The NBA Trade Deadline is approaching in two weeks, and the Sacramento Kings have been at the center of a lot of trade rumors. The Kings have several veterans on favorable/movable contracts. If the front office decides not to pursue the playoffs this season, the team could recoup a lot of assets for its veterans.
We’ll be keeping track of the latest news regarding each player here up until the deadline.
Marvin Bagley III
- On March 22, Yahoo reported that the Kings tried to trade Bagley for Saddiq Bey, but Detroit said no.
- The Kings are known to have shopped Bagley as of March 5, but they haven’t found willing takers.
- Sam Amick reports that prospective teams are scared by Bagley’s price tag — not what it would take to get him from Sacramento, but how much they’d have to pay Bagley in the upcoming seasons.
- Barnes said on March 11 that he had no idea what his trade status was, and the Kings appear to be determined to keep Barnes around for their rebuild.
- Several front-office executives believe it’s a matter of when, not if, the Celtics swing a deal for Barnes, who fits neatly into the trade exception they created when the signed and traded Gordon Hayward to Charlotte. That’s of course assuming Danny Ainge is willing to pull the trigger on the team’s first midseason deal since 2015.
- About a month ago (Feb. 12), the word from the Kings was that they had zero interest in moving Barnes. 11 losses in 13 games might have changed that stance.
- HoopsHype reported on March 19 that the Kings don’t want to take back long-term salary in a Bjelica deal.
- Sam Amick reported on March 15 that the Pacers have joined the ranks of suitors for Bjelica.
- Shams Charania reported on March 6 that Philadelphia, Miami, Golden State, Milwaukee and Boston all had interested in acquiring Bjelica.
- A reminder that Bjelica felt disrespected by being behind Bagley in the rotation and chose not to play until injury issues opened up more minutes for him.
- In the March 22 “Inside Pass”, Shams Charania reported that the Hornets and Raptors were both interested in acquiring Holmes.
- There will be interest in Richaun Holmes (there’s an argument that the Raptors are a compelling fit), but the center has expressed his interest in remaining in Sacramento long-term.
- Buddy Hield was at the height of trade speculation last summer, but his name hasn’t come up in any concrete trade reporting thus far.
- If the Kings end up conducting a fire sale, Hassan Whiteside could fetch a second-round pick or simply be bought out as a favor to the veteran.
- The Kings have reached out to the Atlanta Hawks about John Collins.