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With future up in air, Bagley remains 'happy' to be with Kings

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Marvin Bagley

Injuries, coaching changes and erratic play have kept Marvin Bagley from becoming the player the Kings hoped he would be when they drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bagley's rocky tenure in Sacramento has been filled with trade rumors, whispers of unhappiness with the Kings, and some social media activity that raised some eyebrows.

Bagley, 22, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will become a restricted free agent if he and the Kings don't come to an agreement on a contract extension Monday.

Despite all that, Bagely told NBC Sports California's Kyle Draper that he is "happy" to still be with the Kings and isn't worried about all of the outside noise.

"I'm happy to be here," Bagley told Draper at Kings Media Day. "This is where God wants me to be. 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.

"That's really all I can control and that's my mindset coming into this season, controlling what I can control and everything else is out of my hands. I'm just thankful, man. I'm thankful to be part of a team, part of the NBA, and like I said, I'm going to give it everything I've got this season and whatever happens happens."

 
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Bagley has averaged 14.5 and 7.5 rebounds during his career but he also has missed 108 of 226 games. He also has been one of the worst defenders in the NBA, posting a 113.0 defensive rating during his career and a 117.3 defensive rating last season.

Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Michael Porter Jr., all members of the 2018 draft class, have agreed to extensions, with Doncic inking the five-year, $210 million supermax deal with the Dallas Mavericks, while the other three got five-year, $172.5 million extensions.

This will be a make-or-break season for Bagley, but he's facing it head-on and is happy to be doing so with the Kings.

The Kings open their season Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.