Hi, I'm visiting from Sactown Royalty, the Sacramento Kings SB Nation blog. As a fan of the second-losingest squad in the NBA, I've been thinking a lot about the future of my team. I've decided that Caron Butler would be perfect for the Kings. Obviously there are about 29 teams in the league that could use Butler, but I think that he would be a perfect fit in Sacramento for reasons with which I won't bore you.
I imagine that the Wiz's braintrust counts Butler as a phenomenal value at appx $10M, but I wonder if anyone here can (as unpleasant as it might be for you) envision any scenarios resulting in Butler being moved. For instance, isn't it pretty likely that you guys will be over the cap next season? And would your owner stand for being over the cap if his team remained in the cellar (a big if, I know)? What about dumping big contracts for the 2010 free-agent bonanza, ie. the Summer of LeBron? Is Caron tired of Gilbert or vice versa?
I'm not trying to wish bad juju on your team, just looking for any bleak ray of hope for the Kings getting a great player via trade. Since the Kings will have many of the chips that can net big-time players like Butler (expiring contracts, young talent, potentially high draft picks) in 2009, I'm hoping you all don't think he's untouchable. Look forward to knowing your thoughts.