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From Yakshi:

Why haven't the Kings ever embraced tanking? Do you think it's that they just don't believe it works?

Tim: I wouldn't say the Kings have never embraced tanking; it's just been a while. Back in the 2008-2009 season, Sacramento did everything in its power to lose games, and that plan worked. They finished the year with 17 wins and 65 losses, the worst record in the NBA. Unfortunately, as is always the case for this franchise, the worst-case scenario occurred. The Kings dropped to the worst pick possible, the 4th overall, missed out on Blake Griffin and ended up with Tyreke Evans.

From a more recent historical point of view, I don't think Vivek Ranadive wanted to walk into a losing situation and lose even more, which is sort of understandable, at least for his first few seasons. There's also the financial impact of tanking - empty seats, low merchandise sales, and potential loss of sponsors. It's important to keep in mind that when Ranadive and his group purchased the Kings, they offered to forgo revenue sharing, an estimated $18 million per year, for an unknown amount of time. They may not be getting any of that cut today - we don't know.

And now, Vivek is kind of stuck. He made several poor decisions over his first eight years as the leader of the team, and the fan base is pretty done with both him and the organization. Hell, the arena looked more than half-empty against the Los Angeles Lakers. At this point, can the franchise survive a three or four-year reset with losing seasons, no playoffs, and bad performances (okay, that's exactly what's happening even when they're trying to win, I know)? I'm not sure they're confident that they can. That's why they continuously push for the playoffs or play-in, even with little hope of success. It's desperation, pure and simple.

Will: I think Tim hit the nail on the head here for the most part. The Maloofs certainly weren't going to entertain any sort of intentional tanking because they were trying to boost whatever value the team had in order for a sale. The Blake Griffin draft saw the Kings enter into it with the worst record in the NBA - Kevin Martin was 25 at the time, Shock and Hawes tandem was in the first year of its experiment and Donte Green got playing time by the end of the season as a rookie. There was certainly a concerted youth movement then. Paul Westphal's first year there were ten guys on the team with 2 years or less experience and everyone had five or less save for Desmond Mason and Kenny Thomas.

Vivek's first season as owner of the Kings saw Sacramento make swings towards building a core for an immediate playoff run. They went out and got Rudy Gay as a running mate with DeMarcus, they swapped Marcus Thornton for Reggie Evans to get some help behind Boogie, made high upside swing for a guy like Derrick Williams... and then they never looked back. The next season they had three coaches, all with playoff expectations, the season after that was the Rajon Rondo, Caron Butler year with Karl, the season after that was Joerger and every goddamn vet on earth before Vlade bailed out at the All-Star Break in New Orleans. You could argue that De'Aaron Fox's rookie year was a tank, though how much of that was Vlade's incompetence? His super-team, just young, playing at the slowest pace possible, with Z-Bo as their leading scorer for most of the season. There are various definitions of "tanking" and youth certainly had their fair share of minutes to play that season, but I also remember them winning three of their last five games and Vlade saying later that the basketball gods rewarded him with the second pick because they were trying their hardest to win those games. You know the rest of the timeline from there.

I think ego and money are the things holding Vivek and his various managers back from ever fully just giving it over to a multi-year youth movement. There's an all-time losing streak hanging over his head, the need to be the hero for a franchise yearning for good basketball, the monetary ramifications of continued disillusionment of the city. All of those things apply pressure to ownership and thus to the temporary managers of the team. I said it when COVID hit, I'll say it till the day I die. The Kings had a decent bit of youth - a two-year reset without an audience during the pandemic was the perfect time for the Kings to do a mini-tank. Jettison the vets and coach prior to the bubble and spend the next few drafts building the young talent level when there was no one in the seats to complain. A new coach with a penchant for building talent, a talent chock full of kids trying to make their mark on the league - the losses would still be here this season but you'd have at least seen a future developing, the team would be on the upswing.

I'm still of the mindset that the franchise has to just own the losing streak, stop letting it rule any decision-making, and just eat the punch. The constant aiming for the bare minimum modicum of success has done nothing for Sacramento, so make this crappy decade and a half of losing as much a part of the culture as Kings fans have. Fans of other franchises have figured out you can't hurt a Kings fan on social media by saying their team sucks. They already know. Now, imagine a front office willing to just say "Yeah we got the playoff streak! It'll probably go a few more years too. But now we're building something that will win us a championship and when the day comes, who will care?"

