Excuse the Utah Jazz if they don’t recognize Wednesday night’s opponent.
The Jazz visit Sacramento in a rematch of a game played just four nights ago in Utah.
Since the Kings’ 112-102 overtime victory, however, Sacramento has reshaped its roster by making a seven-player trade with Toronto.
The Kings acquired high-scoring Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray from the Raptors in exchange for veterans John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.
Salmons, Vasquez, Patterson and Hayes played a combined 91 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday night. They scored 18 points on 7-for-25 shooting.
From Sacramento’s perspective, Gay is the key to the deal. He averages 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds, but he takes 18.6 field-goal attempts per game and shoots 38 percent from the field.
Gay is expected to play his first game for the Kings against Utah.
"I think they are excited to get a guy like Rudy Gay," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, "[so] it works in their favor. He’s an extremely talented guy. He adds to the talent they have on that team. He can be a huge pickup for them. ... Once they get their rhythm going, they can be pretty good."
Another aspect to the trade?
By trading Vasquez, the Kings likely created some playing time behind starting point guard Isaiah Thomas for former BYU star Jimmer Fredette. He has played only 82 minutes in seven games this season.
Burks thriving off bench
Since rookie Trey Burke recovered from finger surgery and returned to the line-up, Alec Burks is playing well in his role as off-the-bench scorer.
When Burke was sidelined, Burks often found himself playing point guard. Now, Corbin is using him strictly as a shooting guard, with good results.
In the last seven games, Burks averages 18.3 points on 41 of 83 shooting. He scored 20 points in Monday’s 105-94 loss to Portland.
"[At] point guard, you’ve got the whole team to run [and] I ain’t really used to it,’ Burks said. "I [was] thrown into a situation to just try and help the team win. But shooting guard is my natural position."
Corbin sees Burks benefiting from not having to play quarterback.
Shooting guard, Corbin said, "... is his natural position. It’s more secondary in initiating the offense. You don’t have to get the ball down the floor. You don’t have to get the ball to guys in spots."
Corbin happy for Sloan
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