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Bagley doesn't receive rookie contract extension from Kings

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Marvin Bagley

Just like Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns, the No. 2 pick from the 2018 NBA Draft also didn't receive a rookie contract extension before Monday's 3 p.m. PT deadline. 

Marvin Bagley and the Kings did not come to a deal. Bagley now is set to enter next offseason as a restricted free agent. The Kings can match any offer he receives from a different franchise. 

Bagley, 22, is entering the final year of his rookie contract after three frustrating seasons in Sacramento. While he has averaged a respectable 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, Bagley has been inconsistent and downright bad on the defensive end. 

It also doesn't help that his career so far has been plagued by injuries, and a handful of players from the same draft class quickly have turned into stars. 

The Duke product has missed 108 of 226 games through his first three seasons in the NBA. He has spent more time shelved than on the court for Sacramento, as the Kings continue to try and snap their streak of missing out on the postseason. Conversely, players from the 2018 draft class like Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Michael Porter Jr., Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jaren Jackson Jr. have helped their teams reach the playoffs, and have received a big payday for doing so. 

Despite a frustrating few years in Sacramento, Bagley tells NBC Sports California he's "happy" to be a King.

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"This is where God wants me to be," Bagley told Kyle Draper at Kings Media Day. "It's God's will, man. I'm just enjoying it all. At the end of the day, I can't control my name -- what people say -- whether it's the trade rumors or the media, I can't control it.

 

"All I can control is how I prepared all summer and how I'm able to lock in and get better."

Now, Bagley looks to quiet his doubters ahead of an ever-important season for he and the Kings.