The Sacramento Kings are a team desperate to make a push for the postseason. They have missed the playoffs 15 consecutive years, tying them for the longest drought in NBA history with the Buffalo Braves/San Diego Clippers/Los Angeles Clippers. They missed the playoffs every year from the campaign in 1976-77 through the 1990-91 season.
That is not a record the Kings want to hold singularly, so they will do everything in their power to avoid it. They certainly have their work cut out for them if they do not want to make history this season.
Sacramento is currently 16-26 and in 12th place in the Western Conference. They are only a half-game out of a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament, but the gap is widening on the sixth spot in the conference. The Kings are six games behind the Denver Nuggets for the final spot outside of the play-in tournament.
To make a move up the standings, the Kings will likely have to shake up their roster. They have pieces that have been on the trade block for a while in Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III. Harrison Barnes is another name to keep an eye on ahead of the NBA trade deadline.
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But, if they want to make a splash, someone such as De’Aaron Fox may have to be made available. While the Kings were reluctant to include him or Tyrese Haliburton in trade negotiations earlier in the season, that may be changing.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, owner Vivek Randive has given the green light to general manager Monte McNair to meet the team’s goals of a postseason run and setting things up for the future. Building around Fox and Halliburton is preferred, but no one is off the table as they look to make a playoff push.
What deals could the Kings look into that would help them on their quest for a postseason spot now and be in a better-sustained position in the future? Let’s take a look at three intriguing trade ideas centered around Fox.