SACRAMENTO -- The new-look Kings continue their long homestand Friday evening at Golden 1 Center. Sacramento will play host to the Miami Heat looking for their fourth win in five tries.
General manager Vlade Divac made a flurry of transactions at the NBA's trade deadline, including major moves at the small forward position. Iman Shumpert and Justin Jackson are both gone, as well as Zach Randolph, Ben McLemore and Skal Labissiere.
Dave Joerger is faced with the challenge of integrating new additions Harrison Barnes, Alec Burks, Corey Brewer and Caleb Swanigan without the benefit of a practice. At least three of these four players are expected to see time after being acquired over the previous 48 hours.
Miami mixed things up as well at the NBA's trade deadline. Tyler Johnson was sent to the Phoenix Suns, with Sacramento native Ryan Anderson joining the Heat. Erik Spoeltra's team is coming off a big win over the Portland Trail Blazers, but they've lost three of their last four games and currently sit at 25-27 on the season.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Sacramento finishes their six-game homestand Sunday when the Phoenix Suns roll into town. The Kings will conclude their pre-All-Star break schedule with a stop in Denver on Wednesday.
Kings by 3.5
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Justise Winslow
SG Josh Richardson
SF James Johnson
PF Kelly Olynyk
C Hassan Whiteside
No injuries to report.
PG Goran Dragic (knee) out, SF Derrick Jones (knee) out.
Dave Joerger has all kinds of new toys to play with. Vlade Divac added three veterans at the deadline, all of which could see time. Barnes is a long term starter, likely at the three. Burks will see time at both guard positions and Brewer adds depth to the wing. Expect all three to see time against the Heat.
The addition of Barnes fills a major need for size at the small forward position and allows Joerger to move Bogdan Bogdanovic back to the second unit, where he's thrived this season. The team might wait until after the All-Star break to make the transition, but it's likely on the horizon.
Swanigan is with the team, but he's played sparingly over his first two seasons in the league. He adds a big body in the post, but he'll need time to develop.
Spoelstra's group is always ready to play. He has five regulars averaging in double-figures, including veteran Dwyane Wade, who is finishing out his final season as a pro before heading into retirement.
Richardson is having a nice season for the Heat and Winslow has been solid for Miami since transitioning to the point guard position.
Miami is a methodical team that ranks 26th in the league in points per game and third in points allowed. They play at the league's 26th slowest pace and they rank in the middle of the pack in both 3-point percentage and rebounding.