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 12 of their last 15 games 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.
Harrison Barnes is now in his 9th season in the NBA and has been a veteran player that has been drawing interest from a couple of playoff-caliber teams this year. In 35 games with the Kings, Barnes has averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and has shot 49.2% from the floor, making him a high-impact player that could be available at the NBA trade deadline.
With T.J. Warren being out and Caris LeVert just returning to action, the Indiana Pacers are an interesting team that could be looking to add more talent to their roster ahead of the trade deadline. They have been a very underwhelming offensive team this year due to injuries to some of their best wing players, which is why adding Barnes could be beneficial for them.
So what would the Pacers have to potentially give up to bring in Harrison Barnes and his $60.8M contract? Let’s take a look at a potential trade scenario involving Barnes going to Indiana.