After failing to make the playoffs last season in the NBA Bubble, there was a lot of optimism entering the season for the Sacramento Kings, especially after signing De’Aaron Fox to a five-year, $163M contract-extension in the offseason.
With Fox tied to Sacramento long-term and other key talents in Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes, the Kings started off the year 12-11, but have lost 11 of their last 13 and have hit rock bottom again.
All of the players mentioned above have been great this year, but the Kings do not have the supporting cast to be anything special and as a result, they have made “numerous” players available in trade talk recently based on recent NBA trade rumors, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Jason Jones. Outside of De’Aaron Fox and rookie Tyrese Haliburton, everyone on this Kings’ roster has a price, which is why Marvin Bagley III is a young player who could be on the move.
Marvin Bagley III only played in 13 games last year for Sacramento due to numerous injuries, but this season, he has played in 34 of the Kings’ 36 games and is currently averaging 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and is shooting 50% from the floor, 37% from three-point range on 92 attempts.
The former 2nd overall pick has proven he can be a reliable frontcourt option and while he has not received the attention the Kings had hoped with him being available in trade talks, a handful of teams could still look to pursue the young forward as the trade deadline approaches.
With that said, let’s take a look at three teams who could make a push to trade for Marvin Bagley III ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline.