Why This Trade Makes Sense For The Sacramento Kings
Not only have the Sacramento Kings lost 10 of their last 11 games, but they look like a completely different team than they did to begin the year. Early on, this team played with a lot of energy, led by their young star guard De’Aaron Fox, but things have really slowed down for the Kings and they look like the bottom-tier team we are accustomed to seeing.
Rookie Tyrese Haliburton has been fantastic for them this year and seems to be currently in 2nd place for Rookie of the Year, but overall, this team simply lacks talent. The fact that they are a relatively young team that is still growing definitely plays a large part in their struggles, but this team should definitely be better than they are.
As a result, head coach Luke Walton is very much on the “hot seat” this season and if the Kings continue to struggle, his days in Sacramento could be numbered. While it may seem like a foolish move to trade Richaun Holmes since he is playing so well this year, Sacramento can get great value for him and offer more minutes for Marvin Bagley III, who is putting together a really solid third season.
We talked about the value Spencer Dinwiddie brings, but he also brings the possibility of further and future value for the Kings. Sacramento could easily flip Dinwiddie for future draft assets and young players, which is likely what they would look to get out of this trade since they do not have room for more backcourt talents.
Even if they get one first-round pick for Dinwiddie, that is definitely worthwhile since this team does not have much going for them. They have the foundation to be a really solid young team, but they need to continue growing their depth and overall talent through the draft since no free agents are going to want to sign with this organization that has consistently had losing seasons.
Trading away Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica for future talent and success is the way to go, even if it does hinder the Kings chances of winning immediately. This team is in no position to contend in the Western Conference yet, which is why acquiring Spencer Dinwiddie and another young talent in Nicolas Claxton is the right move for the Kings to make.