Brenden: I can’t comfortably speak further than about five years back, but I think Tim did a great job of laying out a possible reasoning. In the end though, there’s no way for us to know. It could be due to financing and the idea of wanting to keep the fanbase engaged (although it’s slowly doing the opposite), not wanting to “waste” the talent currently on the roster, maybe they don’t believe it works like you are asking, or maybe it’s something as simple as Vivek (and maybe other owners) don’t want to. It’s probably one of those things we will never know, really.

From Gregoryl:

The team has embraced the 3-guard lineup, going small, etc., and it's not working. Any thoughts on trying a big lineup like Holmes/TT, or Holmes/Jones, or TT/Jones?

Tim: While the Kings have played a lot of two-guard + Buddy Hield lineups, I wouldn't necessarily say that the best three guards have played all that much together. Out of 1,119 possible minutes, the trio of Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell has only appeared together for 46 minutes, or two minutes per game. That's not enough of a sample size to see if that core works together or not. The five best players on the team, De'Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison, Barnes, and Richaun Holmes, have played only 16 minutes together this season.

To your larger point, I don't believe that going big is necessarily the solution for this team. The Kings can choose to go small and lose out on rebounding and interior defense, or they can go big and lose out on all spacing and perimeter defense. It's the equal of two evils. Really, the only solution for this roster is to balance it properly, something Monte McNair has yet to prove he's capable of in the last 15 months.

Will: If we had a group of dynamic forwards with varying skill sets, I'd be all-in on trying a big lineup and zigging where others are zagging. Sacramento just doesn't have the personnel able to do it. It worked to varying degrees when the Clippers went big against the Kings the other night, didn't it? Plain and simple, different guys on the roster? Yes. With the current group? I wouldn't expect anything good from it.

Brenden: I don’t like the idea of a two-big lineup. Alvin Gentry has been that clear that he views speed as their best asset. I’d like them to fully buy into that, in an attempt at forming an actual identity — their style of play should not drastically change on a night-to-night basis.

Yes, defensive stops (which included rebounding) are the best way to play with pace, but having two bigs just does not fit that style. Also, I’m not sure any of the bigs on the roster can comfortably defend fours. So, I personally don’t think playing two bigs is a good idea. It seems they believe they have found this roster’s strength, so I’m hoping they fully commit to it.

From Kosta:

What do you think the season would have looked like if the Kuzma/Hield trade went through?

Tim: The roster would have been more balanced, but I would be surprised if Kuzma and Harrel looked as good in Sacramento as they have in Washington - a team that has a true star to lead them on a nightly basis. I'm guessing we're looking at one to two more wins, but nothing significant.

Will: I'm going to disagree with Tim here. I think we'd see the Kings sitting about the 6th seed at this current juncture, which is to say, they'd be playing .500 basketball. There are more than a couple of losses earlier in the season that the Kings could have gotten over the hump with just a bit more energy or had another forward other than Mo Harkless starting and scoring nothing. Kyle Kumza isn't perfect but I certainly think contributing 15 a game where Harkless and Metu have been playing would have led to more than one or two victories. Tossing in a Sixth Man of the Year candidate in Harrell with Davion would have helped take the scoring pressure off the rookie and kept the pressure on any opponent trying to relax with Richaun on the bench.

[Editors note: before grabbing your pitchforks, consider the Kings are currently just two games worse than the 6th seed in the West]

Brenden: Man… I think this team would have been better for sure. It’s obviously hard to say just how much better, but Buddy Hield has struggled on this team and Montrezl Harrell plays such a similar style to Richaun Holmes that the guards would be able to have a more consistent playstyle.

Yes, there are games that the team would not have won without Buddy Hield this season. But, I also think there are a handful of games where Buddy has been a negative while on the floor. He’s converted just six of 36 attempts from three throughout the last four games Sacramento has played. I think the team would be notably better and more balanced, but it’s hard to guess if the inconsistencies would have remained no matter.

