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Breaking: Kings trading for Mfiondu Kabengele

Sacramento will get a free look at a former first round selection.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Sacramento Kings have acquired Los Angeles Clippers center Mfiondu Kabengele for a protected future second round selection.

The wording by Woj is interesting, as it's rare for teams to trade protected second round picks, unless they're really nothing at all, such as a pick that's protected for selections 30-55, or something along those lines. Sacramento likely surrendered nothing in the deal. Meanwhile, the Clippers will drop $2.6 million below the hard cap in the deal, which will help them at the trade deadline and in the buyout market, and they'll send a future second round selection and cash to the Kings as compensation.

From Sacramento's side of things, they'll get a free look at a former first round pick. Kabengele was taken 27th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2019 NBA Draft after averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 boards as a sophomore with the Florida State Seminoles. With the Clippers this year, Kabengele hasn't gotten many opportunities, as he's averaged just 1.2 points and 0.6 rebounds in 4.1 minutes per game. As James Ham notes, Kabengele's third year option has already been declined.

Sean Cunningham also shared a helpful pronunciation guide:

We'll keep you updated as the Kings continue to make moves up until the trade deadline on March 25th.

Update: ESPN's Bobby Marks added some clarification on the cap and money specifics.

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billoddity
March 22, 2021 7:19 pm

The clippers wouldn’t take Bagley so it had to be a protected 2nd round pick instead.

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March 22, 2021 7:28 pm

next

FarmerGuy
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March 22, 2021 7:28 pm

I know we haven’t done this much since TKH commenced, but WHERE IN THE HELL IS THE YELLOW BANNER, GUYS?

MillersCornrows
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March 22, 2021 7:32 pm

OMG this is amazing! The trade nobody saw coming! What a stat stuffer!

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March 22, 2021 7:33 pm

Being an SF Giants fan, this feels very Farhan Zaidi-esk. Cheap look at a previous prospect to fill out the lack of depth at the end of the bench. Also looks like we pick up an additional 2nd rounder for our services in adding to payroll. I know nothing of this guy but he is young and a cheap flyer. This adds one to the roster without removing anyone, which gets me the most excited about this move. Seemingly a precursor for others transactions to occur, but not necessarily required for the cost.

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March 22, 2021 8:26 pm
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I don’t know why you’ve never heard of Mfiondu Kabengele. He’s scored like 27 points this season! They picked him up to package him with Bagley.

Hozr
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March 23, 2021 1:40 pm

So he’s there to basically sweeten the salary dump. Gotcha.

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March 22, 2021 7:40 pm

So it begins…

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March 22, 2021 7:51 pm

There are 3 things certain in life: Death, Taxes, and the Kings wanting Cash Considerations.

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March 22, 2021 8:01 pm
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Very exciting to have Cash Considerations back on the squad

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March 22, 2021 8:12 pm
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March 22, 2021 11:06 pm
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Gotta love this Cash too

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March 22, 2021 8:34 pm
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Offsetting the future dead money on Walton’s contract

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March 22, 2021 7:57 pm

I couldn’t find the answer…if the Clippers have already declined his option is he unrestricted at end of the year? Are there any rights or restrictive elements to his contract to benefit Kings at end of year, if they did want to resign?

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March 22, 2021 8:08 pm
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He is a UFA at the end of the season. Kings are simply getting paid to eat his remaining salary and lower the Clippers tax bill.

Kings now stand at 15 rostered players. He will likely be cut if any additional trades are done between now and Thursday that bring in additional players. Hell., he might get cut regardless of any additional trades. Why pay his travel expenses?

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March 22, 2021 8:11 pm
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Thanks for clarifying…he is a little interesting to me. In a Kings fan desperation sort of way : )

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March 23, 2021 1:43 pm
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They’re renting a Uhaul for Bagley to drive down to LA and pick him up so they’ll only be out the cost of the Uhaul.

illuminance
March 22, 2021 8:10 pm

There goes the tank!

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March 22, 2021 8:58 pm

With this idiotic staff/lack of plan, he likely won’t get any minutes

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March 22, 2021 9:01 pm

From a glass half full view, he has a quick release and high BBIQ (there is tape of him making a read and directing Kennard to reset the offense, resulting in free throws) based off of a quick 10 min highlight binge on youtube. But realistically this is the Kangz if Jeffries isn’t getting burn he sure as hell isn’t either.

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March 22, 2021 9:14 pm
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Just watched 4 minutes of highlights when Kabengele played for Agua Caliente. He seemed like a fun player to watch. Sick dunks in the pick and roll and in a transition. Also, took his man off the dribble a few times.

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March 22, 2021 9:03 pm

Eh… If the Clips couldn’t use him, I don’t see much value in him. Clips need front court help. If he wasn’t getting any burn in L.A., I doubt this amounts to anything. Other, that addt’l insurance if Whiteside/Holmes are moved.

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March 22, 2021 9:07 pm
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Whiteside is gone by this weekend at the latest.

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March 22, 2021 9:39 pm
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I don’t view that as much of a bad thing. Teams like the Clippers prefer to play older veterans. He has Batum, Morris, Kawhi, George, and Patterson eating those minutes at the forward positions. He was a 1st round pick. I honestly have no problem taking flyers on young guys from top teams. Theoretically he should be better than the majority of our bench based off of his draft position.

Ok. That took all of today’s remaining positivity for this team to say. You are most likely right though LMAO.

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March 22, 2021 9:05 pm

bout to pick up a Kabengele city edition jersey

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March 22, 2021 9:18 pm

LAC give up MK + 2 mill in cash + rest of his salary + a top 55 protected 2022 Hawks pick ( to convey Hawks would have to finish in top 5) for Kings protected second round pick – not sure of details but “unlikely to convey”)
LAC get roster and salary space. Kings get free look, cash and could cut him if something better comes along. Hence, cash considerations deal.

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March 22, 2021 9:24 pm
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Not sure why they asked for the Hawks pick. The one thing that popped in my brain is Kings could technically ask for the protections to be removed/reduced if they make a subsequent trade with the Hawks.

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March 22, 2021 9:56 pm

I feel like we could win fifty games this year.

Maybe the young man can get Bagley’s minutes instead of Whiteside. It literally will cost nothing to see what he’s got.

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March 22, 2021 10:10 pm

He was a beast in some games at Florida State. I wonder how much of that was Leonard Hamilton.

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March 22, 2021 10:15 pm

Mfiondu Kabengele

#Metu3.0?

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March 23, 2021 1:46 pm
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That’s pretty cheesy.

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March 23, 2021 8:13 am

With that important culture-building win, the Kings are now 8th in the ping pong ball race, and with another big win can move all the way into a tie for 12th.

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March 23, 2021 8:34 am
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Disaster…

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March 23, 2021 9:43 am
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And the next three games are all eminently winnable (obviously you never know with this team). But I’m starting to feel more comfortable with my preseason prediction of 32 wins.

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March 23, 2021 9:46 am
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back up to a 40.5% WIN% baby! Just have to go 14-16 in their remaining 30 games to tie last season’s win total.

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March 23, 2021 11:16 am
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Ya’ll are making me sad.

After that Cavs win and the trade we pulled off, I am thinking this team really has a shot at … (I can’t even finish typing this joke)

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March 23, 2021 11:54 am
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The kings are SIX wins away from the bottom three.

Wave goodbye.

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March 23, 2021 1:47 pm
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… a shot in the back by Haliburton?

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March 23, 2021 1:09 pm

Wooooo!!!

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