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Royal Reading: Should the Kings explore a trade for Jrue Holiday?

The numbers could work in a deal for Buddy Hield.

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The 2020 NBA offseason is right around the corner. The Sacramento Kings and new general manager Monte McNair have just under six weeks left until the season begins, so the team will have some time to make moves that will help end the 14-year playoff drought.

With Buddy Hield reportedly not answering head coach Luke Walton’s calls, the first big move the Kings could make is a trade involving Hield. However, they’re not going to trade Hield just to trade him — they’re going to try and get the most value for him, and that could come from the New Orleans Pelicans.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Pelicans are shopping guard Jrue Holiday to other teams, and The Athletic’s Zach Harper shared why he thinks there could be a deal with Sacramento in a recent roundtable:

“When the Pelicans traded for DeMarcus Cousins, they discovered Holiday is actually more comfortable off the ball. So putting him next to De’Aaron Fox is an ideal pairing. The question is whether or not the Pelicans (under a new regime) want to bring back Buddy Hield. Because that’s what a deal would look like. Hield isn’t happy in Sacramento and the Pelicans can use more shooting. Hield plus picks (Kings have firsts to protect or extra seconds to send) might be a good enough haul for Holiday.”

The key for McNair is putting the right pieces around Fox, who should take another step in his development. Holiday is due roughly $52 million over the next two years, so a trade for Hield will work under the salary cap, while also providing future financial flexibility with Hield having an extra two seasons on his deal.

The 30-year-old averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists while shooting 35.3% from deep last season. Holiday had a net rating of +0.5, the third-best on an average Pelicans team. New Orleans was 5.3 points better per 100 possessions with Holiday on the floor last season.

If McNair and Co. do want to move on from Hield, how do you think Holiday would fit with the Kings?

On to some links:

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