Casspi, the Bulls believe, can be more of a well-rounded player that can defend, shoot and even create a little.
The Knicks, who couldn't seem to get Rudy Fernandez over the summer, would like Casspi for the same reasons. Good shooter, good scorer and a lengthy versatile defender. Honestly, the Knicks have a higher need, but because of the ever-complicated Carmelo Anthony situation, might balk at giving up any assets to seal the deal.
As mentioned in the original report, there are hurdles to jump for any potential suitors though. The Maloof brothers love Casspi not just as a player but as a diplomat. Having Casspi, the first Israeli-born player ever in the NBA, broadens your fanbase immediately. That's a nice perk on top of having a nice player. The Kings would likely attach a long-term contract to any deal involving Casspi who's earning a slim $1.25 million this year. Naturally that could dismiss the Bulls and Knicks who likely want to hold on to cap space like grim death.
On the other front, Carl Landry is reportedly "highly unlikely" to re-sign with the Kings, meaning Sacramento will probably ramp up efforts to move the forward. He has value out on the market right now and the Kings don't want to come out empty-handed on the trade that moved Kevin Martin out of town.
Landry is earning just $3 million on an expiring deal so a contender could be extremely interested in swooping his services up for a little run. (One team that comes to mind for me is the Thunder. They need an extra inside presence and have the assets to swing such a deal.) The Kings though aren't going to ask for pennies. They'll want real assets or picks for Landry, which is a lot to pay if it's just two months of renting him.
Sacramento is ready to start moving parts around. The current roster just doesn't seem to be headed in the direction the organization wants and while certain parts like DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans are off limits, others like Landry, Casspi, Francisco Garcia and even Jason Thompson might be for sale.