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Richaun Holmes Staying In Sacramento On 4-Year Deal

This is a huge win the Kings.

Free agent Richaun Holmes is re-signing with the Sacramento Kings on a four-year deal worth up to $55 million, according to Shams Charania.

The deal reportedly includes a player option and a trade kicker. The trade kicker is likely where the extra money would come in, as the Kings were limited to using Early Bird Rights to keep Holmes.

This is a great win-win for both the team and Richaun. The Kings couldn’t afford to lose Holmes, and including some player-friendly elements helps to add value for Holmes even when the Kings couldn’t exceed certain dollar limits.

Holmes joined the Kings two years ago on a low-cost deal as a backup center and quickly won the starting job, as well as the love of Kings fans. It’s fantastic that he’ll be staying in Sacramento.

This is also a win for Monte McNair, who didn’t make cost-cutting trades at the deadline and gambled that the market wouldn’t price him out of retaining Holmes.

The Kings still have their Mid-Level Exception available for additional free agent signings.

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1951
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August 2, 2021 8:15 pm

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1951
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August 3, 2021 8:45 am
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So, have we traded Buddy/Bagley for Harris or Simmons yet?

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August 2, 2021 8:16 pm

Ditto.

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August 2, 2021 8:16 pm

Works for me. Fun guy to root for, and glad he got paid.

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August 2, 2021 9:11 pm
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It amazes me that a comment like this gets down votes.

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August 2, 2021 9:13 pm
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I’m pretty sure it’s Monte McNair who is down-voting everyone, just to keep us in check.

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August 2, 2021 11:27 pm
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Huge fan of the Holmses… is this phonetically correct?

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August 2, 2021 11:57 pm
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TKH staff needs to add a 1000 down vote badge so we can see who these shiftless, asshat, wankers are.

Congrats to the Holmes family on a very special day for them.

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August 3, 2021 1:38 am

I downvoted this to protect the rights and privacy of those who have nothing of value to say, and so take a tiny dump on some of what does.

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August 3, 2021 2:48 am
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Of course you did you’re Andy sims.

Whatever gets you through the night.

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August 3, 2021 12:10 am
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I don’t like the downvote option and think TKH should do away with it.

It used to be when one would criticize a comment you had to explain yourself. There was dialogue. Logic won out or it was trolling.

The downvote opens the door for trolls/troll like behavior and negativity-anger. It is anti-discussion and humor, which is what makes this site great/different from others.

Seems like some of the downvotes are personal-disliking the poster, It all creates a negative vibe I never associated with TKH.

.Oh, and good they kept Holmes.

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August 3, 2021 5:59 am
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I am not sure I agree, there will always be some guys that are petty and downvote because they don’t like the commenter; however there are not a lot of them so I think you can get a feeling of which comments truly are disliked. Plus I like to read the crazy hot takes that get lots of down votes. Would even say that certain people get up votes for comments based off of reputation even when they comment may not serves it.

With that said I gave an upvote even though I did not agree because your opinion is a good one,and if people acted like the twitterverse then I would agree because there are some serious trolls there. TKH has a pretty solid group of commenters that will usually hammer trollish behavior, or even those that fall too far outside of the norm

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August 2, 2021 8:17 pm

Welcome back Holme, Richaun!

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August 2, 2021 9:44 pm
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All my Holmies love Richaun

jswilliams37
August 2, 2021 8:17 pm

Good day so far

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August 2, 2021 8:18 pm

Thank you Dr. Holmes and Mr. Holmes.

The Kings get all three Holmes in this deal and that is an excellent outcome for Kings Fans.

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August 2, 2021 8:44 pm
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Seriously. Who the heck will thumb down this?

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August 2, 2021 8:51 pm
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No worries Comments_….Tonight we all are Holmes’s. Really happy they are all Kings again, they are the epitome of Family.

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August 2, 2021 8:52 pm
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Preach!! And a thumb up for ya

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August 2, 2021 8:55 pm
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Holmes Sweet Holmes!

(I wonder if anyone had to mow his lawn?)

Yeah, the Holmes’ parents on twitter make Kings wins so much more fun to celebrate.

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August 2, 2021 11:54 pm
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Team Bagley

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August 2, 2021 8:18 pm

very nice.

