The Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings are teams that are building for the future. The Pistons are looking for prospects to surround first overall pick Cade Cunningham, while the Kings are looking for assets to surround their young trio of De’Aaron, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell.
Why the Sacramento Kings Need to Move on from Bagley III
Marvin Bagley III was the second overall pick in a talented draft class that featured franchise-changing players like Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young. After having a promising rookie campaign averaging 14.9 PPG, and 7.6 RPG, he has been dealing with injuries the following year.
Bagley’s production has not increased either before this season, as his role has been reduced. The Kings opened the season without their young prospect as the situation continues to magnify to the point of no return. To make the situation even worse, Bagley was added to the rotation to play against the Phoenix Suns, but according to coach Luke Walton, he refused to enter the game.
Bagley has only appeared in one game this season against the Utah Jazz, where he scored two points and four rebounds in approximately ten minutes of playing time. The situation is clear that the organization is open to the opportunity of dealing Bagley to another organization as he is looking for a change in scenery.
Bagley’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, strongly believes that his client mismanaged his role, which led to this lingering situation. His agent went on to say;
“It’s clear they have no plans for him in the future, and yet, passed on potential deals at last year’s deadline and this summer based on ‘value,…Schwartz said in that statement. “Instead they chose to bring him back but not play him, a move completely contradictory to their ‘value’ argument. This is a case study in mismanagement by the Kings organization.”
Why the Pistons Would Be Interested in a Potential Trade
The Detroit Pistons have a 3-9 record, which is the second to last worst record in the Eastern Conference. Looking at the Pistons frontcourt, the team could use Bagley’s services as the position is relatively thin. Kelly Olynk also injured his knee late in the fourth quarter in the win against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
The team later revealed that Olynk could miss up to six weeks due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The Pistons currently have the worst three-point shooting percentage in the league. Olynk was not shooting well from that range to begin the season but was slowly getting back to what he was accustomed to as the early part of the season progressed.
Currently, it is unclear what the Pistons will offer in a trade or whether a third team will be involved to facilitate a trade. Only three players on the roster make over $6 million which includes Jerami Grant, Kelly Olynyk, and Cade Cunningham. All three players will be untouchable in any trade involving these two franchises.
Grant is the team’s best player and is making too much money. Olynk is dealing with an injury and was given a long-term contract this offseason. Cunningham is this year’s first overall pick and is the team’s building block for the future.
In order to match Bagley’s salary of 11.3 million between both parties, the Pistons will most likely have to include Hamidou Diallo who is making roughly $5.2 million, and other players who make less money. The Pistons also have four second-round picks and cash considerations they received from the Brooklyn Nets to take on DeAndre Jordan who was quickly waived once the deal was announced.
The Pistons may have a chance to see Bagley play as the Kings travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Monday. No matter how dysfunctional the situation has become, the Kings will not sell low just to part ways with Bagley as he still has the potential to succeed in the league.