NBA trade grades: How Kings did in Jabari Parker-Dewayne Dedmon deal


NBA trade grades: How Kings did in Jabari Parker-Dewayne Dedmon deal

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and the Sacramento Kings shook things up, at least a little bit.

Dewayne Dedmon got his wish and is no longer in Sacramento. General manager Vlade Divac cleared the books of at least half of his salary for next season, with the potential for even more.

Here's a full breakdown of the deal:

What the Kings received: Jabari Parker, Alex Len

Parker is a raw scorer with a history of knee injuries and a questionable jumper. At 24, he still has time to improve, but he’s moving on to his fifth team in three years and he’s missed 20 of the Hawks previous 21 games with a right shoulder impingement. The Kings’ medical staff will know more about his potential return to the court after they get their hands on him over the next day.

There is a chance that Parker has an epiphany moment and becomes a major scoring option off the bench for Sacramento. He can play a few minutes at the three, but he’s more of a four/five at this point in his career. At 15 points and six rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game, Parker is a viable rotational player when healthy.

Last season, Len’s numbers looked very similar to what Dedmon posted. He’s having a down year, but he’s a big that can stretch the floor, rebounds a little bit and even block an occasional shot. Like Parker, he’s struggled to live up to his top 5 draft position and he’s currently nursing a hip issue, but he’s still a capable NBA player and his contract is expiring at the end of the season.

This could have been a lot worse for Sacramento. For the low low cost of two late second-round selections, they got out from underneath the $13.3 million owed to Dedmon next season and the $1 million buyout the season after that.

Dedmon didn’t want to be in Sacramento. More importantly, he played like he didn’t want to be in Sacramento. In moving him to Atlanta, the Kings acknowledged a mistake was made in free agency, but also that the team was willing to move away from the decision quickly.

Both Parker and Len can help the Kings this season. Parker has a player option for next season at $6.5 million, which if he exercises, would give the Kings a nice bench scorer at a budget price. If he opts out, Sacramento clears even more cash off the books.

This was the second move the Kings made in the last few weeks to trade away a big money 2019 free-agent acquisition. If anything, the team has to do a better job in their vetting process. Overpaying players is understandable, but overpaying the wrong ones, even if the team finds a way out of the deal, is not good business practice.

Kings Grade: B

What the Hawks Received: Dewayne Dedmon, 2020 Rockets second-round pick, 2021 Heat second-round pick

Dedmon spent two seasons with the Hawks before inking a three-year, $40 million deal with the Kings last summer. Whatever happened between the moment he stepped off the floor in Atlanta and when he stepped on the court in Sacramento is a complete mystery. Dedmon became a turnover machine that couldn’t shoot and lost his starting job in a matter of four games.

After demanding a trade in December, Dedmon found his way back into the rotation in Sacramento due to a series of injuries. He had a few moments where he played well, but overall, it wasn’t living up to the contract he signed during the off-season.

Dedmon never really had a chance to play alongside Marvin Bagley, which is the reason the Kings signed him in the first place. He also posted 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and shot 19.7 percent from 3-point range in 34 games for Sacramento. For a player that signed for big money, he sat out 15 games as a healthy scratch and three of those contests he was inactive altogether.

The Hawks know his game well and were willing to take on the $13.3 million owed next season. Maybe they have the key to invigorating the veteran center.

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In addition, the Kings came into the day with seven second-round picks. The Hawks picked up two of those in the transaction, but as of now, they are the least valuable of the lot. Sacramento was able to retain its own second-rounders in each of the next two drafts, as well as the Pistons and Heat’s 2020 pick and Memphis’ 2021 selection.

Not only did Atlanta give up the best player in the deal, but they also took back a tremendous amount of salary and two late second-round picks.

Hawks Grade: D-

Kings launch 'In this Together' campaign to support active community

Kings launch 'In this Together' campaign to support active community

With the NBA season on hiatus, the Sacramento Kings are shifting gears as a franchise. On Monday morning, they announced a new initiative aimed at helping the community that has supported them for the last 35 years.

According to the team’s official press release, the “In this Together” program is a “new effort to engage and connect through online activations, health awareness, physical and educational activities, business support and more.”

The program has a four-pronged approach, which aligns with what the NBA is doing as a whole. Those four initiatives are Know the Facts, Acts of Caring, Expand Your Community and NBA Together Live.