Now use that MLE or trade for a larger wing.

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August 2, 2021 8:26 pm
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hahahahaha the downvote got me

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August 2, 2021 8:18 pm

We won! ….We won right?

Last edited 10 months ago by TerzoM
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August 2, 2021 8:18 pm

I love you Richaun! Thank you for staying!! Well deserved contract for the Holmes family.

Well done Monte. Still waiting for the Bagley and Buddy trade(s) please!

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August 2, 2021 8:19 pm

Me after reading the first half of the tweet “Richaun Holmes has signed with….”
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August 2, 2021 8:20 pm

Next up for MLE or S&T (Now that we are hard capped because we used the BAE):

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August 2, 2021 8:25 pm
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Markennen or Tobi harris please

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August 2, 2021 8:26 pm
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Bagley + Buddy trade for Harris, with filler(s) on both sides to make the money balance? I’m down.

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August 2, 2021 8:27 pm
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yes sir! I’d honestly do the same offer for Lauri Mark

More injury prone but he is on the Fox/Hali timeline and obviously a skilled dude

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August 3, 2021 1:40 am
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Gotta be cheaper guys we can get on the timeline who will also be out of the league in a couple of years.

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August 2, 2021 8:29 pm
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Markennen is sitting there like a plum right now isn’t he Mike?

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August 2, 2021 8:32 pm
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yes he is…and a sign and trade generally is going to require less assets going back to them

Could be straight up Buddy for Mark tbh

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August 2, 2021 8:37 pm
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I would not give up more than Buddy and would ask for a pick in return to be honest. Markennen has a lot of upside still. He has skill.

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August 2, 2021 8:49 pm
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you aren’t getting a pick imo, but I think buddy straight up works pretty well

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August 2, 2021 8:55 pm
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I like Buddy, he is an elite shooter. He had his best season not being pushed outside of his fairway under Joeger and being held to a performance standard. Having said that you may be right, however I think Buddy would garner a pick in exchange for Markennen. In the end, Anne it is a second….and the flexibility of the ability to get a player that can compliment the other players rather than they having to compliment Buddy.

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August 2, 2021 8:58 pm
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Auto Wrong strikes me again. Anne = maybe.

BTW, I voted a thumbs up. Who can downvote your comment. Has to be a Laker fan…

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August 3, 2021 6:02 am
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if Buddy would accept a super sixth man award I think this team would be so much better, and I think he would light it up. If he doesn’t want that then by all means trade him. I was for the buddy and Bagley for Harris but think I would be down for Markennen

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August 2, 2021 8:21 pm

Nice work Monte

they have some legit size at the 5 now

we already knew this but Marvin Bagley is gone baby gone

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August 2, 2021 8:24 pm

This doesn’t mean anything for Bagley lol

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August 2, 2021 8:27 pm
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Lol

ok

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August 2, 2021 8:28 pm

they literally play different roles on the team

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August 2, 2021 8:42 pm
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Literally?

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August 2, 2021 8:48 pm

yes sir

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August 2, 2021 9:04 pm

Indeed. Marvin helps keep the training staff up to date on their CME credits.

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August 2, 2021 8:22 pm

Looking forward to watching Holmes for seasons to come.

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August 2, 2021 9:03 pm
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Dewayne Dedmon and his two burner accounts downvoted this.

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August 2, 2021 8:22 pm

That’s a freakin bargain deal. Still one of the most undervalued guys in the NBA.

This is Monte’s best move yet.

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August 2, 2021 8:30 pm
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Outside looking in…

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August 2, 2021 8:40 pm
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It’s definitely not a bargain deal.

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August 2, 2021 8:51 pm
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Nerlens noel got a little over 10 million a year. Holmes contract is under value to fair.

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August 2, 2021 9:23 pm
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12 mill a year is not a bargain? . They’ve been giving thar to Ariza and Cojo. It’s an absolute steal

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August 2, 2021 10:37 pm
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Looking at a list of other signings today, it sure feels like one of the better valued deals. Devonte Graham signed for just a bit less, Doug McDermott getting 3 yrs with more per year, Evan Fournier got 4yrs, $78 mil?

