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Pre-Free Agency Rumor Roundup

A quick recap of all the news and rumors on the day before free agency.

NBA free agency kicks off tomorrow, with signings allowed to be made official on August 6th. With free agency comes rumors. The Kings haven't been the subject of any bombshell rumors, so we'll just roundup all the small news and notes into one place for you.

Tristan Thompson trade not finalized yet

Keith Smith reports that the three-team trade sending Delon Wright to Atlanta and Tristan Thompson to Sacramento hasn't been finalized yet.

It sounds like the trade will still go through today, but the final version of the trade could still end up with some differences from what's been reported so far.

Kings still interested in Nerlens Noel

HoopsHype's Michael Scotto reports that the Kings are still interested in Nerlens Noel, but reiterates that Noel would be a backup plan if the Kings cannot keep Richaun Holmes.

The Raptors, Knicks, and Pistons are also expected to be interested.

What I find noteworthy about this is that it seems to confirm that Tristan Thompson wasn't brought in to be a Richaun Holmes replacement.

It continues to be reported that the Kings have a good shot at keeping Holmes. The Charlotte Hornets, viewed as one of the biggest suitors for Holmes, traded for Mason Plumlee on draft night. That trade used a good chunk of Charlotte's cap space. The Hornets also drafted center Kai Jones.

Lakers still interested in Buddy Hield

ESPN's Zach Lowe reports the Los Angeles Lakers would still like to find a way to expand the Russell Westbrook trade to also bring Buddy Hield to LA.

There is some beautiful-mind framework in which the Lakers might still sign-and-trade Schroder and acquire Hield. It's just hard to find it. The Wizards and Kings don't want Schroder, sources said. The Lakers would need a fourth team that does, with assets the Kings want.

Lowe also discussed this on the Lowe Post podcast, and it feels very unlikely. Nonetheless, it's worth keeping an eye on. The Westbrook trade reportedly won't be completed until August 6th, so there's time for the Lakers to try to find a willing 4th team.

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We will continue to keep an eye out for any other Kings rumors and will update as necessary.

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SexyNapear
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August 1, 2021 9:50 am

Yeah, I’m thrilled. No cap space. Tristan Thompson on the way. No inkling that Monte has any real strategy.

CrosseyedandPainless
August 1, 2021 1:24 pm
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How do you figure there’s no strategy?

seems like a clear strategy to get tougher with defensive minded players

Weather or not it works we don’t know yet. But it seems to me like that’s the plan

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August 1, 2021 1:30 pm

Please explain to me how Tristan Thompson is “defensive minded,” because I don’t understand it.

CrosseyedandPainless
August 1, 2021 2:03 pm
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I was more talking about the draft picks

thompson is ideally the 3rd big off the bench and won’t get a ton of minutes.

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August 1, 2021 5:31 pm

3rd big at $9.7M? That just don’t make no sense.

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