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Kings Pulse: Talking through the offseason w/ James Ham

Kings Insider James Ham joins the show to talk about the offseason.

James Ham, Kings' Insider for NBC California, joined the show to talk about the draft, trades, free agency, and Sacramento's future plan.

With Davion Mitchell just wrapping up the California Classic we start with talking about the thought process behind selecting the Baylor guard at pick nine. The idea of building a culture is mentioned often.

Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley's names are getting thrown around daily in fake trades. I'm sure those players are fully aware of that, so does it now become a need to move on from them? We of course touch on the idea of trading for Ben Simmons and Pascal Siakam, and if Harrison Barnes could be apart of that deal.

I asked James who on the roster is likely considered untouchable in current trade conversations. De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton are the obvious two, but is there anyone aside from those two? Davion Mitchell?

James explains why the Tristan Thompson has not been completed yet and when it will be. We talk through the center logjam that now exists with Thompson, Richaun Holmes, and Alex Len. Could Tristan Thomspon play some 4? (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, NO)

To close, we walk through how the Sacramento Kings could create max cap space next offseason - even if they trade for a Simmons/Siakam type of player this year. They could have seven quality NBA players on their roster and still be working with max cap space, if they are patient with the MLE this offseason.

The Kings Pulse podcast is available on all major listening platforms.

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Peja
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August 5, 2021 9:31 pm

My wife: “What are you listening to? Are they talking about aliens and sex”

Me: “Don’t worry honey, it’s just James Ham talking”

HongKongKingsFan
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August 6, 2021 1:04 am

Why you don’t ask Ham when Bagley and Hield will be traded ?

we have been waiting for too long to see that happen.

Rumor said they would be gone in Draft night, and right now a few days into trade period, and they still with the team ?

I just cannot withstand one more moment with Bagley as a member of the Kings.

p.s. I want no part of TT, Bagley, and maybe Hield (can those 3 be traded for Ben Simmons?)

KangzofLeon
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August 6, 2021 2:10 am

Only if you include davion + Holmes + 2 1st round picks maybe

HongKongKingsFan
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August 6, 2021 2:12 am
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I will do this trade in a heartbeat. (If future picks is not included)

Again, not a Mitchell fan at all.

Last edited 1 month ago by HongKongKingsFan
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August 6, 2021 3:33 am

Someone said it here before, I think – There may be no higher valued assets than kings’ first round picks (unless perhaps if the kings are the ones using them)

1951
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August 6, 2021 7:48 am

I really think the Kings should try to accommodate you and build a team around your sentiments! 😉

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August 6, 2021 5:48 am

Please consider “The Royal Beef with Ham” as the next podcast with James.

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August 6, 2021 6:28 am

James Ham has NO insight. Or he was willingly complicit with the FO to help them to hide their intentions by stating Moody would probably be the pick. Ham has never been right about anything.

It is crazy to say the #9 pick has more value before it is made than after. In fact I am not so sure our awesome GM did not make this pick knowing the needs and wants of TOR and PHI in a deal for Siakum or Simmons. That had to be in the back of his mind at the least knowing the minutes crunch he was creating.

If Davion is projected as a young Lowry, you don’t think TOR would be interested? They got a guy who they think can be a young Siakum in the draft, misguided though that may be, they would not be intrigued by a pairing of Mitchell and Barnes, aka Scottie Bust?

The situation in PHI is imploding, Simmons cutting off communication, the GM is losing his leverage, and his dream of a Harden-like yield for Simmons going up in smoke.

McGenius could be setting up a bidding war, take it or leave it, by offering the same deal to both teams, thereby pressuring them to concede or miss out.

The #9, Buddy and Bagley was never going to land us Simmons. But if Mitchell tears it up in LVSL, a pseudo tryout for the aforementioned teams, then you have a likely star to replace the star you are giving up, and your risk is mitigated. You are more likely to pull the trigger if you have an elite point-of-attack defender who can also facilitate and get his own on offense included in the package vs an unknown.

Look at the top PGs at the top team in the East the 76er and TOR have to contend with:

Kyrie (Nets)
Lowry (Heat)
Holiday (Bucks)

Davion could be acquired to the Kyrie Stopper! No, it is not going to happen immediately. And the 76ers have Maxey and Thybulle to defend the perimeter. Mitchell would match up well against Kyrie and Lowry. The size disadvantage against Holiday would be tough but he would not back down.

If Davion projects so great, why don’t we just keep him? I am cool with that and as I stated previously if we play a 3 guard lineup for about half the game, our guys can get their minutes. At 11 minutes per half of going with.a 3 guard set, the minute breakdown could look like this:

Fox 35 MPG (same as last year)
Ty 33 MPG (+3 MPG)
Davion 30 MPG (equal to Ty rookie MPG)
TD 22 MPG (+1 MPG from last year)

So it could work. The alternative is adding an All-NBA defender to our frontline and playmaking along the front line in Simmons, which I had identified as one of our greatest needs. We do NOT need to give up a ton of future picks and swaps in this scenario.
We need to pit the Raptors vs the 76ers, give them ultimatum and a final offer.

All this is contingent upon Davion playing like he did in Game 1 of the California Classic in LVSL, not Game 2. I suspect this will happen so if you want the Kings to land Simmons or Siakum, I suggest you root for him to be the best player in Vegas next week. That is the most conceivable path to us acquiring one of these guys.

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August 6, 2021 7:44 am
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You’re funny. That was an entertaining read.

1951
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August 6, 2021 7:52 am
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Edited – I missed a paragraph!

Last edited 1 month ago by 1951
Kingsguru21
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August 6, 2021 12:31 pm
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McGenius rides again!

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August 7, 2021 7:47 am
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Ham has always been a mouth piece for the FO. Having said that I still thought the pod was informative

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August 7, 2021 9:14 am
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To say Ham has no insight is a lie. If you’ve ever wanted to know what Viveks colon looks like in detail he’s the guy to ask.

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August 6, 2021 8:56 am

That was a good listen. Thanks for that.

Kingsguru21
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August 6, 2021 11:50 am

I’m very confused listening to James on the salary cap stuff.

Unless I’m missing context on stuff, I’m really not understanding how the timing of Thompson’s deal matters. Len was signed with the Bi-Annual, Harkless was resigned with non Bird rights and Holmes was signed with his Early Bird rights (or they’ll be signed with those various Bird rights/exceptions).

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August 6, 2021 11:52 am
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I get that they think they can move him easier than Wright though.

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August 6, 2021 2:32 pm
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Doubt it without a buyout or taking on another over priced player

TheGrantNapear
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August 7, 2021 7:46 am

Very well done podcast!
My only critique, the sound from guest to host is off, the sound of Ham is much higher than the host.
Also, timestamps are always appreciated.
Keep up the good work fellas 👍

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August 7, 2021 9:11 am

As usual thanks for the pod, but damn I love me some hamster. He’s like one part informative and one part propaganda master. I love how the Mitchell pick was now done with more forethought and intrigue than the Cuban missile crisis.

the haliburton pick? It wasn’t that he fell it was that the kings kept that interest tight lipped and then he came down to them at 12 like they had planned.

I just wish the Ham version of the kings were real because we would be battling the Suns next year in the WCF vs battling to make that 10th seed.

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