From mthai:

How far/long into the season, and what record will they need to hold, for the Kings to either make a decision to tank or make a push for the play-in?

Tim: Personally, I'm at that point right now, but Monte McNair will probably give these guys until after the trade deadline, which kind of defeats the entire purpose of making a decision before that key date hits. Monte wants to and needs to win, so he's going to do everything in his power to make this team do so.

Will: Monte is certainly going to all this team to go as is to the trade deadline. The West's lower seeds and play-in games are WIDE open right now. This is a season where a team could truly fart around until the deadline, have a decent stretch for 10 or 20 games are climb from outside-looking-in to the sixth seed. If the Kings had some unfortunate injuries... something like Fox being out for the season or a combo of missed time for Barnes and Holmes, maybe I could see the decree from on high to start playing the youth this year, but I wouldn't say the tank would be on. He'd certainly keep most of the vets, save for maybe Buddy Hield. They'd run it back the next year with the same group plus whatever Top-8 pick they got.

Brenden:I mean, at the earliest I would think we are talking about the December 15th mark when all free agents from this past offseason are eligible to be traded. Even then, McNair really pushing to make a move to sell would probably be met with subpar offers since the Kings would appear desperate.

In my mind, the team is middle of the pack enough that people will be able to comfortably side with either of the two options you presented all the way until the trade deadline when McNair will (probably) be forced to make a move in one way or another.

From outrider:

Find legit trades for Fox, Hield, Barnes, Holmes

Tim: I'm going to cop out on the Fox trade a little bit, and only because I don't think there is a legitimate trade out there for him right now. I can't really find a team that has the right mix of assets, expiring contracts, and desperate need for a point guard to surrender a significant package. Call me back on draft night, and we'll talk.

I would send Harrison Barnes to Minnesota in exchange for Leandro Bolmaro, Taurean Prince (expiring deal), Josh Okogie (solid young player, RFA), and their first round pick this season, top-8 protected.

Buddy Hield has been on the block for a year-plus, and the Kings haven't been able to land any deal of significance, so he's not garnering much return. It's really, really difficult to find a contender that has $20 million of salary to spare, as well as assets to surrender in a Buddy deal. That being said, the Bulls want to add more shooting and scoring off of their bench, so they sent us Derrick Jones Jr. (expiring), Troy Brown Jr. (expiring), and Coby White for Hield's services.

I could also see the Hawks sending Danilo Gallinari, who has been a complete bust for them, along with Cam Reddish, to acquire Hield. Gallo is partially guaranteed next year, so the Kings save around $16 million in 2022 and $18 million in 2023.

I'M NOT TRADING HOLMES. HE'S TOO VALUABLE FOR HALIBURTON'S DEVELOPMENT. FIGHT ME!

Will: I'm certainly with Tim on the Fox trade. I'm sure there are good guys that other teams would give up for Fox and I'm certain he has value in the league but with his value wildly depressed and any team I can think needing his services without a good-old-fashion swap... it would end up being a three teamer. Suffice to say I think the Knicks could have interest and they're within $193,000 of having a legal swap for Evan Fournier, Obi Toppin and like 2 or 3 firsts for Fox. It isn't a good swap necessarily but miiiight be able to be sold as continuing the middle ground? Mitchell, Haliburton, Fournier, Barnes, and Holmes for the now with a semi-resurgent Obi Toppin and the draft picks for the future. You'd be betting on a heavy Knicks collapse but... it's the Knicks. History says that's a good bet, at least.

Buddy is currently worth the same as Russell Westbrook, right? I think at this point Buddy is going to be swapped for another bad contract that the Kings can then drop at the end of the season for cap space and maybe a young asset with some upside. The Laker's trade was peak value for Buddy and I just don't see anything like that return moving forward. Maybe the Clippers would do Eric Bledsoe, Terrence Mann, and a few seconds. Twist their arm and try to get BJ Boston from them as well. Bledsoe isn't fully guaranteed next season, cut him this summer for added cap space to do another round of Monte's dance around the edges.

