Report: Kings open to trading Nik Stauskas for frontcourt help

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The Sacramento Kings selected Nik Stauskas with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 draft, and already he might be on the block. CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that the Kings are looking for help in the frontcourt and are open to moving Stauskas to do so:

Determined to find an upgrade to complement inside force DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings are seeking frontcourt help in a trade and are willing to discuss first-round pick Nik Stauskas in the deal, league sources told CBSSports.com.

The Kings want to pair Cousins with a frontline player who would fit with his post-up skills — either a stretch four or above-the-rim defender, sources said. They’ve fielded numerous calls about Stauskas, whose opportunities have been limited with the steadily improving play of Ben McLemore.

Sacramento thus far has rebuffed teams inquiring about Stauskas, the sharpshooter from Michigan whom they selected with the eighth overall pick in the draft. But the Kings’ motivation to put a “high-level” player next to Cousins on the front line has heightened, making them finally willing to include Stauskas in trade talks.

The idea is noble: Cousins has emerged as a legitimate All-Star, so it makes sense that the Kings would want to get an upgrade over Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to pair with him. But this is awfully soon to give up on Stauskas, who hasn’t had many real opportunities to contribute. Plus, it’s not clear which frontcourt players may actually be available for the Kings to go after. Brandon Bass doesn’t move the needle.

The Kings are continuing to make bizarre decisions since firing Mike Malone earlier in the season.