The Kings’ search for a big man has led them into the woods – Loren Woods, that is.
The 7-foot-2 free agent and five-year veteran worked out for the Kings last weekend, according to a team source. Woods, a second-round pick in the 2001 draft by Minnesota, played sparingly in Toronto the past two seasons. The Arizona product has rebounding and shotblocking capabilities that could come in handy if he flourished, but has always struggled to see court time.
His best season was in 2004-05, when he averaged 3.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes in 45 games. Since playing in 60 games as a rookie, the 45 games was his highest total.
Mostly, Woods could fit the bill as a relatively cheap, young, perhaps promising option for the team that has little financial room left before the luxury tax threshold hits and needs a big man to back up Brad Miller big time. They have already considered Michael Olowokandi, Kelvin Cato and Scot Pollard. But it looks like the Kings are headed for Woods.
– Sam Amick