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Kings swing for fences at NBA trade deadline, add depth to rotation


Kings swing for fences at NBA trade deadline, add depth to rotation

SACRAMENTO -- No fear.

Kings general manager Vlade Divac and his front office walked into the 2019 NBA trade season armed with plenty of cash and an abundance of expiring contracts. On the eve of the deadline, they swung for the fences and didn’t stop there.

It was a whirlwind of action that transformed one-third of the Kings' roster without doing major damage to the team’s rotation. Here is a look at the series of deals and how they impact Sacramento’s chances moving forward.

In: Alec Burks (from Cavs), 2020 second-round pick (from Rockets)
Out: Iman Shumpert (to Rockets)

Shumpert started 40 games for the Kings this season at the small forward position, and he was a positive influence in the locker room. After a strong start to the season, Shumpert had slumped offensively since the start of the new calendar year.

After spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Utah Jazz, Burks joined the Cavs earlier this season in a swap for Kyle Korver. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28.8 minutes per game for the Cleveland, while shooting 37.8 percent from behind the arc.

At 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Burks is a big, versatile combo guard that can act as a second playmaker on the court. He gives the Kings depth at multiple positions, although he’s struggled to stay healthy throughout his eight years in the league. He isn't the defender that Shumpert is, but he is a solid locker room player that is playing extremely well.

He’s in the final year of his contract that pays him $11.5 million this season.

In: Harrison Barnes (from Mavericks)
Out: Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph (to Mavericks)

Before the season began, Randolph was politely told that he was not going to play this season for Sacramento. He is likely to be bought out by the Mavs, which might open the door for him to join a contender or return to Memphis to finish out his career.

Jackson started 41 games last season as a rookie, but only three times this year for Sacramento. Taken with the 15th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, the 23-year-old wing averaged 6.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game this season for Sacramento.

Barnes is already in Sacramento and should be ready to play on Friday evening. The 26-year-old forward can play either the small forward or stretch four positions. Once acclimated to the system, there’s a very good chance Barnes moves into the starting small forward spot for the Kings.

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At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, Barnes has the size and strength to match up against the bigger wings in the league. He’s averaging 17.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game this season while shooting 39 percent from behind the arc.

Barnes has a player option for $25.1 million next season. According to Divac, the Kings hope to retain the seven-year veteran long term, but will wait until the offseason to discuss a potential extension.

In: Caleb Swanigan (from Trail Blazers)
Out: Skal Labissiere (to Trail Blazers)

Labissiere showed tons of potential in his first two seasons with the Kings, but with the additions of rookies Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles, as well as veteran Nemanja Bjelica, the Haitian-born big got lost in the numbers game.

He’s an incredibly hard worker and has a smooth stroke from the perimeter, but he needs time on the court to develop. Maybe a fresh start in Portland is what he needs to reset his career.

Like Labissiere, Swanigan has struggled to find minutes with the Blazers. The 6-foot-9, 250 pound big impressed in his pre-draft visit to Sacramento before the 2017 NBA Draft, but he’s played a total of 334 minutes in his two seasons in the league.

Sacramento has done a nice job of developing young players and they view Swanigan as a project big with tremendous size. He’s on a budget rookie scale deal and under team control for the next few seasons. As of now, he is organizational depth and may even see time in Stockton with the Kings’ G League affiliate.

Out: Ben McLemore

Following the deadline, the Kings pulled the plug on Ben McLemore’s second tour of duty in Sacramento, waiving the 25-year-old guard and eating the remainder of his $5.5 million contract.

McLemore joined the Kings as part of the Garrett Temple deal over the summer, but played in just 19 games this season. Once he clears waivers, he becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with another NBA team.

In: Corey Brewer (free agent)

Following the series of moves, Sacramento added veteran Corey Brewer to a 10-day contract to fill one of their open roster spots. The 32-year-old wing is fresh off a pair of 10-day contracts with the Philadelphia 76ers.

In his 12th NBA season, Brewer is averaging 7.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in seven games this season. He’ll get a short-term audition with the club to see if he is a fit with the new-look rotation.

