Disgruntled Kings center Dewayne Dedmon has taken his trade request public, and likely earned himself a fine in the process. Dedmon spoke with Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee and confirmed that he’d like to be traded. Dedmon told Anderson he felt his talents weren’t appreciated by the Kings. He also indicated he feels there’s a double standard at play regarding his shooting woes.
“I’m not the only person struggling with my shot, so if that’s a factor then it’s kind of crazy,” Dedmon said. “If you’re not allowed to shoot through your slumps, I don’t know how you’re supposed to make shots.”
Dedmon was removed from the Kings starting lineup after 5 games in which he shot 18.2% from 3 and 34.6% overall, while committing nearly three turnovers per game. Dedmon wasn’t just shooting poorly, he was committing turnovers and making enough mistakes to make you think the MonStars had decided they needed a stretch 5.
Although he was moved to the bench, Dedmon was still receiving opportunities to play through his slump. After being moved to the bench Dedmon played an average of 13.8 minutes per game for the next 16 games, and although he was better than his first five games, he still shot just 24.3% from 3 and 42.9% overall.
What’s frustrating is that Dedmon will almost certainly bounce back with whatever team he plays for next. We’ve seen it countless times. Marco Belinelli, George Hill, the list goes on and on. Vets show up after being overpaid, forget how to play basketball, leave, remember how to play basketball. And whoever trades for Dedmon is doing so knowing the Kings have zero leverage and knowing there’s a good chance Dedmon returns to form. The Kings won’t get a good return. We’ve seen this all before.
I don’t know why Dedmon has been such a disaster here. He should have been a perfect fit — a rim protector who could space the floor on offense. Maybe it was something about Luke Walton’s system, maybe Dedmon’s two years in Atlanta were just a fluke, but whatever the reason, he’s been bad. Nobody complained when he started getting DNPs.
The Kings have let it be known that they’ll look to trade him but won’t hurt themselves to get him out the door. At this point, they’ll be lucky to receive any sort of positive asset in return. It’s a disappointing conclusion to Dedmon’s story in Sacramento.