NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 20th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (11-44) at Memphis Grizzlies (15-39), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings are hoping a flurry of roster moves will help them improve upon the NBA's worst record. The team will unveil its new-look roster in tonight's clash with the Memphis Grizzlies from the FedEx Forum.
Sacramento underwent a major overhaul in the final days before Thursday's trade deadline, acquiring forwards Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons from Chicago in exchange for two-time All-Star center Brad Miller and guard John Salmons on Wednesday and dealing forward Shelden Williams and rookie guard Bobby Brown to Minnesota for guard Rashad McCants and center Calvin Booth one day later.
The Kings also traded Ruffin to Portland for forward Ike Diogu and brought in guard Will Solomon from Toronto as part of a three-way trade with Boston. In addition, guards Sam Cassell and Quincy Douby and center Mikki Moore were all waived to make room for the new additions.
Gooden, who averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 31 games with the Bulls this season, has been sidelined with a strained left groin since January 20 and will not make his Kings debut tonight.
The renovations were primarily made to clear salary cap space for the future, as Sacramento is well out of the playoff mix with an 11-44 record and has lost six straight and 14 of its last 15 games. The club has also dropped nine in a row on the road and has compiled a brutal 3-26 overall mark as the visitor this season.
Sacramento's latest defeat came to visiting Atlanta on Wednesday, when former King Mike Bibby burned his old team for 29 points to lead the Hawks to a 105-100 triumph.
Kevin Martin racked up 32 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Sacramento, while Spencer Hawes also produced a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards and Beno Udrih finished with 18 points.
Memphis also made some changes at the deadline, trading reserve point guard Kyle Lowry to Houston on Thursday in a three-way swap that netted veteran center Adonal Foyle and journeyman guard Mike Wilks from Orlando as well as the Magic's first-round pick in the 2009 draft. The Grizzlies also acquired center Chris Mihm from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a conditional draft choice in 2013.
The Grizzlies return home after winding up winless on a three-game road trip through Philadelphia, Utah and Portland. Memphis ended the trek with a 94-90 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Rudy Gay paced the Grizzlies with 20 points and O.J. Mayo scored 19 in the loss, while point guard Mike Conley dished out 10 assists to go along with 15 points.
Memphis is just 12-18 at the FedEx Forum on the season but has won three of its last four outings in its home venue.
Home teams have reigned supreme in this series in recent years, winning six straight meetings and 13 of the last 14 matchups between these teams. Sacramento has lost in six of its last seven trips to Memphis, including a 109-94 setback on November 18.
02/20 10:35:45 ET