In the weeks leading up to the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 10,
there aren’t many teams that have emerged as sellers, as a Western
Conference executive pointed out last week.
“I think it will be a run-of-the-mill deadline as far as
activity,” the West executive told
BasketballNews.com. “On one hand, it’s wide open this
year, so more teams might be willing to make a move and really go
for it. On the other hand, there are so few sellers and there’s not
much of interest on those teams, so there may not be many impact
However, it’s safe to add one more team to the list of sellers:
the Sacramento Kings.
If it wasn’t already obvious that general manager Monte McNair
would look to shake things up, the Kings just lost back-to-back
home games against the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons, meaning
the team has dropped 7 of their last 9. At 18-29, the Kings
currently sit as the West’s 11th seed; they have the NBA's
10th-ranked offense (scoring 107.0 points per 100 possessions) and
27th-ranked defense (allowing 111.1 points per 100
Changes are likely coming in Sacramento.
De’Aaron Fox has been popping up in plenty of trade rumors
recently, with Ben Simmons and Domantas Sabonis mentioned as
possible incoming pieces. However, it sounds like the Kings will
hold onto Fox and Tyrese Haliburton and continue to build around
them going forward. It’s possible that could change between now and
the deadline, but it would take a “wild, over-the-top deal in order
to change their current stance,” according to James Ham of The Kings
While the backcourt duo is safe, it sounds like anyone else on
the roster could be moved over the next three weeks.
“Everyone not named De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton can be
had, for the right price,” Ham writes at The Kings Beat. “Core players like Buddy Hield,
Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes are available, according to a
source with knowledge of the situation. The hope is that there are
different combinations of players that somehow fit better with Fox
Hield is no stranger to trade rumors, as he’s been involved in
talks for some time. He was nearly traded last offseason, with the
Los Angeles Lakers among the teams showing significant interest.
The 29-year-old hasn’t exactly hidden the fact that he’s
disgruntled, liking several tweets that indicated he
wants out of Sacramento. In his sixth NBA season, Hield is
averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 threes and 2.0 assists on
.395/.383/.867 shooting splits. For his career, he’s a 40.3%
three-point shooter. Hield is earning $23,073,234 this season and
he's under contract for two more years (at $21,177,750 and
Holmes has developed into an excellent two-way center in recent
years. Last offseason, he re-signed with Sacramento on a
four-year, $46.5 million deal. Considering his production, his
contract is one of the NBA’s best bargains, making him a great
trade asset for the Kings. Holmes’ deal does have a 15% trade
kicker (so he’ll be earning slightly more if he gets dealt,
as well as a player option in 2024-25. This season, the 28-year-old
big man is averaging 12.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on
.698/.500/.788 shooting splits. The Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte
Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors were reportedly among
the teams that expressed interest in Holmes over the offseason.
Barnes has been linked to a number of teams, with the Los
Angeles Lakers reportedly among the squads
expressing interest in him. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher
Report, “Sacramento fielded strong offers for Barnes at
last season’s deadline, but there’s optimism among rival front
offices the Kings will move him this go around.” The 29-year-old is
averaging 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 threes, 0.7
steals and just 1.7 turnovers on .451/.415/.833 shooting splits.
He’s currently earning $20,284,091, and he has one more year left
on his contract after this season (at $18,352,273).
It’s also possible that the Kings could look to move some of
their other pieces such as Davion Mitchell and Marvin Bagley III
among others. Keep an eye on Sacramento in the coming weeks.
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