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Kings to waive Mfiondu Kabengele, per report

The move brings the Kings roster back to 15

The Sacramento Kings are expected to waive Mfiondu Kabengele, according to James Ham and confirmed by other Kings reporters.

Kabengele was acquired by the Kings on Monday in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. In that deal the Kings sent no real assets out. Kabengele was an expiring contract, so there are no cap ramifications for the Kings.

At the conclusion of Thursday's deadline the Kings needed to clear two roster spots. The other roster spot was cleared by waiving Jabari Parker.

There was some speculation that Hassan Whiteside might be waived to create the extra roster spot, which would have allowed to Kings to get a longer look at Kabengele.

 

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AmateurNerd
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March 25, 2021 1:42 pm

So the Clippers paid the Kings to fire Mfiondu Kabengele for them. Nice.

Last edited 1 year ago by AmateurNerd
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March 25, 2021 1:43 pm

Thanks Mfiondu for all the good times! I’ll miss you most of all!

This trade deadline is really testing the fan base.

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March 25, 2021 1:45 pm

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March 25, 2021 1:45 pm

YOU CAN’T WAIVE WHITESIDE TO KEEP KABENGELE BECAUSE THE KINGS ARE PLAYING FOR THE 10TH SEED!!!

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March 25, 2021 1:52 pm
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We really don’t talk enough about how Vivek honestly believes after 15 years of losing that the fan base is clamoring to spend all our resources to be the first team unceremoniously booted from a play-in tournament that doesn’t actually matter at all.

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March 25, 2021 1:48 pm

The other day, Haliburton make the comment that the team has no identity and that is partly why they struggle under pressure. This entire organization has no identity or long-term plan.

The Kings are 12th in West (3.5 games out), behind both the Dubs and Pels for the last play-in spot and today’s trades showed that the Kings are pushing for it, even giving up future assets to make the unlikely run for the pleasure of being booted in the 1st round even if successful.

Disappointed in the trade deadline deals and what they mean for the rest of this year. Walton needs to go and I wish he would take the dismissive little chap with him.

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March 25, 2021 2:16 pm
Reply to  NorCalKingsFan

Meh. Late second rounders. And they did pick up a 23 y/o guard that has shown he can play basketball in the NBA. Not excited about the legal issues though. But from a basketball standpoint they did get a young developing talent that is more likely to be impactful than the second rounders. This deadline was neither a disappointment or exciting. The team gave up virtually nothing and got marginally better.

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March 25, 2021 6:28 pm
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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with any of the trades made (except maybe the Bjelly to Heat trade which I don’t see what the Kings got out of that other than to do right by Bjelly).

My point is that we didn’t get good enough to really push for the final playoff spot and we didn’t acquire any draft assets or shed salary. I expected Monte to maximize the throw-away year, not continue the pursuit of constant below-average mediocrity we’ve seen for 14 years and counting.

Last edited 1 year ago by NorCalKingsFan
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March 25, 2021 2:46 pm
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I guess I just fail to see why anyone thinks we’re pushing for a play-in spot? If we’d made notable improvements, I could see a case for making that argument. However, the only improvement we made was Wright for Joseph, and with all due respect to Wright, he’s going to account for this squad finishing 7 or 8 games over 500 from here on out.

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March 25, 2021 2:52 pm
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I imagine it has something to do with Vivek thinking the team’s winning ways of late (against average to below average teams) convinced him that this team is ready to make a playoff run…

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March 25, 2021 3:31 pm
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Admittedly, if he’s made comments or leaks over these past 5 games, I’ve totally just missed them.

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March 25, 2021 6:34 pm
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They didn’t cut Whiteside when they could have if they wanted to tank, they didn’t do near enough to get better, they didn’t balance the roster or open it up for the youngsters.

They sure as hell didn’t embrace the tank and they didn’t acquire anything or anyone of note to really make a push. What would you say the Kings are doing?

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March 26, 2021 1:06 am
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Pissing me off

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March 25, 2021 1:52 pm

So we are done moving chairs around? Maybe next year then

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March 25, 2021 1:53 pm
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See you next year!

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March 25, 2021 2:11 pm

Oh no! I didn’t even get to hear the announcers pronounce Mfiondu Kabengele once! Good luck to him wherever he lands. I had very high hopes.

HopelesslyHopeful
March 25, 2021 2:12 pm

The worst part about this is the time I spent practicing how to say this guy’s name.

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March 25, 2021 2:15 pm

Whew.. what a trade deadline..
alright then. time to go back into my self imposed exile.

see you all this summer.
see you all in the offseason
see you all during draft
see you all next trade deadline.

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March 25, 2021 2:18 pm

O/T, but are we skipping predictions for tonight’s game?

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March 25, 2021 2:20 pm
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I think it’s more of a who cares situation.

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March 25, 2021 2:37 pm
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“Who cares” has sort of been the norm since Luke’s hiring was announced.

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March 25, 2021 2:21 pm

Welp, I guess I’m all in on having them make the playoffs now….

TheGuyOnTheCouch
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March 25, 2021 2:24 pm

So… whats our depth chart looking like now?

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March 25, 2021 2:34 pm

Stacked with untradeable players apparently.

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March 25, 2021 2:43 pm

Young team just super old

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March 26, 2021 1:11 pm
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Young team just untradeable.

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March 25, 2021 2:35 pm

Shit, so much for my new Kabengele jersey that shipped last night.

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March 25, 2021 2:48 pm

I’m in the meh camp too. I do like the idea of long athletic wing types in Davis, Wright and Harkless. Not sure what type of defender Davis is, but Wright and Harkless are known for D, so that is a positive.

Regardless of where the Kings (Kangz) end up this year, if they can learn to play better D, they will sooo much better off next year.

Closing line-up of

Fox, Hali, Wright, Barnes and Harkless looks good. Sub in Holmes for one of Harkless, Barnes or Wright depending on need and how they’re playing. Could be fun.

Davis and Silva are more shots in the dark, but whatever, they are young and fit the Fox, Hali timeline.

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March 25, 2021 10:41 pm

Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Nate Archibald, Phil Ford, Reggie Theus, Wayman Tisdale, Chris Webber, DeMarcus Cousins, De’Aaron Fox, Mfiondu Kabengele …

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