The first big trade of the deadline happened late Tuesday/early Wednesday (depending on your time zone), with a massive 12 player deal between the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, and Atlanta Hawks. The centerpieces of the trade were Robert Covington heading to Houston and Clint Capela heading to Atlanta. The rest of the trade involved some draft picks and a bunch of role players. Not to downplay the importance of those players, but Evan Turner and Malik Beasley were the next biggest names involved.
So what now?
First, that trade takes Houston and Atlanta off the list of potential Dewayne Dedmon suitors. Houston doesn’t have the contracts to make a reasonable trade work, and Atlanta has Capela.
What it does help with is the general ability for trades to happen. Capela and Covington were two of the biggest dominoes on the market. Teams were likely to wait until those deals happened before making smaller moves. Now that the first big move has happened, other deals can take shape. We may not see much movement today, with teams generally waiting until closer to the deadline to finalize moves.
For the Kings, I’ll be surprised if Dedmon moves at this point. It’s just hard to see a team that needs a center and has the contracts to match Dedmon. That’s the downside to the “Sacramento tax” we so often try to convince ourselves is ok. If you overpay a guy to come to Sacramento and he doesn’t work out, you’re now stuck trading a contract in excess of a player’s value, and it can be harder to find matching contracts.
There haven’t been any new rumors around Bogdan Bogdanovic. It still sounds like the Kings are comfortable keeping him and working with him as a restricted free agent in the summer. A deal could always come together, but it seems like it would need to be a significant offer.
The player I think is most likely to move, if the Kings do any trades at all, is Nemanja Bjelica. Bjelly is on a very good contract for his production, and there are plenty of teams that would love a stretch four who shoots like Nemanja. This isn’t to suggest the Kings are eager to trade him, but he stands out as the player I could see as most likely to move in the next 36 hours.
If any notable rumors pop up we’ll be sure to cover them, and of course we’ll cover any trades the Kings make. In the meantime, use this thread to discuss any other trades or rumors that happen throughout the league today.