A lot of people are still hoping Andrei Kirilenko is a player the Kings can go out and get. At 3 years 27 million it's a risk, but this team is at that juncture where a risk is more than reasonable. In fact, a risk is outright mandatory for a team that needs to get back to the playoffs as soon as this season.
I'm going to examine potential trade candidates that would require limited or very little other than financial relief from the contract. Before I do that, I want to make it clear that there are few players out there will be available for pure "cap relief" that are also enticing. The idea of this list is to find players who, for whatever reason, could rebound from poor production making their contract difficult to move. In my opinion, this is the one area where the Kings have a quality opportunity to find a player whose contract, otherwise impossible to take on, can help you in the interim and provide you with quality play in the next few years.
Marvin Williams Atlanta
No-one else on the roster even qualifies, and according to StoryTellers contract info (a must bookmark--Twitter here), Atlanta happens to have just crossed into the tax territory.
Demands from Atlanta? The only realistic asking price would be Donte Greene or Hassan Whiteside. Of the two, Donte most likely would be the asking price (mostly because the Hawks need a roster filler and Greene is a cheap test run at the worst). Does Atlanta do this? I do have my doubts. Rick Sund is known to over-demand talent in return for players like Williams which hurts things. As long as Atlanta wishes to pretend that it has a championship level team, trading for Williams is likely to take a major piece in return. There is no way the Kings do this.
Would I do this? Williams is due just under 25 million (24.9 million more precisely) and has produced very mediocre numbers in Atlanta. Would he be the type of player that would benefit from an up-tempo system? My opinion is yes as Atlanta is a very slow team which doesn't help Williams much.
When judging a deal like this, is it possible the Kings could lose just money and little else? Well, that's pretty much what the deal would be. I don't think Williams is on Petrie's radar, but I do believe he is the type of player that would benefit from a change of scenery and an up tempo system. Time is running out to get players who can contribute on a roster and do so quickly.
Chances of happening? 20-80 and that's being kind. Other than Josh Childress, I would rather have Williams than any other player on this list.