Are the Kings being too patient in their rebuild or should... “I think they believe they can sit back and just take the high picks that come their way. These rebuilds take forever if you’re not proactive,” a general manager said. “I think they’ve (Kings veterans) lost significant value.” The Kings are likely to part with some of their older assets at some point — either by trade or letting their contracts run out, or even by buying them out — but have they missed their window on maximizing a return? The answer seems to be yes, but it also depends on whether Blake is able to work some negotiation magic and if some of the players can find their games again on this floundering team. Jeff Carter is the only veteran whose play has gotten better from a year ago, even if his numbers haven’t improved. But he’s not seen as a guy other GMs desperately need. At least not right now. “Even Carter won’t garner much asset value,” the GM said. And that’s if Carter will allow a trade. Last season, he was rumored to have threatened retirement if dealt from the Kings. “Carter rejected trades last year, wants to finish in L.A.” an NHL team scout said. Maybe some of you can now understand the logic in trading Carter when he still had plenty of term and money on his contract? Especially after Kopitar crapped the bed in 2016-17, the year after he signed his deal.