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Kings Pulse: Full 2021 Trade Deadline Primer

Nearly 90 minutes of conversation about the upcoming trade deadline from Sacramento's point of view.

The trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and Sacramento continues to be mentioned in rumors.

For a while, Harrison Barnes to the Boston Celtics seemed inevitable. Now, it is being reported that a deal between those two teams seems unlikely.

We talk about seeing through the smokescreens on this episode and rank the potential assets that Boston has to offer for Barnes from Sacramento's point of view.

While Boston is the team most linked to Barnes, there are other potential suitors (Miami? Denver?) that may have an interest, and we layout hypothetical deals.

Nemanja Bjelica is the most obvious candidate on Sacramento's roster to be moved at minimal cost, but we break down what that cost exactly could be from the teams he has been linked to.

Is there any chance that Monte McNair could find some value in Hassan Whiteside, Cory Joseph, or Jabari Parker?

Buddy Hield has been mentioned as available before, but a deal seems unlikely. We discuss what a reasonable return could be for the sharpshooter and the pros and cons of holding onto him.

If one of Barnes or Hield is not traded, retaining Richaun Holmes could be very difficult this offseason and therefore I would not be shocked to hear his name thrown around in the coming week. We talk about what a trade involving Holmes should look like if McNair knows he will be out of his ideal price range.

John Collins and Aaron Gordon have been mentioned as available and they somewhat fit the timeline of De'Aaron Fox. Are those players that Sacramento should be inquiring about?

We dive into a whole lot in this trade deadline primer episode and it is sure to be a busy next week or so for the front office.

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March 17, 2021 8:14 am

Trade Fox and Haliburton for a bag of chips. Kings will have same record over the next 10 years

March 17, 2021 9:52 am
Reply to  SexyNapear

Great insight, very helpful.

March 17, 2021 9:12 am

It’s never a fun week when you’re a Kings fan…

March 17, 2021 9:46 am

Personally I don’t think the Kings need to worry about cap space w/r/t Holmes. If they use the early bird exception to sign him, then they can give him a 4 year deal with an AAV of ~$11.2 million. That’s basically the upper limit of what I’d feel comfortable paying him. Then they’d still have the full MLE, biannual, rookie exception(s), plus any cap space and/or TPEs they may obtain to fill out their roster.

March 17, 2021 11:08 am
Reply to  RORDOG

Also, if they feel like Holmes is headed towards a payday in that +$12 million range, then I like the idea that Bryant(?) had of trading for Wendell Carter Jr. It seems like he’s gettable, and I was actually in the minority that thought he was a better prospect than Bagley coming out of Duke. Holmes for Carter is the simplest way to make the trade work moneywise. Holmes/Buddy for Carter/OPJ would be fun too though. I don’t know what else would need to be added to make either trade fair for both sides, but it seems like they could make it work.

March 17, 2021 2:22 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

I think the OPJ train has left. He’s looking pretty washed now. Now MPJ…that’s intriguing 🤔🤔🤔

March 17, 2021 3:13 pm
Reply to  9sac8

You’re not really trading for OPJ because you think he’ll help the team that much. He’s a big expiring. Any actual on-court production he provides is gravy. That trade, I would guess, is designed to get Carter Jr. and get out from under Hield’s contract.

As for MPJ, the Nuggets aren’t moving him for anything short of a bonafide star.

March 17, 2021 4:14 pm

Otto Porter is the salary filler that could also be the stopgap 4 if he’s willing to re-sign on a reasonable deal.

March 17, 2021 9:52 am

I don’t speak the language, but is “Tim Bontemps” French for “Tim Goodtimes?”

March 17, 2021 10:03 am
Reply to  andy_sims

the name checks out:
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March 17, 2021 11:08 am
Reply to  RORDOG

Hah, perfect!

March 17, 2021 10:17 am
Reply to  andy_sims

laissez les bon temps rouler my man

March 17, 2021 10:14 am

You do not trade Cory, Jabari or Hassan ! You give them away and pay what is left of salaries ! That is their value ! ZIP

March 17, 2021 3:21 pm
Reply to  rockbottom

Unless they’re filler, Joseph and Parker are likely just waiting out their deals and walking (Joseph with a $2.4MM check in her pocket).

March 17, 2021 12:52 pm

Saw this Knicks blog article proposing trades for Buddy Hield:

Imagine being Monte and trying to keep a straight face after anyone of these offers. Little does this guy know we’d get rid of Buddy for a 2026 2nd and a couple taco bell hot sauce packets

March 17, 2021 3:32 pm
Reply to  jwalker1395

Imagine the reaction if it came out that any of those offers were on the table and Monte said no.

March 17, 2021 3:54 pm
Reply to  jwalker1395

Holy cow…I almost felt the need to email the writer and tell him just how ridiculous those offers were. Almost 😅

March 17, 2021 3:59 pm
Reply to  WizsSox

It’s like The Secret. He put it out into the universe. Now all we have to do is focus on manifesting it. A vision board wouldn’t hurt either.

March 17, 2021 1:03 pm

The ongoing narrative that Hassan Whiteside doesn’t produce when he plays continues to baffle me. I agree that you take a second-rounder if offered, but if he goes to the Lakers, assuming he plays 25-30 minutes, I’d not be shocked to see him average a double/double down there.

March 17, 2021 1:07 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

how many additional wins does that double/double give them versus not having Whiteside on the roster?

March 17, 2021 1:25 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

This is the big argument against Whiteside. He certainly puts up nice stat lines but…is it amounting to anything? The anti-Haliburton.

March 17, 2021 4:09 pm

I bet Bjelica has more value around the league than Nesmith.

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