Through their social media platforms, the team hopes to educate and promote information from the California public health officials, the American Red Cross Gold Country and Sacramento County. 

The team has also posted videos from owner Vivek Ranadivé, as well as players like Marvin Bagley and Bogdan Bogdanovic on staying healthy and active while under directives from the state and local governments to remain in your home. 

Under the acts of caring banner, the Kings have donated nearly 5,000 pounds of perishable foods to the Sacramento Food Bank and the Sacramento County Office of Education. They are also working with team partners like Xfinity to provide free educational resources and First 5 California to create coloring sheets and downloadable activities through

The team plans to release at-home workout videos from Nike featuring Kings game night host Katerina Kountouris, as well as at-home basketball drills for kids featuring Doug Christie, Bobby Jackson and G League coach Ty Ellis. 

They are also going to launch a contest where fan-submitted videos will get Kings broadcaster Grant Napear’s famous “If you don’t like that, you don’t like Kings basketball!” call.

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Partnered with NBC Sports Bay Area and California, the Kings will continue running classic games from the 2017-20 campaigns through April 15. The team is also encouraging fans to watch Pay It Forward LIVE, a digital concert series from Verizon that benefits small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The Kings plan on doing more in the community as their fans are isolated in their homes for the foreseeable future. You can find out more information by going to

Five moments to remember from Kings' buzzer-beating win over Rockets

Five moments to remember from Kings' buzzer-beating win over Rockets

Programming note: Watch the re-air of the Kings’ victory over the Houston Rockets from Dec. 9, 2019 today at 3 p.m. PT on NBC Sports California.

The NBA has closed its doors indefinitely, but we have been able to dig into the archives and come away with some of the best games from the last few seasons for your viewing pleasure.

In our sixth installment, we go back to earlier this season, when the Kings went toe-to-toe with the Houston Rockets and came away with a huge game-winner from Nemanja Bjelica.

While we know the final outcome of the game, sometimes the details become murky over time. Here are five things to watch from the Kings’ 119-118 buzzer-beating win over the Rockets at the Toyota Center.

“F--k it, we deserved this win.”

Bjelica usually is quiet and stays away from the media when he’s given the choice. After drilling a 32-footer as time expired to give his team a huge win, Bjelica stopped by to speak with the Kings’ broadcasting team of Grant Napear and Doug Christie and he let loose with an F-bomb that has since been made into t-shirts.

The veteran stretch four has been very good for the Kings since signing as a free agent in the summer of 2018. He has hit plenty of long range 3-pointers, but none was bigger than the dagger against Houston.

“Game over. Game over.”

Star point guard Russell Westbrook put up 34 points and eight assists against the Kings in this game, including nine of the Rockets' final 12 points in regulation. With one second remaining on the clock, he put in a layup to give the Rockets a 118-116 lead and wouldn’t stop talking.

Westbrook's shot was huge, but Bjelica outdid him with the buzzer-beater. Sometimes it’s best to wait until the clock strikes zero before proclaiming victory.

Buddy Buckets

Where would the Kings be without Buddy Hield and his ability to knockdown the triple?

While Bjelica gets the fanfare in this one, Hield’s 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining tied the game and gave the Kings a shot. 

Hield scored a team-high 26 points in this game, including 6-of-13 shooting from long range. In a hostile environment, he came up huge for Sacramento.

It’s raining 3s

Hield tied the game late with a 3-pointer and Bjelica hit the game-winner while wading in the Gulf of Mexico, but these shots were part of a larger trend in this game.

Sacramento went a stunning 20-for-45 from behind the arch, outscoring the high-powered Rockets 60-51 from deep. Only eight players stepped on the court for coach Luke Walton in this game and seven of them knocked down a 3-ball.


The Kings got off to a rough start to the 2019-20 season, dropping their first five games. They bounced back, but came into this stretch in dire need of some wins.

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They dropped the first two games of the road trip in Portland and San Antonio, and then had to finish the trip with a back-to-back against the Dallas Mavericks and Rockets on Sunday and Monday.

Sacramento almost blew an eight-point lead in the final three minutes in Dallas, but held on for a 110-106 victory. With the win in Houston, the Kings returned home with a .500 trip and then beat the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center for their third win in four days against high-level teams.