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August 3, 2021 2:54 am

Exactly. Tbh, I think fournier was overpaid, even. I know his shooting is valuable but i feel his defense is very poor. I don’t like paying that much for guys who only do a couple things well

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August 3, 2021 2:53 am
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It’s a good deal imo. This guy is a very impactful player on offense and is at least serviceable on defense. Great teammate, energy, etc. This is a very fair contract to me

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August 2, 2021 9:11 pm
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For a career 9-5 guy, who literally had one good year in a contract year.

I like Holmes. But outside of his scoop shot, high energy and attitude. He’s also undersized, a very avg rebounder, and definitely can’t stretch the floor.

if that’s Monte pinnacle, that’s real telling.

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August 2, 2021 9:24 pm
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Dude…look what he signed for. Freaking Kelly Olynck (sp?) got like 3 for 37 m. This is great value. Epitome of great for both sides.

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August 2, 2021 9:30 pm
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Olynyk is a decent player, not sure that’s a good example. He just does different things than Holmes.

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August 2, 2021 9:33 pm
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Compare Olynck’s RPM to Holmes, then again there’s a lot of stupid money being thrown around.

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August 2, 2021 9:48 pm

I did, Olynyk was 0.95 and Holmes was 0.94 last season.

Different players, but they both add value.

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August 2, 2021 10:46 pm
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That’s precisely my point to Kingsguard. Using Olynyk’s contract as evidence that the Holmes contract is a bargain is a poor argument. Different players adding about the same value in different ways. Also pointing to one poor contract to justify another poor contract is also a weak argument. These contracts however are not as bad as some of the others for example Fornier getting 78 mil over 4 years is a massive over payment.

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August 2, 2021 9:26 pm
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He’s the team’s best defender by far. His offense has dramatically improved. He plays hard as hell. If that’s not worth 12 mill in today’s NBA, I don’t know what is

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August 2, 2021 9:32 pm
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I think it’s decent value and Holmes does some nice things. But his defense is overstated. He “anchored” one of the worst defenses in recent NBA history.

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August 2, 2021 9:34 pm
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Have you actually seen him man up on guards and small forwards when he gets isolated on them? Best on-ball defender on team and its not close

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August 2, 2021 11:02 pm
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If you acknowledge he had one good year (past one), then he really has had three. The last 3 years his per 100 numbers and efficiency are pretty damn similar. Lots of advanced metrics too. If you only want to give credit for time he was starter, fine. But the last two years he was about the same.

So it’s not like some outlier year.

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August 2, 2021 8:23 pm

Woohoo!

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August 2, 2021 8:23 pm

I’m happy for Holmes, as he seems to be a genuinely good guy. Hopefully we’re not sitting around trying to figure out how to move him a year or two, as we’ve been accustomed to doing with our free agents.

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August 2, 2021 8:25 pm
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If he stays healthy, that shouldn’t happen. Holmes’ game is all about hustle and the dirty work, and that makes him a good asset no matter the coach or system. The deal is cap-friendly, too–not an overpay by any reasonable definition.

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August 2, 2021 8:27 pm

And of course this means we get more Dr. Holmes tweets!

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August 2, 2021 8:42 pm
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Sign the good Dr. to be the parent Twitter coach.

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August 2, 2021 8:48 pm
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Team Doctor.

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August 2, 2021 8:48 pm
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Like a twitter baby sitter, or something rather?

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August 2, 2021 8:56 pm
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Could teach a particular someone a few things…

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August 2, 2021 8:28 pm

This is a great piece of news, but at the end of the day, the Kings’ needle is about where it was at the end of the season. Len doesn’t change things. Harkless was already here. I love Richaun, but we still need a BIG move to take things to the next level. Come on, Monte, you can do it!

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August 2, 2021 8:30 pm
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Yeah the moves so far are mostly about keeping things level. Possibly more if Mitchell is good.

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August 2, 2021 8:59 pm
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I predict Mitchell will do good things.

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August 2, 2021 9:04 pm
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I have no idea. He’s taking minutes at a position of strength for this team, so if he’s a normal rookie, it’s quite possible the team is worse in the short term.

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August 2, 2021 9:09 pm
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If they retain Davis and Buddy, there’s likely very few minutes for him to take. He’d basically be in the Kyle Guy role.

