Dewayne Dedmon wants out of Sacramento.
In case you didn’t get the memo last week, when league sources told NBC Sports California that he wanted to be moved before the February NBA trade deadline, the Kings' veteran center went on the record Sunday with The Sacramento Bee to drive the point home.
“I would like to be traded,” Dedmon told Jason Anderson. “I haven’t been playing, so I would like to go somewhere where my talents are appreciated.”
Up until the start of the season, Dedmon’s talents were appreciated enough by the Kings that they handed the 30-year-old veteran a three-year, $40 million contract. But poor play by the seven-year veteran not only cost him a starting job, but eventually a spot in coach Luke Walton’s rotation.
To add to Dedmon’s woes, Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes reported Monday morning that the NBA is looking into his public trade demand. Under the NBA’s tampering guidelines, Dedmon can be fined up to $50,000 for publically demanding a trade either on his own or through his agent.
On the season, Dedmon is averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 23 appearances for Sacramento. The Kings sought out Dedmon in free agency because of his ability to shoot from the perimeter and stretch the floor for both Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox.
Bagley went down in the season opener with a broken thumb, and is out again with a midfoot sprain. The 20-year-old big has played in just nine of the team’s 33 games this season. Fox has played more, but a severely sprained left ankle cost the third-year pro 17 games.
With both Bagley and Fox on the shelf, Dedmon struggled to hit shots, and lost his place in the Kings' rotation. After shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from 3-point range last season in Atlanta, the 7-footer has seen those numbers dip to 41.2 percent and 22.9 percent, respectively.
“I’m not the only person struggling with my shot, so if that’s a factor, then it’s kind of crazy,” Dedmon told The Bee. “If you’re not allowed to shoot through your slumps, I don’t know how you’re supposed to make shots.”
Dedmon has a point. Both Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes are both in sustained shooting slumps, and they lead the Kings in minutes played on the season. The major difference is they don’t have the same type of competition for minutes at their respective spots on the floor.
It took four games for Richaun Holmes to overtake Dedmon in the starting rotation. A career journeyman, Holmes brings energy and efficiency on both ends of the floor, and his on court/off court splits are the best on the team.
In addition to Holmes, Walton has used Bagley primarily at center this season, and now Harry Giles looks ready to step in and help the Kings as well.
According to a league source, there is a market for Dedmon. If a deal that makes sense for all parties can be worked out, the Kings would have no problem moving on from the veteran center.