Will George Hill get moved before the trade deadline?


Will George Hill get moved before the trade deadline?

Will he stay or will he go? That is the $20 million question in Sacramento when it comes to veteran point guard George Hill.  

After signing a three-year, $57 million deal with the Kings during the offseason, Hill is having a confusing season in Sacramento. He’s shooting the ball extremely well from the perimeter, leading the league in 3-point percentage at 45.3 percent. But his overall numbers are down across the board.

Was it a bad fit? Was Hill not prepared for the reality of the mentorship of rookie De’Aaron Fox? Or is losing just too much for a veteran who’s made the playoffs all nine of his seasons in the NBA?

The Kings certainly thought they were getting more when they inked Hill. It’s been an awkward first season for all parties involved. The 31-year-old veteran has missed a handful of games due to three separate personal issues, including the birth of his daughter.

But even when Hill is present and accounted for, he appears to be a different player than the one who posted 16.9 points and 4.2 assists last season for the Utah Jazz.

Hill shifted to the shooting guard position to make room for Fox, but that was a move of necessity, not a first option for the Kings. Hill’s overall play forced the team’s hand with an assist from his rookie counterpart.

After falling behind Fox on the depth chart at the point guard position, he’s found a similar issue at the shooting guard position with Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The Kings are undergoing a youth movement in the second half of the season, but Hill was already losing ground to Fox and Bogdanovic. He’s never looked comfortable in a Kings uniform.

It’s a well-known fact that Hill would like to finish the season in a new location. Both he and his management have actively spread the word. But the Kings shouldn’t have to damage their future to make Hill happy.

There are teams in the NBA that would love to steal the veteran away. Not many of those clubs are in the position to take on a player making $39 million between this season and the next.

Sacramento will listen. They may even be the aggressors in a deal. The harsh reality is there are very few instances where the Kings can send Hill to another team without inflicting damage to either their young core or their future salary cap situation.

There are still a few hours to go before the trade deadline comes and goes. Maybe a no-brainer deal comes along and Hill is sent on to his next location.

The more likely outcome is that he is still a Sacramento King come Friday evening when the team faces the Portland Trail Blazers and we revisit this subject all over again during the summer.

19-year-old Luka Doncic wants a date with a Friend and...a tiger?


19-year-old Luka Doncic wants a date with a Friend and...a tiger?

In Europe, Luka Doncic is a star. It appears he would like to be one in the United States as well.

Fresh off a EuroLeague championship, as well as league and Finals MVP honors, the 19-year-old Slovenian-born wing showed a different side of himself in a video made by the folks over at Bleacher Report.

In an interview with Howard Beck, Doncic made a few of his wishes known, including his want for a signature shoe, a date with Jennifer Aniston and the future purchase of...a tiger?

"I just like tigers. I said if I go to U.S., I will buy a tiger—like Mike Tyson," Doncic told Beck.

Sacramento has Doncic on a short list of prospects they are considering with the second overall selection. He has high aspirations, both on and off the court.

It’s hard not to like the confidence and moxie of this prospect. Will he be a King come Thursday evening?

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Marvin Bagley III


NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III - Power Forward - Duke - Freshman

Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220

Stats: 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .8 steals, .9 blocks, 39.7% 3-point

Player Comparison: Antonio McDyess, Michael Beasley

Bagley has springs in his legs. After skipping a year of high school, the Duke product dominated the ACC and projects as a double-double machine at the NBA level. He knocked down nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts and he runs the floor like a gazelle. He’s also one of the best rebounders in the draft and he loves to finish above the rim.

While he helps to end defensive possessions with rebounds, he’s a liability on this end of the floor. Whether it was effort or acumen, Duke spent much of the season playing zones to hide his deficiencies. He’ll need to add plenty of muscle to hold his position at the NBA level. He’ll also need to find new ways to stuff the stat sheet. His assist, steal and block numbers aren’t what you would expect from a player with his athleticism.

Sacramento is loaded at the four with young players Harry Giles, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein all available to play the position. Bagley has plenty of talent and might make a one or two of those players expendable. He would instantly improve the team’s rebounding woes, but there are plenty of question marks.  

Chance of going No. 2:
As of now, it’s a three-man race between Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Bagley, but things change quickly around this time of year. The Kings are intrigued with the big man out of Duke. He swung by Sacramento last week for a full workout and meeting with the team and he left a very good impression.