Kings Acquire Draft Rights to Two Players in Five-Player Trade with 76ers
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has acquired the draft rights to Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Carl Landry, forward-center Jason Thompson, guard Nik Stauskas and future draft considerations, according to Vlade Divac, President of Basketball and Franchise Operations.
“Jason, Carl and Nik are all tremendous professionals and we’re grateful for their contributions,” said Divac. “Jason leaves an indelible mark in Sacramento as the team’s alltime leader in games played, but he was also a champion in the community. Carl and Nik were well regarded as teammates and respected stewards of the organization during their time as Kings. We wish them all great success in the future.”
Gudatis, a 6-10, 254-pound center who plays for BC Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian Basketball League, was selected by Philadelphia in the second round (47th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft. Mitrovic, a 6-9, 225-pound forward, was selected by the 76ers in the second round (60th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft. He currently plays for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade of the Basketball League of Serbia. Averaging 8.6 points (.429 FG%, .780 FT%), 5.2 rebounds and 24.7 minutes per game in 24 contests (20 starts), Mitrovic helped Crvena Zvezda win the Adriatic League championship, the Serbian League championship and the Radivoj Korać Cup.
Landry averaged 7.2 points (.515 FG%, .820 FT%) 3.8 rebounds, and 17.0 minutes per game in 70 contests (15 starts) for the Kings during the 2014-15 season. Signed as a free agent by the Kings on July 15, 2003, the nine-year NBA veteran has career averages of 10.9 points (.534 FG%, .788 FT%), 5.0 rebounds and 23.0 minutes in 477 appearances with Houston (2007-08 – 2009-10), Sacramento (2009-10 – 2010-11, 2013-14 – 2014-15), New Orleans (2010-11 – 2011-12) and Golden State (2012-13).
Stauskas, selected by the Kings in the first round (8th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 4.4 points (.365 FG%, .322 3pt%, .859 FT%), 1.2 rebound, 0.9 assists and 15.4 minutes per game in 73 games in his rookie campaign. He scored in double-figures on eight occasions.
Thompson, the Kings all-time leader in games played in the Sacramento era, averaged 6.1 points (.470 FG%, 0-1 3pt, .622 FT%), 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 24.6 minutes per game in 81 games in 2014-15. Selected by Sacramento as a senior out of Rider in the first round (12th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, Thompson has shot 50 percent or higher from the field in four of the last five seasons.