NBA rumors: Kings' Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica drawing trade interest
Report: Kings' Bagley and Bjelica, who were trading inquiries, originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
At 2 p.m. - 10 p.m., the kings will act as doers and shakers at the NBA's close of trading. Sources have confirmed to NBC Sports California that the team has been extremely active on the phone over the past two weeks. It is not yet known whether this will be a groundbreaking deal by the NBA close on March 25th.
Aside from De'Aaron Fox and rookie Tyrese Haliburton, there are very few Kings players who should be taken off the table. In Sam Amick and Jason Jones' latest piece on The Athletic, Marvin Bagley and Nemanja Bjelica both got into the discussion.
"Rival executives say Bagley III is up for discussion in trade talks, but interest in him is generally considered minimal due to his struggles over the past two seasons," Amick writes.
At 21, the former number 2 in the 2018 NBA draft is having a solid season for the Kings. He currently averages 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds for Sacramento in 26 minutes per game.
After Bagley only played 13 games last season due to injury, he started 34 of 36 games for the Kings this season. He has another year on his contract with the Kings and can be renewed this summer.
With Bagley healthy, the Kings have largely moved away from Bjelica this season and, according to The Athletic, this has become an issue between the team and the veteran.
“When the Kings made Bagley a priority earlier this season, the lost slot veteran - 32-year-old striker Nemanja Bjelica - was outraged at the idea that he was ousted simply because he wasn't Part of the long-term plan, ”said the Athletic Sources. Bjelica chose not to play from Jan 9 until his return to rotation on Feb 12, largely due to his strong disagreement with the rationale behind this. "
After 137 games in the last two seasons, Bjelica has qualified in 19 of the Kings 36 competitions this season. The 32-year-old averages 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists from the Kings bench in 18 minutes per game.
While Bjelica's shot numbers have dropped, he's a 39 percent shooter from a distance. He is in the final year of his contract in Sacramento, which grossed him $ 7.2 million this season. Shams Charania says the Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have expressed interest in the Serbian forward.
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The kings could drastically revise their list in the coming days. In addition to Bagley and Bjelica, the Kings will likely test the waters on most of their seasoned talents, including Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, Cory Joseph, Hassan Whiteside, and Jabari Parker.
It could be a wild few weeks in Sacramento as new general manager Monte McNair plans to redesign the list on the fly after joining the franchise in September.
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