Over the years, the Sacramento Kings have consistently finished near the bottom of the standings in the league, but since the 2015-16 NBA season, they have slowly started to build a solid, young roster. With De’Aaron Fox leading the charge with other key talents in Buddy Hield, Richaun Holmes, Marvin Bagley III and rookie Tyrese Haliburton, the Kings have a young core that has been competing all year long.
Currently, the Kings find themselves 22-28 and just a game behind the Warriors for the 10-seed in the Western Conference. With the playoffs expanding this year with the two play-in games, both the 9-seed and 10-seed have a chance to make the actual “field of 8” in each conference this season, which is why the Kings’ playoff hopes are still very much alive.
Offensively, this team ranks inside the Top-10 in offensive rating, but defensively, they are dead-last in the league. They are giving up the 2nd most points per game to opponents and as a result of not making any significant additions at the NBA trade deadline, this team will continue to depend on Fox and their entire offseason to carry them to victories.
At the NBA trade deadline, the Kings made some small moves, acquiring Delon Wright, Terence Davis, Moe Harkless and Chris Silva at the expense of three second-round picks, Cory Joseph and Nemanja Bjelica.
Both Joseph and Bjelica were expected to be traded, but Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III were also two big names on this roster that were being shopped around. Sacramento was definitely interested in trading Bagley as it was a prominent story in NBA trade rumors, but they did not receive any offers that they really liked for the young frontcourt player, which is why they held onto him.
Now, Marvin Bagley III will be entering the final season of his rookie deal next season and there will be a lot of question marks surrounding his future. He has been a really solid player for the Kings, but is he really worth a long-term extense, tying down a lot of cap space for the Kings over the next few seasons?
For this reason alone is why the Sacramento Kings could potentially look to trade Marvin Bagley III in the offseason and surprisingly enough, the San Antonio Spurs could be a team that entertains the idea of potentially adding the young forward. The Spurs themselves are a fairly young team and if they lose DeMar DeRozan in free agency, they could be in the market to add a young, reliable power-forward like Bagley.
Now, let’s take a look at a hypothetical offseason trade scenario presented by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz that would send Marvin Bagley III to San Antonio.