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Bagley's agent blasts Kings for 'baffling' handling of client

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Marvin Bagley III's agent, Jeff Schwartz, called out the Kings on Tuesday for how they have handled the situation involving his client.

Schwartz revealed that Bagley is not in the Kings' opening night rotation, which he called "completely baffling." Sacramento opens the 2021-22 NBA season Wednesday night on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers.

This is just the latest twist in Bagley's drama-filled tenure with the Kings, who used the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on the Duke product.

The Kings had high hopes for Bagley when they drafted him, but injuries and inconsistent play have hindered his development. Bagley averaged 14.9 and 7.6 rebounds in 62 games as a rookie in 2018-19, but he started just four games that season.

In the 2019-20 season opener, Bagley fractured his thumb and still wasn't healthy when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the season in March. When the league was getting ready to restart in the bubble in Orlando, he injured his foot and missed all of the Kings' games at the Disney complex.

Last season, Bagley finally got the chance to start, but he played in just 43 of the Kings' 72 games. He averaged 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds but fractured a bone in his hand on March 15 and missed the next 23 games. He returned for six games, then missed the final four games of the season with a groin injury.

 

Early in the 2020-21 season, Bagley's father posted and then deleted a tweet demanding the Kings trade his son. After the season, Bagley himself "liked" a negative tweet about the Kings.

The Kings were rumored to be exploring trades for Bagley last season and this offseason, but none materialized.

At Kings media day last month, Bagley told NBC Sports California's Kyle Draper that he was happy to be back in Sacramento. He played in the first two preseason games, scoring 15 and nine points, respectively. He didn't suit up for the final two games.

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It's unclear what the future for Bagley holds. The sides didn't come to an agreement on a rookie contract extension before the deadline this week, and with the Kings' latest move, it's a long shot that they will extend a qualifying offer to him this offseason -- assuming he stays with the organization through the entire season.

The 6-foot-11 Bagley still is just 22 years old and doesn't turn 23 until March. It appears his time with the Kings will come to an end soon, and if he can go to another franchise and stay healthy, he has plenty of time to carve out a nice NBA career.