The Rotation Moving Forward

Divac and his staff attacked two of the team’s biggest weaknesses at the deadline. They added size on the wing and versatility in the backcourt. More importantly, they did so without damaging the team’s long term cap flexibility or dipping into the young core.

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Barnes is viewed as a long term starter. Burks gives the team another option in the backcourt. Brewer and Swanigan provide depth for coach Dave Joerger.

If Barnes sticks around, Sacramento has roughly $38 million to make offseason additions. If he opts out, the Kings walk into the summer with nearly $63 million in cap space and a clear idea of their positions of need.

Kings acquire Harrison Barnes from Mavericks for Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson

Kings acquire Harrison Barnes from Mavericks for Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson

SACRAMENTO -- Hold onto your hats, the Kings have made another move. Sacramento sent veteran big man Zach Randolph and wing Justin Jackson to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for forward Harrison Barnes.

Barnes, 26, is in his averaging 17.8 points on 39 percent shooting from long range this season for Dallas. At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, the former Warriors first-round pick can play either forward position.

With the Kings going young, Randolph hasn’t played a minute this season for Sacramento. The 37-year-old is in the final year of a two-year contract he signed in the summer of 2017.

Taken with the 15th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jackson had played in 52 of Sacramento’s 53 games leading into Wednesday. The 23-year-old wing is averaging 6.7 points in 20.8 minutes per game, mostly with the second team.

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Barnes is playing under a $24.1 million deal this season and has a player option for next year at $25.1 million. With the move, Sacramento ate up most of its remaining cap space.

According to a source, the Kings see Barnes as a long-term fit with the team.  

This was Sacramento’s second move in a matter of hours on Wednesday night. They traded veteran Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets earlier in the day in a three-team deal that brought Alec Burks and a second-round selection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Sacramento. 

Why Harrison Barnes seen as logical NBA trade deadline target for Kings


Why Harrison Barnes seen as logical NBA trade deadline target for Kings

The NBA’s trade deadline is almost here and the there is a lot of chatter around the league. With a bevy of cap space and even more in expiring contracts, the Sacramento Kings continue to come up in conversations.

On the Lowe Post Podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Kevin Arnovitz held a long discussion on the Kings and where they may spend their assets leading up to the Feb. 7 deadline.

Both Lowe and Arnovitz agreed that a trade to acquire Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes makes a lot of sense for the Kings.

"Do you now get a max guy, bring him in, a guy who's got years left, who's still relatively young and make that a key piece of your future?," Arnovitz asked.

What would it take to get a player like Barnes? They didn't go into that question, but they did focus on why Sacramento might make a move for a young player on a big money deal.

“You can have all the cap space in the world in Sacramento in any given year, you’re not going to get those guys voluntarily,” Arnovitz said. “But you can (through trade). You’ve got a better culture, you’ve got a team that’s interesting, great young players. Bring in a guy who’s of that ilk. You’ve got the money and just acquire it that way.”

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Barnes, who makes $24.1 million this season and has a player option for $25.1 million next season, would help fill the need for a versatile forward. He can play either the three or the four, and at 26-years-old, he fits the player arc of the Kings current roster.

In his third season with the Mavs, Barnes is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game. He’s shooting just 40.6 percent from the field, but he’s knocking down 39 percent from behind the arc on 6.4 attempts per game.

The Kings have $11 million in available cap space and another $37 million in expiring contracts between Zach Randolph, Iman Shumpert, Kosta Koufos and Ben McLemore.

“If they did nothing, I would be absolutely blown away,” Lowe said. “If only because they are the only team with cap space of any meaningful amount. And so at the very least, they will act as a third team facilitator by taking on some money.”

Washington’s Otto Porter was discussed as well, but according to Arnovitz, he isn’t as available as many around the league believe.

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In addition to trade banter, Lowe and Arnovitz also threw some love towards Sacramento’s young frontcourt duo of Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley.

“By the way, have you not watched Harry Giles work out of the high post and pass the basketball and do all kinds of skilled big man things?,” Arnovitz said. “Zach, I am on the Harry Giles wagon.”

“I’m becoming a believer in the Bagley-Giles frontcourt,” Lowe responded.

Over the next four days, the Kings are likely to come up in plenty of rumors. It should be an interesting week in Sacramento.