NBA rumors: Kings, Rockets have discussed Clint Capela trade package

NBA rumors: Kings, Rockets have discussed Clint Capela trade package

Rumors, rumors, rumors.

In the latest trade round-up on The Athletic, Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski dropped this nugget:

“Houston has discussed Capela packages with Atlanta and Sacramento, league sources said.”

The Kings were rumored to be interested in Capela over the summer, before they made a splash in free agency with veteran big man Dewayne Dedmon. That splash has turned into more of a slow drip from a faucet.

Dedmon is having a brutal season. He lost his starting job to Richaun Holmes after just four games, although he’s filled in lately with Holmes on the shelf with a shoulder injury.

On the season, Dedmon is posting just 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and .8 blocks in 15.9 minutes per game for Sacramento. He was brought in to stretch the floor for Marvin Bagley, but Bagley has missed all but 13 games of the season and Dedmon is shooting just 19.7 percent from long range. Over his last 15 games, Dedmon is 4-for-26 from behind the arc.

Any trade with Houston would be complex. Capela, 25, makes $16.9 million this season, but the Rockets are on the hook for another three-years at $57.3 million.

Houston is looking for more wing help. Unless they are in salary dump mode, that means they likely would want some combination of players that included Bogdan Bogdanovic. Whether the Kings are willing to move from the talented 27-year-old is still unknown, although Bogdanovic himself told NBC Sports California on Monday that he would like to stay in Sacramento.

Adding a player like Capela would create another log jam on the Kings’ front line. Holmes has played extremely well when healthy and he is expected back later this week after missing the last 13 games with a shoulder injury.

The Kings still have second-year big man Marvin Bagley, of course, who has struggled with injuries all season long and is out for at least the next four games leading up to the All-Star break. Bagley still as looked at as the future of the squad.

Would a Bagley/Capela front line make sense?

Holmes is a much cheaper option, but Capela is averaging 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in a little under 33 minutes per game through 39 games this season. He instantly would improve the Kings’ rebounding numbers, but he’s taken just three shots outside of 10 feet this season. That might gum up the lane for De'Aaron Fox, who is showing major signs of improvement.

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Sacramento needs more talent on their roster. Capela would fix a few problems for the team, but the cost likely would be high and the fit may not be ideal.

If the past few seasons have taught us anything, general manager Vlade Divac and his group aren’t afraid to swing for the fences. They did it last trade deadline when they acquired Harrison Barnes and they could do it again this year, whether it’s Capela or some other under the radar deal.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 6 at noon PT. At 19-31, the Kings could use another roster shakeup and they are expected to be active. It could be an interesting week in Kingsland.

Programming Note: The "2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show" is coming your way this Thursday at 11:30am on the MyTeams app and on! Our NBA Insiders will analyze all of the news and rumors that could impact the Kings heading into the Noon deadline. Don’t miss it!

Kings guard Kyle Guy reveals his grandfather died from coronavirus


Kings guard Kyle Guy reveals his grandfather died from coronavirus

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forever changed Kyle Guy's family.

The Kings' second-round draft pick revealed Saturday that his grandfather died Friday night after contracting the virus.

"When I was 7 or 8 my grandpa had me sign a piece of paper saying he’d be my manager (jokingly) if I ever made it to the NBA 😂 something as small as that was always on my mind while I tried to make that dream come true. I know he’s up there waiting for his cut lmao.. and one day, I’ll give it to him ❤️," Guy wrote on Instagram.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 277,205 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 6,593 deaths in the country.

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Guy, who grew up in Indianapolis and went to school at the University of Virginia, signed a two-way contract with the Kings in July.

Five things to watch from Kings’ emotional comeback over Timberwolves

Five things to watch from Kings’ emotional comeback over Timberwolves

Programming note: Watch the re-air of the Kings’ victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves from Jan. 27, 2020 this afternoon at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports California.

To pass the time while the NBA figures out it’s next moves, NBC Sports California is bringing fans some of the best games from the last few seasons.

In our ninth installment, we go back to earlier this season when the Kings fell behind huge and pulled off an improbable comeback on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This was an emotional night for both teams. NBA legend Kobe Bryant had passed away the day before. The Timberwolves opened the game with an eight-second violation and the Kings gave it back on a 24-second shot clock violation to pay tribute to Bryant.

While we know the final outcome, sometimes the details are forgotten. Here are five things to watch from the Kings’ 133-127 overtime win over the Timberwolves at the Target Center.

The Decision

99 times out of 100, an NBA head coach pulls his starters when they are down 22 points with six minutes remaining in the fourth. That is not what coach Luke Walton did.

Showing some faith in his team, Walton left his starters in the game and they responded with a 33-11 run over the final 5:42 of the fourth to force overtime.

With momentum on their side, the Kings put the T-Wolves away in the extra five minutes to come away with one of the most stunning recoveries in team history. Sometimes you just have to play out the entire 48 minutes and show respect to the basketball gods.

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Buddy goes big

Buddy Hield can fill it up, but against the T-Wolves, he was on a different level.

In 38 minutes off the bench, Hield posted a career-high 42 points on 14-of-24 from the field and 9-for-14 from behind the arc.

With the Kings trailing big in the fourth, it was Hield who caught fire, scoring 20 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field in the final 10:30 of the game.

With his teammates feeding him the ball at every opportunity, Buddy Buckets put on a show. A lifelong fan of Bryant, Hield had a little extra motivation in this game as well.

Fox misses ... and then doesn’t

It looked like the game was over in the third quarter and the Kings were barely breathing late in the fourth. The team got hot, played defense and had a little luck on their side to help claw back into the game, but they still needed a special play to get over the hump.

With three seconds remaining on the clock, De’Aaron Fox was fouled and sent to the line with his team trailing by three points. The Kings’ starting point guard nailed the first free throw and before the Timberwolves knew what hit them, he threw the ball off the front of the rim, caught it on the way up and scored a layup to tie the game.

Fox finished the game with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. He closed out the game with six points in the overtime session to give the Kings the shocking comeback win.

Revenge game

Nemanja Bjelica spent his first three seasons in the NBA playing in Minnesota. He had all but given up on the league after that experience before the Kings talked him into signing a three-year deal.

In the overtime victory, the Kings power forward did a lot of everything. Bjelica knocked down 4-of-6 from long range on his way to 20 points. He added eight assists, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 41 minutes of inspired basketball.

When Bjelica is on, the Kings are a different team.

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Laws of averages

The Timberwolves aren't a great 3-point shooting team, but they were on in this game. The 'Wolves shot an incredible 23-of-46 from 3-point range and that almost carried them to victory.

Andrew Wiggins knocked down seven triples and Robert Covington added six of his own.

Unfortunately for the T-Wolves, they went cold when it mattered, hitting just 2-of-6 from behind the arc in the fourth quarter and 1-of-7 during the overtime session. As quickly as they shot themselves out to a huge lead, the Timberwolves shot themselves right out of the game.