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August 2, 2021 9:10 pm
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I’m guessing (hoping) he’ll help us on defense, which we’re not strong at. But yeah, I understand the doubt about rookies.

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August 3, 2021 12:57 am
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people must not like you. you keep making sense and getting downvoted for it.

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August 3, 2021 1:43 am
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You get used to it.

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August 3, 2021 8:43 am
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5 down votes for that? I’m starting to feel like that post about a negative vibe or retaliatory energy towards certain posters is more accurate than I had thought. Kinda weird to down vote this 5 times is all I’m saying.

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August 2, 2021 8:31 pm
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Buddy, Bags, and top 10 protected ’22 1st for Tobi Harris

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August 2, 2021 8:40 pm
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That is too much. Don’t give up that pick. Buddy straight up for Markennen.

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August 2, 2021 8:48 pm
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I would prefer that deal for sure.

I do think if we got Tobi for buddy and bags we would have very very very slim chances to be picking top 10

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August 2, 2021 9:04 pm
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I know Tobi is over paid but I would do this deal in a second.

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August 2, 2021 9:11 pm
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Can’t disagree with that Michael. Wouldn’t this be the third time he played for the Kings.

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August 2, 2021 9:11 pm
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Absolutely. Tobias can get his own bucket better than Barnes, to have them both with Fox and Hali would give us another go to scorer with De’Aaron in crunch time. We still need a better coach for defensive schemes and intensity though.

But that potential 2nd unit is solid defensively- Davion, Davis, Harkless, Metu-Woodard, Len.

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August 3, 2021 1:44 am
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Trade a guy who doesn’t miss games, for one of the softest players in the league, and overpay to boot? Nah.

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August 2, 2021 8:53 pm
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Totally agree and that deal is not too much. I’d probably do less protection than that. This team needs to get better. Harris isn’t going to make this roster a playoff threat, but it’s not unreasonable to think he would make them a lower tier playoff team.

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August 2, 2021 8:40 pm
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Len>Whiteside. The end of the year roster was better than the start of the year roster. There has been constant, albeit marginal, improvement with almost every deal. Keep making marginal improvement over and over again and eventually you’re in the mix.

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August 2, 2021 8:47 pm
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I’d say Len vs Whiteside is a wash everywhere but age and the all-important likeability factor. Neither bring much to the table on the court, at this point in their careers.

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August 2, 2021 8:48 pm
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Yes, in 2028, by my calculations.

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August 2, 2021 8:57 pm
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Sooner than I anticipated!

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August 2, 2021 9:09 pm
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Agreed, the team has taken a couple marginal steps forward. But to be taken seriously any time soon, they need to take a big step now. Marginal steps get you 1-3 extra wins per season. Big steps get you 7-10 wins (or more), and that is what the Kings need to genuinely be a playoff team and not a “maybe they can sneak into the play-in” team.

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August 2, 2021 9:13 pm
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You marginal steps might not even get you 1 to 3 more wins, depending on how the rest of the West improves.

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August 2, 2021 9:16 pm
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We now have 15 guards, 12 centers and 1 forward. Let’s go!

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August 2, 2021 9:17 pm
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Unless a big trade is coming, I don’t see
much change in W-L.

So, far this is moving deck chairs. Nothing else. Holmes is back. Len and Harkless are back. If that’s your strategy, then expect similar results next year.

i will also not be shocked if Bagley and Hield are still here come Oct.
People are deluded thinking a package of Bagley, Hield and Filler will net a difference maker.

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August 2, 2021 9:21 pm
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Perhaps you are deluded to think the market for Hield is complete poo poo?

I want a nice trade for a Wing but keeping bags and buddy could be worse.

The lineups with Buddy at the 3 were fine, so rolling with what’s currently signed would definitely have us in the playoff race, I think with a solid shot at getting in.

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August 2, 2021 10:23 pm
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Kings missed the playoffs (#8 seed) by seven games. Three new bench players in Mitchell, Thompson and Len are going to move this from a .430 team to a .530 team? From 31-41 to 38-34?

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August 2, 2021 11:03 pm
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Plus hali second year, moe full year… System continuity, yes I think it could be the year we crack .500

Even with the worst coach in the league

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August 3, 2021 1:47 am
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Continuity with a “system” like Walton’s is just stepping in the same pile of dog shit over and over.