When the Kings traded John Salmons to Chicago with Brad Miller on Feb. 18, 2009, they viewed the deal as one that would help the team rebuild for the future. Salmons was averaging a then-career-high 18.3 points, but the Kings were looking to shed salaries and begin developing young players. The Kings were 11-44 on the day of the trade and well on their way to the worst record in the NBA with 17 wins. Salmons went on to be a key player in playoff runs for the Bulls that spring and the next season in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Kings continued to wallow near the bottom of the standings.
Salmons living up to hopes
Sacramento Bee | Dec 15