Richaun Holmes is cheap enough and productive enough I think he should absolutely be a part of whatever tank you have in mind here. He plays well above his contract and pretty much anyone else at that price is going to be unavailable or underwhelming. That being said, you asked and I'll give you something. But, I won't like it. Charlotte is in need of an impact big - they'd been rumored to be interested in Holmes prior to him signing with the Kings in the off-season. Going all-in on the season, they decide to trade for a difference-maker in Holmes and give up Kelly Oubre Jr. and PJ Washington for the pleasure of doing business. Oubre has a $12 mil option for next season and the Kings absolutely need forwards but could use the cap space too, I guess. Charlotte gets out of having to pay PJ Washington what he think's he's worth in the future. I'm assuming in this universe that Neemias Queta is a superstar to make it hurt less.

Brenden: I’m siding with Tim on this one. I don’t know what sort of trade could involve De’Aaron Fox where the Kings are improving their current chances at the playoffs. So, unless the team is willing to reset around Tyrese Haliburton and embrace at least one season of poor results, I doubt we see Fox moved on. We’ve been given no reason to believe that ownership is willing to do that, so for now, I don’t have a reasonable Fox trade.

For Buddy, who is the player from this list I see as most likely to be moved on from, it’s tricky since we’ve heard that he’s on the trading block for years now with minimal interest outside the reported Lakers deal (which was probably just LA being desperate rather than an example of potential deals down the line). What feels most likely, in my mind, is Hield being a part of a larger deal that includes significant draft assets to bring a starting-caliber wing/forward. Ben Simmons is the obvious one, but also players like Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner, or Jerami Grant.

Trading Barnes and Holmes only makes sense if the team is willing to be worse this season for the sake of bettering the future. For Barnes, something like sending him to Chicago for Patrick Williams and Derrick Jones Jr. is intriguing to me -- but the Bulls would have to continue to play well and feel like they need to capitalize on a potential championship window in order to comfortably move on from a promising player like Williams.

Holmes is not someone I would look to move, because he’s on a phenomenal contract and there’s no need to trade him. He feels more like a player who other teams will target and then approach McNair with a deal first rather than him being shopped around.

From Adamsite:

With Hali more recently running the offense and killing it with Holmes in the pick-and-roll, would Fox be better served in an off-ball role, much like Jrue Holiday or Devin Booker?

Tim: No, because he can't shoot, nor does he move off of the ball. Holiday and Booker are both at least average marksmen from deep - Fox is not. If you watch any Kings game, if Haliburton is running the offense, Fox does nothing but stand above the arc and watch the ball move around the court. Maybe a different coach could fix that habit, but frankly, I just don't think Fox and Haliburton work particularly well together on either end of the court.

Will: Yeah I think it could work in theory, I just don't think the Kings have the scheme to make it work properly and Fox doesn't have the shooting necessary to really ensure that success. Give Fox another year or so to recover his shooting progress and Hali to gain confidence and I can squint and see it. It just won't be happening this year.

Brenden: I will say, Fox does shoot well off-ball -- he’s converted 35 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes this season after knocking those shots down at a 39 percent rate in the year prior. That being said, I still think this team is best served with De’Aaron Fox as the primary initiator on most possessions rather than Haliburton. The wording I often used last season for Tyrese is that he’s amazing at capitalizing on advantageous situations but really struggles to create those advantages himself. I think that statement remains true throughout this season, even if there has been progress in his self-creation. Personally, I want to see more aggression from Tyrese (especially with his 3PAs) before I’d be willing to entertain the idea of him being the “number one option” over De’Aaron Fox.

From Melmoth:

As the trade deadline approaches, do you think Marvin Bagley's $11.3 million expiring contract will yield anything of value in a swap?

Tim: No - he's filler salary in a larger trade and nothing more. No one wants him or they would have traded for him by now.

Will: Do you value second round picks? Do you value cap space?

Brenden: As Tim said, his use is his contract. That salary is very useful for matching in deals, especially if you combine him with someone like Tristan Thompson, who is making just over $9-million, then you are able to inquire about starter caliber players making somewhere in the $20-million range. If you combine Bagley with Buddy, you can have conversations about max-salary players in return. But, the true value Sacramento can provide in those types of deals is draft capital, not the players themselves.

