This is the same organization that just continued their streak of sticking their fingers into sockets by trading Tyrese Haliburton during the second year of his rookie deal for a handsomely paid, fringe All-Star power forward in Domantas Sabonis. Unleashed as a starter in Indiana, Haliburton averaged 17.5 points on shooting splits of 47.5 percent from the field, 41.6 percent behind the arc, 9.6 assists and 1.8 steals while Sacramento’s sorry ass win percentage after the deadline (.588) nearly equaled their pre-deadline record(.571).
Owner Vivek Ranadivé, whose basketball pedigree peaked at coaching his daughter’s middle school basketball team, proposed the Kings run a 4-on-5 defensive strategy involving a cherry picker remaining behind the half-court. One of those daughters, Anjali Ranadivé, is reportedly joining the Kings G League affiliate in an entry-level role as assistant general manager.
The Mavericks and Warriors Western Conference Finals series will occur during the 20th anniversary of the Kings organization’s preeminent moment in the 2002 Western Conference Final against the Kobe and Shaq Lakers. Kings fans have tasted the worst flavors of disappointment between narrowly losing the most electric Western Conference Finals series ever played and removing their brains to avoid making a no-brainer.
Fortunately, Luka was saved from being the NBA’s Mike Trout and The Association is better off for it.