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Why Kings might not be perfect trade fit for Nets center Jarrett Allen

Why Kings might not be perfect trade fit for Nets center Jarrett Allen

Whenever the 2020 NBA offseason begins, the Kings have two free agent situations to resolve.

Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent and center Harry Giles is an unrestricted free agent after Sacramento declined to pick up his fourth-year option.

If Giles leaves, which is a real possibility, that would leave Richaun Holmes as the only player capable of playing heavy minutes at the center position.

At 6-foot-10, Holmes profiles more as a power forward, but he played well at center for the Kings during his first injury-plagued season with the team.

With a lack of depth signed for the 2020-21 season, could general manager Vlade Divac look outside the organization for a center?

Last week, Clutch Points suggested that Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen could be the answer to the Kings' problems.

Allen, still just 22 years old, has shown flashes of defensive brilliance during his three years in the NBA. You've probably seen some of his highlight-reel rejections. The Texas product is averaging 1.4 blocks per game during his career.

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After a breakout 2018-19 season in which Allen averaged 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game, he returned this season and was putting up similar numbers.

But then the Nets fired coach Kenny Atkinson, and interim coach Jacque Vaughn moved Allen to the bench in favor of veteran -- and close friend of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant -- DeAndre Jordan.

Over the final six games before the coronavirus (COVID-19) stopped the season Allen's minutes per game went down from 26.1 to 21.9. His points and rebounds per game also dropped.

With Durant and Irving expected to be healthy for the start of the 2021-21 season, they are going to want Jordan in the Nets' starting lineup with them, leaving Allen as the odd man out of the starting lineup.

That opens up the possibility that the Nets could dangle Allen in a trade. Are the Kings the perfect dance partner for Brooklyn?

If the Kings believe Holmes is their starter at center next season, Allen doesn't fit. If the Kings would rather bring Holmes off the bench, then Allen makes sense.

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And if the Kings and Giles work out a new contract, then Allen definitely doesn't fit.

So before the Kings can make a run at Allen, they need to answer a few questions about their own centers.

Kings make way to Orlando bubble, receive weekend practice schedule

Kings make way to Orlando bubble, receive weekend practice schedule

Practice? Are we talking about practice?

The Sacramento Kings left behind their shutdown practice facility on Wednesday morning. They headed out on a non-stop flight to the Orlando bubble where they’ll spend the next five weeks at a minimum.

They’ll head straight to their assigned rooms in The Yacht Club resort on the Disney World campus where they’ll initially be quarantined before jumping onto the practice court.

On Wednesday morning, the NBA released the practice schedule for the first few days of the bubble. The Kings will have their first practice session Friday evening at the Coronado Fiesta from 2-5 p.m. PT.

That's the first time the Kings are allowed to meet as an entire group. They are cleared to practice, hit the weight training and begin team meetings. Individual workouts are also available during this time.

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Sacramento returns to the practice court on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. PT on Coronado 2. It’s a quick 11-day build-up before the team has its first scrimmage on July 22 against the Miami Heat.

Barring a major setback, the Kings won’t have long before they are playing real games. They open their schedule on July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs and they’ll play at least every other day until the conclusion of their eight-game schedule on August 13.

NBA rumors: Kings' Kent Bazemore to wear 'Education Reform' on jersey

NBA rumors: Kings' Kent Bazemore to wear 'Education Reform' on jersey

The NBA restart has the potential to mean more than just eight games, a potential play-in series and then a standard playoffs. The NBA is trying to lead the way in professional sports by creating a potentially repeatable concept.

The league is also allowing players to continue to be a part of the national conversation regarding racial inequality in America. Courts will be adorned with “Black Lives Matter” graphics. The league will hold symposiums and use their platform to promote change.

In addition, players will be allowed to wear jerseys with a message on the back. On Tuesday, we learned that Sacramento Kings small forward Kent Bazemore has already chosen what his uniform will say when he walks out on the court.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, Bazemore will join the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum with the message “Education Reform.”

According to multiple reports, the NBA has a group of sayings that players can choose from, including “Vote”, “Equality” and “Enough.” There are likely more options than what we have seen to date.

Bazemore’s teammate Harrison Barnes addressed the potential for wearing a message on his jersey during the Kings’ Zoom call with the media.

“I’m waiting on requirements -- do we get eight different ones? Do we get one? How many words? What’s the censorship?” Barnes said. “I’m definitely going to do something, I’m just waiting on the additional guidelines and what we can do.”

Barnes is one of many of the Kings players to find their voice during the last few months following the shooting death of George Floyd. There appears to be a national awakening and there is positive movement towards actual change.

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“I think we’re at a unique time, just as a society, where so many different discussions are happening at once and change, it seems closer now than it’s ever been, although there is still a wide gap,” Barnes added.

Expect plenty of the Kings players to be involved in the discussions regarding social change in Orlando. The team itself has taken a huge role in the conversation and they support their players in the venture as well.