From Carl:

Do the Kings make any significant personnel changes at the deadline? If not, how much longer does the front office have before they're in trouble?

Tim: I think one of Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes will be traded for multiple, worse pieces that better balance the roster. Will it help the Kings overall? Eh, we'll see.

Will: I probably should have photoshopped a Monte McNair version of The X-Files' "I Want to Believe" poster at some point before this season. I truly want to think that Monte sees that the team he inherited and kept around for multiple seasons now just isn't working out. But, I truly think that he's going to stay pat. He might swap out some bench guys for another, different forward. Maybe a Buddy trade has some likelihood of happening... but I really can't trust they'll do anything this year when we all thought this was happening LAST season.

I think they have till about 25 games into next season before they are truly in the hot seat. They'll get a chance to pick a coach and tinker in the off-season but if the Kings aren't ready to kick down doors come December of next year? They might be gone in the off-season.

Brenden: I’m expecting Buddy Hield to be moved by the deadline, but it feels like we’ve been saying that for years now. He just does not fit on this roster if you look past the idea that the team needs shooting, which Buddy is obviously elite at. Positionally, he’s difficult to make fit, he remains a negative on the defensive end of the floor, and he’s throwing up some ridiculous shot attempts.

If there is no reasonable deals for Hield at the deadline, McNair is probably going to feel pressured to make something happen anyway. At that point, I think my previously mentioned package of Marvin Bagley and Tristan Thompson could be shopped around often. I’d guess that Buddy Hield is traded, but I’d be straight-up shocked if Marvin Bagley is NOT traded. Barring a drastic change, there’s little reason to believe Sacramento would push to retain him in free agency this offseason, so they might as well use his $11-million to bring in some other talent.

If the Kings do nothing this deadline, I think we will start to see some serious finger-pointing at Monte McNair. Unless the team is surprisingly better than we have seen so far, obviously.

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1951
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December 7, 2021 9:12 am

1951

 December 2, 2021 8:21 am

Can Fox ever be what the Kings need him to be in order to be a true title contender?

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The Kings Herald ducking Fox (questions)! 😉

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December 7, 2021 9:29 am
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Not as surprising as Tim ducking cooking questions!

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December 7, 2021 9:35 am

Maybe @ him on twitter with some cooking questions.

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December 7, 2021 9:50 am
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I think Tim’s alter ego is @thevulgarchef on Instagram.

That became one of my top pandemic boredom follows.

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December 7, 2021 9:29 am

In the hypothetical universe of the Kings trading Fox, Buddy, Barnes, and/or Bagley I think two of the these 4 results could happen:

1)Fox to the Pels centered around Murphy III, Satoransky, Hart, and a pick

2)Barnes to the Bulls for youth like Williams, White, Jones Jr.

3)Bagley and a protected pick to the tanking Pistons for Grant.

4)Buddy to the Lakers for some sort of Horton-Tucker and Nunn package

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December 7, 2021 9:43 am
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Tough to make a hard argument against any of these, but I still don’t want to do shit that might help those entitled dicks in Los Angeles.

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December 7, 2021 9:52 am
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Personally, I don’t think Buddy is going to help the Lakers much, I’m just betting on the fact that the Lakers think Buddy will help them. I don’t see them beating the Dubs, Suns, Jazz, or even Nuggets in a 7 games series, with or without Buddy. I say take advantage of the their ego and desperation.

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December 7, 2021 10:05 am
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I love Patrick Williams, I think he can have a good career. That would probably be a good move for the Bulls as well, Barnes would fit in well with that team.

I think Grant could get a much better return for the Pistons, but do you think they will trade him? I have read quite a bit from James Edwards, who covers Detroit for The Athletic, about how much he wanted to play there and what he is doing in the community.

When the Kings played the Lakers twice in a few days, I thought of the same trade scenario you did. I don’t love THT, but it would make sense for both teams.

