If Kings make trade, saving money will be motive

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At $44 million, the Sacramento Kings have the lowest payroll in the NBA this season.

Still, at the trading deadline they will be sellers with their primary motive is to keep costs down and preserve their cap space heading into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Sam Amick of FanHouse in a detailed post on what the Kings are thinking.

The only way they will take on more salary is in a “can’t miss” opportunity, Amick says. Those are rare. Teams don’t really give away “can’t miss” guys.

That doesn’t mean that Omri Casspi, Carl Landry or particularly Samuel Dalembert will not be moved. Amick says that New York, Chicago, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers have all expressed interest in Casspi. A lot of teams need front line help and may want Landry or Dalembert.

However, any deal with the Kings almost certainly will have a couple of features:

First, some other team will take on one of the Kings long-term contracts they want to dump. You can have Casspi or Landry, but you need to take on Francisco Garcia, too (owned $11.9 million over the two seasons after this one). The Kings would sorely miss Garcia in the locker room and on the court, Amick notes, but such is their cost-saving mentality right now that they would move him to save money.

Secondly, any deal will be for other expiring deals with picks thrown in as sweetener. The Kings want to rebuild around DeMarcus Cousins — who has played better in recent weeks — and Tyreke Evans. They want to keep salary costs down. They are not shipping out Garcia and some talent to take on equally bad (or worse) deals.

Still, the Kings are a team to watch as we start to move to the trade deadline.

Kevin Durant blocks Dejounte Murray twice on one shot (VIDEO)

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Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.

That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.

The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.

Draymond Green flops to sell call, Gregg Popovich just laughs

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That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.

But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.

We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.

Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge nails three from one knee during warmups (VIDEO)

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Take that Stephen Curry.

Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.

If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.

Stephen Curry drains shots from near half court during warmups like they’re layups

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Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.

Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.

We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.