Luke Walton hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to helicopter parents on his teams. In his second year with the Los Angeles Lakers, LaVar Ball — the outspoken father of the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Lonzo Ball — told ESPN that no one on the team wanted to play for Walton. Walton finished out that season, but he and the Lakers mutually agreed to part ways the following year.
Now in Sacramento, Walton is dealing with another boisterous father of a former No. 2 overall pick: Marvin Bagley II. Following the Kings’ 102-94 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, in which Marvin Bagley III played less than two minutes in the fourth quarter, Bagley’s father tweeted at the Kings’ official Twitter account, asking them to trade his son.
Marvin Bagley III's dad tweeted at the Kings to trade his son during their loss to the Rockets today. pic.twitter.com/NwxoY3ctZm— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 3, 2021
As if that wasn’t enough to cause a stir within the organization, De’Aaron Fox’s dad replied to a tweet from Tim Maxwell of The Kings Herald, which suggested he supports the idea of the Kings trading Bagley. If not Bagley III, then Bagley II.
Trade him— Aaron Fox (@aaronlfox5) January 4, 2021
Bagley II has since deleted his tweet, but Aaron Fox’s tweet is still up, to his son’s chagrin.
Jesus Christ— De'Aaron Fox (@swipathefox) January 4, 2021
Bagley had an opportunity to address his father’s comments and put an end to the speculation around his future with the team after the Kings’ practice on Sunday a, but he decided to ignore it altogether, and he asked reporters to do the same before his media availability.
“Before we start, if there’s no questions about the game tomorrow and what we’re going to do tomorrow, please don’t ask,” Bagley requested on Sunday. “I don’t want to give any extra information or nothing, so if you don’t have any questions about the team or tomorrow’s game, just hold off on those.”
When Bagley was pressed on the matter, he said that he was excited for the Kings’ next game against the Golden State Warriors. He could have said that his father doesn’t speak for him, like Ball has done on several occasions, but he didn’t. He also could have said that he wants to stay in Sacramento, but he didn’t — he said nothing, and in doing so, he created another distraction for his team, which has had a really productive season otherwise.
If Bagley is unahppy, that’s fine — he wouldn’t be the first player to ask out of Sacramento. Hell, he wouldn’t even be the first player on this team. And if he is happy, that’s great too, but right now, we have no idea how Bagley feels, and that, in and of itself, is an issue.
Hopefully it can be resolved sooner rather than later because for the first time in a while, the Kings seem to be on the right track.