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December 7, 2021 10:13 am
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I agree that the Pistons could get a lot more for Grant. I just feel he doesn’t fit their youthful timeline of Cade, Hayes, and Stewart. Contenders will come knocking but the Kings have a some good exprings. Grant isn’t worth anything more than a late first rounder and the Pistons rumored interest in Bagley is why I threw that one out there. They can kick the tires on him and see if he is worth hanging onto with their core.

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December 7, 2021 10:28 am
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Williams sounds like a great young kid and appears to have a solid future ahead of him in the NBA. I would hate for him to come to Sac and be subjected to the crap that goes on here.

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December 7, 2021 9:41 am

Will made some terrific points about the Kings opportunity to tear things down to the studs during the lockdown, in order to field a competitive squad with room for improvement once things got back to normal.

Things are not remotely back to normal. Winter will be another culling.

I also thought he nailed it when he said that Kings should just lean into to ignominious punch that comes with record-setting futility, and just do what needs to be done. If all of your brilliant moves have led you to this point, mustn’t you consider a different philosophy?

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December 7, 2021 9:54 am

OT: IMO, Myles Turner would pair very nicely with Holmes.

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December 7, 2021 10:35 am
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Or dare I say Sabonis and Queta 🙂

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December 7, 2021 11:12 am
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What is this? A quality organization realizing they don’t have it, and then committing to a rebuild?

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December 7, 2021 11:53 am
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Key word in your comment: “quality”

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December 7, 2021 12:00 pm
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Do you know they are a quality org? They are on their third coach in three years, and fan interest is down greatly.

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December 7, 2021 12:16 pm
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I don’t think we Kings fans have any right to criticize another teams lack of measurable quality. Kings are on their 3rd coach in 3 years as well, and will likely be 4th in 4 years this summer. Pot meet kettle.

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December 7, 2021 12:20 pm
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Playoffs 9 of the last 11 years. Small market. Generally good decision makers. Sounds like a dream come true to me.

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December 7, 2021 12:37 pm
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They also hired a top notch coach this past summer.

Maybe they just come to the their conclusions faster and act accordingly. Last year they blamed the coach for not making strides with their roster and fired him. Now that they have a very good coach, they realize it is the roster. They don’t fiddle-fart around for a decade like the Kings.

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December 7, 2021 4:32 pm
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Their owner stays the fuck out of it and hires hoops people
who figure it out.

Again, the bummer in all this is the piece of shit owner for
the Kings not allowing for growth.

I also believe fans would come back in droves if the Kings blew it up. No one gives a shot about losing right now, it’s the lack of hope for a future that crushes the fan base.

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December 7, 2021 11:47 am
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I don’t know why people think GMing is all that hard. I mean, I’d have to throw in a second or two but still:

http://www.espn.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=y36lrujg

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December 7, 2021 12:28 pm
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The problem with any of those players is none of them can shoot for distance. Big reasons they are being talked about. Lavert and Sabonis are terrible 3 pt shooters. Kings need more shooting and these players don’t address these areas. Myles is overrated and weak rebounder.

If the Kings really want to make a proper push, Players like Reddish and Wood. I also would love a trade with the Bulls for Williams, Jones, and White.

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December 7, 2021 4:59 pm
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Reddish is fine as a low-cost target with some upside to become a quality role player, but he isn’t there yet and nobody should make a move for him that counts on him getting there. I’m not sure why Houston would be interested in moving Wood. He’s young, good and on a team-friendly deal. He’s exactly what a rebuilding team like the Rockets should want to hold onto. Williams, Jones, and White are all fine targets as well, but again, their impact is all theoretical. They’re not targets if you want to “make a proper push.” They’re more targets for a team planning a proper tank/full rebuild.

LeVert, Sabonis, and Turner are all significantly more impactful NBA players and more likely to continue to be than the other guys you list. Again, those guys are fine targets, but not it you’re looking for any near term impact. As for Turner being overrated, well, I have no idea how you rate him. He’s a good floor stretcher for a center and an elite defender. He’s a sub-par rebounder for his size and isn’t much of a passer. As such, it’s all about how you use him. But if you think the Kings need more shooting, Turner is an upgrade in that department.

On a sidenote, IF the Kings were to deal with the Pacers, I would make a serious effort to see if I could get Brissett thrown in.

