Sacramento Kings — Trading Away Nik Stauskas
As if you need any evidence that Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and General Manager Vlade Divac are the Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunn of the NBA, look no further than the team trading Nik Stauskas just one year after drafting him.
Ranadive famously hired a bunch of analytics interns to scout the 2014 NBA Draft, and then promptly ignored their recommendations when drafting Stauskas.
A year later, to open up cap space, the team traded Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, 2019 Unprotected first round pick, and two pick swap options for rights to Lithuanian prospect Arturas Gudaitis and Serbian prospect Luka Mitrovic, and a future second round pick.
The Kings then took all the money they saved through the trade and blew it on guys like Rajon Rondo and Marco Belinelli. Only the Kings.