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I’m always harping on how I think the Kings should target underutilized players with upside. These can be guys that are G-leaguers, journeymen, or just deep bench guys that I think could be good in more minutes. Examples of these guys are Wood, Boucher, Rozier, and our very own Richaun Holmes back in the PHI/PHX days. So this post isn’t so much a trade idea, as a list of guys that I think could be low-cost, low-risk, high-reward targets. You could see them as potential throw-ins for bigger deals, or returns for smaller trades (Bjelica, GRIII, Whiteside, etc.). Since this post is somewhat inspired by my ongoing interest in Nicolas Claxton (The Nets sure could use a Whiteside or Holmes.) we’ll start there. Note, part of this is focusing on guys that I think the other team would be willing to part with on the relative cheap:

 

Nic Claxton (BKN)

Goga Bitadze (IND)

Korkmaz (PHI)

Terrence Davis (TOR) - He seems to be falling out of the rotation a bit. 

Windler (CLE)

Giles (POR) - WHAHAHAHAHA!

Roby (OKC) 

Vanderbilt (MIN)

Horton-Tucker (LAL)

Riller (CHA)

Hinton (DAL)

 

 


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With the Timberwolves already having a #1 pick invested in Anthony Edwards, a #6 pick invested in Jarrett Culver and $20 mil invested in Malik Beasley... I'd love to see the Kings go after SG Josh Okogie. He's 22, a fantastic defender and stuck playing bit minutes behind everyone. I really think given consistent minutes off the bench he could end up on an All-Defensive team a couple years from now. 

 

 


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I’m always harping on how I think the Kings should target underutilized players with upside. These can be guys that are G-leaguers, journeymen, or just deep bench guys that I think could be good in more minutes. Examples of these guys are Wood, Boucher, Rozier, and our very own Richaun Holmes back in the PHI/PHX days. So this post isn’t so much a trade idea, as a list of guys that I think could be low-cost, low-risk, high-reward targets. You could see them as potential throw-ins for bigger deals, or returns for smaller trades (Bjelica, GRIII, Whiteside, etc.). Since this post is somewhat inspired by my ongoing interest in Nicolas Claxton (The Nets sure could use a Whiteside or Holmes.) we’ll start there. Note, part of this is focusing on guys that I think the other team would be willing to part with on the relative cheap:

 

Nic Claxton (BKN)

Goga Bitadze (IND)

Korkmaz (PHI)

Terrence Davis (TOR) - He seems to be falling out of the rotation a bit. 

Windler (CLE)

Giles (POR) - WHAHAHAHAHA!

Roby (OKC) 

Vanderbilt (MIN)

Horton-Tucker (LAL)

Riller (CHA)

Hinton (DAL)

 

Do any of those guys have more to offer than players the Kings already have in Woodard, James, Guy, Metu or Ramsey?


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@adamsite I mean, I personally think so. I don't think James or Guy are likely to be NBA contributors. Woodard is a huge project. Davis is kinda who you hope Ramsey can someday become if everything goes right. Regardless, even if some of those current Kings can become something, you can't have too many young talented players on the cheap. 


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@besthyperboleever I guess I feel if those guys are cracking the rotation on other teams, then they likely won't here as well, much like the current rostered guys I mentioned. Right now, unless a few of the core 9 guys in the rotation are moved, adding any of those players seems rather useless. 


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@adamsite Of course, there are any number of reason they may or may not be cracking the rotation including team personnel (ie. With a healthy KAT, Vanderbilt isn't going to get a lot of time, Bitadze is sitting behind Sabonis and Turner, etc.) or team context (ie. the Nets are shooting for a title right now so they may be more interested in a reliable vet from whom you know what you're going to get like Holmes or Whiteside instead of developing a young guy like Claxton). 

And, yes, since these are trades, I'm assuming current rotation members would be moving out creating more space in the Kings rotation for young players. 


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DeAnthony Melton and Malik Monk should be on this list as well. Would love to see the Kings target one or both of them at the deadline.


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This is a guy who's been largely under the radar most of his career, but has been productive and efficient when he's gotten minutes. He's twenty-seven, but has fairly low mileage, never having averaged more than thirty-three minutes per game. He's been out this season, and has only just gotten back to playing in games, but his shooting from distance has been over forty percent in the past two seasons, which jibes with his free throw numbers, which have been over eighty percent.

I don't see him as a game-changer, but he could be a solid rotation player, and start when necessary. He's owed twelve million for this season, and about $12.5 for the next, but if Hield was offered, the rookie Bitadze might be worth taking a flyer on. Goga doesn't appear to be a stretch guy, looking at his numbers from behind the arc, but his free throw percentage is over seventy, so there might be something there. If I'm reading things right, Indiana has only their own first-rounders available as assets, so I'm not sure how inclined they'd be to include one instead of another player with Warren.

Myles Turner has made Warren fairly expendable, but I'm not sure that a trade could be configured that would be amenable to both teams. I guess we could always ask to get Jakari Sampson back.

None of this is a hill that I'm willing to die on, though.


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I think the Kings missed their chance to get TJ Warren at a decent price when the Suns inexplicably traded him + a pick as a salary dump. Now, not only is he a key scorer for the Pacers when he's on the court, but I they're really thin on the wings. He and turner don't really player the same position with Warren being a 3/4 type (like Barnes) and Turner being more of a 4/5. As for Goga, he has a nice shot. He hasn't taken a ton in the NBA (only 4 in his 7 games this year. Only 46 total.). If we include his G-league player to get a slightly bigger sample he's 19-77. Which still isn't great, but his touch, mechanics and "success" at his age lead me to believe he'll be at least a decent floor stretcher.


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@besthyperboleever
Good info, thank you! I just hate seeing Warren glued to the bench when he's been so productive when he plays. Truly baffling that Phoenix basically threw him out for nothing.


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