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December 7, 2021 10:15 am

From sims:

Which do you find more adorable? Baby elephants, or puppies in hats?

Tim: When I was born, you waited
behind a pile of linen in the nursery,
and when we were alone, you lay down
on top of me, pressing
the bile of desolation into every pore.

And from that day on
everything under the sun and moon
made me sad — even the yellow
wooden beads that slid and spun
along a spindle on my crib.

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December 7, 2021 10:17 am
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How about hats that are really elephants eaten by boa constrictors?
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December 7, 2021 10:47 am
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I’ll allow it. Hell, I’ll champion it.

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December 9, 2021 7:34 pm
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Please sims. Do you speak French? Personally I doubt it. Learning to be a Kangz is far more difficult. Allors!

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December 7, 2021 11:54 am
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You put 4 puppies out there alongside Davion and I think we’d be able to compete. Davion would inspire them to play better defense.

If he can inspire Foxes to do so, why not pups?

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December 7, 2021 1:49 pm
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Who wins: Davion Mitchel and 4 puppies vs. the Golden State Warriors?

Da Kings.

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December 7, 2021 10:54 am

“if you look past the idea that the team needs shooting, which Buddy is obviously elite at.”– he is definitely “elite” at shooting, not so much at “making”…

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December 7, 2021 12:02 pm
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You are fucking high.

A career 40% shooter from distance, on massive volume. I can’t imagine what it is that you’re talking about.

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December 7, 2021 12:14 pm
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Being high is probably the best way to follow this team.

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December 9, 2021 7:36 pm

I’ve tried. Amazing how quickly you’re not “high” anymore

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December 7, 2021 12:23 pm
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The problem is, he’s not trending that way anymore. He’s on his 5th straight year of declining 3PT% and 4th straight year of declining FG%. Sort of matches his declining contract, amirite?

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December 7, 2021 1:19 pm
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You really have to clean your glasses in regards to Buddy. 2nd in total 3Ps made this year, 80th in shooting percentage… that is a team-killer. Declining numbers year-after-year… not seeing what you see, sorry.

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December 7, 2021 2:11 pm
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Shooters don’t forget how to shoot. And while it’s below his career average, 36.4% on high volume still carries a ton of value. He’ll be north of 39% for the season.

Just like he always is.

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December 7, 2021 2:29 pm
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So he has throw up 20 shots to average 24 pts a game.

As a team this team sucks at shooting the ball. Buddy jacking up threes does not help this team. On another team he has value as player put in for certain situations.

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December 7, 2021 4:59 pm

I’ll have what she’s having.

Bag of chips incoming!

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December 7, 2021 4:38 pm
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And just the threat of him shooting has gravity-pulls defenders to him.

Shit, some team(s) were making stopping Buddy their priority.

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December 7, 2021 2:19 pm
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Maybe it’s the quality of shots he’s having to take. When was the last time you remember seeing buddy get a catch and shoot wide open 3? Seriously. The double ring around the rosy near the top of the 3 line with the center hand off for 3 with one or two defenders trailing or jumping out is what I’ve been seeing for the season so far.

He’s not getting transition 3’s as much, he’s not getting drive and kick out 3’s, he’s getting dribble hand off 3’s and a lot of threes from him making moves. It’s not conducive for makes. The fact that his percentage is actually that high on bad quality shots is amazing.

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December 7, 2021 4:26 pm
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It just so happens that one of the NBA’s best “create open 3s for teammates” PGs is cooling his heels on a couch somewhere in Philadelphia. Oh, he also happens to play multi-positional DPOY level defense and is a excellent positional rebounder.

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December 7, 2021 4:39 pm

isnt he the best at that? Either way, top 3.

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December 7, 2021 6:57 pm

Sadly he doesn’t actually play anything at the moment.

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December 7, 2021 1:50 pm
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Being high isn’t necessarily the reason for a bad take.

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December 7, 2021 4:36 pm
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Yes. I don’t quite understand the anti Buddy feelings. I get that his D is so-so but he’s an elite shooter. Tough to find and something to hold onto. I want them to keep Buddy.

Id rather they trade guys who can’t shoot-Fox, and get shooters.

