The Sacramento Kings have made a trade with their Pacific Division rivals, the L.A. Clippers. The Kings acquired forward Mfiondu Kabengele, a future second-rounder and cash in exchange for a protected future second-round pick.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news and offered up some more details.
Kings used a trade exception that would've expired today on deal. Both second-round picks are heavily protected and unlikely to convey, sources said. Kings get a young forward to evaluate -- and cash; Clippers create a roster spot. https://t.co/MpqjAm4UOX— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 23, 2021
Kabengele has played in 23 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 1.2 points and 0.6 rebounds in 4.1 minutes per game.
Kabengele’s per 36 minutes numbers are encouraging at 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. If general manager Monte McNair elects to deal big men Nemanja Bjelica and Hassan Whiteside before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, we could see Kabengele get some extra minutes during the final stretch of the regular season.
The Clippers declined to pick up Kabengele’s option, so he will be a free agent at the conclusion of the season.