NBA Rumors: Kings Target Wesley Mathews, To Deal Nik Stauskas With 76ers
In an effort to clear salary cap space, the Sacramento Kings have agreed to deal Nik Stauskas and others with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Kings are pursuing Portland Trail Blazers free agent Wesley Mathews, according to league sources.
The Kings are pursuing three big names in the free agent market, Mathews being one of them. Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo are the other two names, sources reveal. With Wesley Mathews they have secured a face to face meeting on Thursday. But Sacramento doesn’t have enough cap space to strike a deal with two of them. That’s why the Kings are eager to trade off the contracts of their 2014 first round pick, Nik Stauskas, forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson. This would definitely help the Kings to take their cap space to $16 million this summer.
Stauskas thanked the Kings and the fans in a Twitter post Wednesday night, and said he was excited to start a new chapter of his career with the Sixers.
Stauskas tweeted, “Thank you to the whole Kings organization for drafting me and helping me start my NBA career. The city and fans were awesome!”
Philadelphia will also receive a protected future first-round draft pick from the kings, by absorbing the above mentioned contracts as par the deal, according to Grantland.com. As a part of transaction, Philadelphia will also send at least one player’s rights, which it has already drafted to the Kings.