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December 7, 2021 5:00 pm
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I’d consider moving him, but I wouldn’t be in a hurry.

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December 7, 2021 7:49 pm

Sure. Any player is moveable at this point but I’d like to keep shooters and get more.

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December 7, 2021 5:00 pm
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Fans here treat players like gods until they sign with Sacramento.

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December 7, 2021 5:04 pm
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Eh, fans here treat most players like gods after signing as well. Our problems tends to be expecting players to be someth

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December 7, 2021 11:05 am

Why doesn’t anyone ever answer questions about Matina? Is she the Voldemort of Sacramento and we must never speak her name?

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December 7, 2021 11:43 am
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Maybe nobody knows what “she who must not be named” actually does in the organization?

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December 7, 2021 11:55 am
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We need to trick her into joining one of the Spaces on twitter, and then everyone ask only Matina questions.

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December 7, 2021 11:56 am
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Why doesn’t anyone ever answer questions about Matina?

Most writers fear having to sleep in coffins for eternity and would also like to go out in the sun.

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December 7, 2021 12:20 pm
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So out of sight out of mind? What if she deserves the brunt of the blame and has been pulling all the wrong strings for decades? Things may never change if she’s the common denominator and big part of the root cause. Nice reference to Amick’s buried bodies quote. Since KH isn’t associated with the Kings, maybe we can get to the bottom of this.

From Amick’s piece in 2018, he said her ” level of influence on both the business and basketball sides is at an all-time high” and that she’s the only person Vivek actually trusts. Pretty sure she has more influence than Monte who only just arrived to Sacramento and barely unpacked his bags.
https://theathletic.com/662849/2018/11/19/amick-the-kangz-want-to-be-kings-again-then-its-time-they-take-their-fans-frustration-more-seriously/

She was the one who convinced Vivek to get rid of Pete and Mullins.
https://hoopshype.com/tag/matina-kolokotronis/

Here’s her Kings bio:
https://www.nba.com/kings/roster/matina_kolokotronis

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December 7, 2021 1:02 pm
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What if she deserves the brunt of the blame

I don’t know what to tell you. I’ve fully embraced the clown show and no longer expect anything else.

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December 7, 2021 2:20 pm
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The need to hang on to any shred from That Year We Were Good has been destructive as hell. The blame is on Ranadive, but does anyone doubt that Kolokotronis was VD’s biggest cheerleader to become GM?

The players have all been replaced. The coaches have all been replaced. The lone remaining factor is Operations, the person with the most juice predates current ownership, and has overseen what is possibly the least successful professional sports franchise in history.

But let’s give her another twenty years, I’m sure that she’ll turn things around.

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December 7, 2021 11:06 am

I’ve been pretty consistent about saying Fox is the King’s Monta Ellis and should be traded to make way for Haliburton and Mitchell. It’s been an unpopular opinion, but glad everyone is finally seeing the light

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December 7, 2021 11:59 am
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If we get rid of Fox, that just leaves a hole open for Vivek to fill it with the actual Monta Ellis…
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December 7, 2021 12:23 pm
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More like another center. What would Vivek do? Copy whatever the Warriors did and they got Andrew Bogut… Does anyone think Klay and Curry would have flourished with Monta around?

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December 7, 2021 2:04 pm

Thanks for your answers!

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December 7, 2021 5:17 pm

not only did they miss out on Blake Griffin in that tank year, they also passed on Stephen Curry after he showed up on draft night wearing a purple tie.

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December 7, 2021 5:32 pm

OT: Holy crap. Hoping the best for CJ.

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December 7, 2021 11:16 pm

Tank for Chet

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December 8, 2021 8:09 am
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Chet, Paolo, or Jabari Smith. Either of those 3 would be fine.

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December 8, 2021 8:19 am
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Winless for Wembanyama

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December 8, 2021 9:59 am
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I thought so too, but he’s a 2023 guy.

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December 8, 2021 9:42 am

We need shooters!! I would love to get Jaylen Brown for D Fox straight up. They wanted HB in the past, so include HB and Bags for Nesmith. We got our wings/shooter. They get their premier point guard and a decent/reliable wing in HB.

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