(On timing and motivations behind Stephen King trade…) “D.C. had been asking for Stephen for a while. You look at that position, we’re pretty deep. Stephen’s a player where I think it’s going home for him. It’s three hours from his home. He went to college at Maryland. It’s good for him and his career. And I think, for us, who knows where D.C. is going to end up? That pick could be a decent second-round pick. Who knows where it will end up? When you look at the previous draft, there’s good talent at that position. We had Michael Seamon coming in and roster spots are something we’re going to have to make room for as well as the year goes on.”
(With Jaqua coming off IR soon, did the team have to make a move soon?) “It’s much better to be able to make the move and get something in return, then have to just put someone on waivers and get nothing for them. With Jaqua coming back, with Seamon coming in and Nkufo, we would’ve had to make some moves. The timing is right and I think we’re happy with it. And happy for Stephen too.
(Did the move have to be made right now for Jaqua?) “Not at the moment because Jaqua’s six games is coming up. But I think the timing of it, D.C. needed a player bad. We knew in the future, we’d need to make the move. I think it worked out and it’s going to work out for us in the next month or two.
(But Jaqua couldn’t have come back without a move?) “Right. And Stephen King was a bollow-the-line type of guy (developmental). He’s young enough to where he could count against the four.”