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Report: Kings offered Marvin Bagley for John Collins

The Kings third-year big man is on the block.

Throughout the last 24 hours, one thing has become abundantly clear in Sacramento: Marvin Bagley is more than available for the right price. On Monday morning, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Kings offered the third-year forward to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for rookie Saddiq Bey, but they were subsequently rejected. Sharing a tidbit from Bagley's side of things, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report has reported that €œit appears no secret in NBA circles that Marvin Bagley III is interested in a change of scenery€, which comes as no surprise after his father's year-long Twitter campaign to get his son traded. Finally, Monday afternoon saw another addition to the fervor that Bagley is being aggressively shopped, as Sam Amick of The Athletic revealed that the former second overall selection was included in an offer for big man John Collins, who was previously linked to the Kings by Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

According to several reports, the Atlanta Hawks are seeking a first round pick and a quality young player for their soon-to-be restricted free agent, and although Marvin Bagley may fit half of that equation, the Kings don't currently possess many assets to meet that full criteria. It's nearly unthinkable that Kings General Manager Monte McNair would surrender his current first round selection, as it's projected to land in the top-10 of a stacked draft, and surrendering future picks for a player of Collins' caliber would not be viewed as a smart long-term investment. The only way around such a conundrum would be to involve another player on the roster, such as Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes, or Buddy Hield, and redirect those assets Atlanta's way, but the Kings don't seem eager to part with those first two players, while the latter reportedly has little to no market value.

The Kings seeming to show legitimate interest in John Collins is exciting; however, the much larger takeaway from Monday's reports is that the relationship between Marvin Bagley and the Kings seems to be detiorating quite quickly, with both sides likely wanting to move on from one another. Unfortunately for Sacramento, Bagley's recent uptick in production has probably been compromised by another recent injury, which will keep him out for at least the next few weeks. It's certainly possible for the two sides to reconcile and for Marvin to return for the Kings next season, but the likelihood of him wearing a new jersey in the next few days seems growing by the hour.

The NBA trade deadline is less than three days away, on March 25th.

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SPTSJUNKIE
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March 22, 2021 5:14 pm

Responding to the Bey trade rumor, Monte McNair said: We had a better offer turned down two days ago.

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March 22, 2021 5:27 pm

Kings need to tank or make a deal and include their draft pick because if they end up with the 11th or 12th pick, they are screwed again

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March 22, 2021 5:27 pm

[PHONE RINGS IN ATLANTA]

[SCHLENK] Hello?

[MONTE] Schlenk! My buddy, my pal!

[SCHLENK] Monte…Monte (expletive) McNair. Whassup, man? Got any more garbage you wanna foist off on me?

[MONTE] …

[SCHLENK] …

[MONTE] So I guess a Bagley-for-Collins straight-up is a no-go then?

[CLICK]

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March 23, 2021 11:49 am
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KINGS PREPARE TO BLUNDER AND PART WITH MARVIN BAGLEY

Remember these words – Marvin Bagley is more talented than anyone on the Sacramento Kings; he will become an NBA star; and the Kings, too stupid to keep him for the big ride, are breathlessly trying to trade him and ensure that he excels somewhere else.

The following quote is from Brad Botkin of CBS Sports and has also been reported on numerous websites:

“Bagley was actually starting to find a groove. Bagley had scored in double digits in 14 straight games prior to his injury. Over that span, he was averaging over 16 points and seven boards on 55 percent shooting by the field.”

— All that while playing only about 25 minutes a game. This typifies the incompetence that has led the Kings to 15 straight years without making the playoffs. Are the Kangs really also trying to trade Richaun Holmes? If trues, that’s also incomprehensible.

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March 23, 2021 12:40 pm
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Let’s play a game: have Bleacher Report say that Tyrese Haliburton is available and see how many calls the Kings get and the quality of the offers. Then do it with Bagley. Haliburton wins this one in a walk.

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March 23, 2021 1:23 pm
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That’s true but quite irrelevant to the issue of trading a talented young player who’s been performing very well.

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March 23, 2021 1:36 pm
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Marvin Bagley didn’t draft himself second in the first round in 2018. Vlade Divac did and it would cost him his job. Phoenix passed on Luka and so did Atlanta. I guess that makes Vlade the Third Stooge. (I also whiffed, incidentally, despite studying a lot of videos online). At some point Bagley will be moved for far less than market value since fans and the front office can’t forget the all-world guard they missed and simply appreciate a young guy who’s hitting 55% from the field while on a 36 minutes per game basis producing at a 20-point and 10-rebound pace.

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March 23, 2021 4:42 pm
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My comment was meant to illustrate that basketball talent is more than physical ability, it is also includes BBIQ and a willingness to play within a team concept. Add all of these things together, and Bagley isn’t close to being the most talented player on the Kings as you said.

NBA basketball is also much more than projecting numbers over 36 minutes. Bagley defends poorly and doesn’t move the ball very well, 2 things that are essential to being an effective player in the league. For him to see more of the ball, for the team to run the offense through him, he has to be able to make good, quick decisions. He’s yet to show that he can do that.

He has shown improvement, and, in different circumstances, I’d keep him around to see how he continues to develop. I’d still move Hield before Bagley, because he’s reached the limit of what he can do.

But with Bagley likely to be out the rest of this season, and with next year the last year of his deal, I don’t think there’s a long term place for him here. The gulf between what he (and his father) think that he is worth, and what his performance to date shows, is huge. I can’t see McNair signing him for what Team Bagley thinks he should get.

Bagley may blossom elsewhere, and I’d be happy to see it. But I don’t see it happening here, so it is time to move on.

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March 22, 2021 5:33 pm

Two Bagley rejected trade rumors on the same day. I wonder who is leaking this info?

Is it safe to say we may not see Bagley in a Kings uniform again?

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March 22, 2021 5:40 pm
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That’s what Ham was saying on the pre-game.

Although, I don’t think we want to lose him for nothing. So if we can’t even get someone like Collins or Bey for him, he might remain simply because his value can’t get much lower (and he does still have upside).

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March 22, 2021 5:45 pm
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Even if they can’t move him by Thursday, I feel they’ll still move him by the draft or summer. If he is that upset with being a King he likely doesn’t suit up again this season.

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March 23, 2021 12:12 am
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If he’s healthy enough to play, and he’d like to keep getting paid and not be in breach of contract, he’ll play.

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March 22, 2021 5:56 pm
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Bagley is Persona non grata in Sacramento, it is only a matter of time before he is out of here. I think Monte might have to trade him for a bag of Cheetos though (no offense to the Cheetos).

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March 22, 2021 6:02 pm
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This is Monte telling us he’s trying. And maybe putting the Bagleys on blast for all their antics while at it.

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March 22, 2021 7:07 pm
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it would be funny, to me, if McNair leagued a fake rumor that he tried to trade Bagley to Orlando for Al-Faruq Aminu, but was rebuffed.

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