The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are two teams heading in different directions this season. The latter group is 14-22 on the year, will likely fire its head coach, and has zero chance of making the playoffs. The former is 19-18 and very much in the postseason race.
As such, it should come as no surprise that Golden State is actively looking to make some upgrades prior to the trade deadline. They’re very much a buyer.
Sacramento, conversely, is a seller.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, a deal between the two teams may be in the works.
“For Sacramento, forwards Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica will receive interest from suitors,” he wrote.
“Barnes, one of the team’s veteran leaders, has had a productive season in averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game.
“Bjelica spent time out of the Kings’ rotation but has since returned. He’s averaging 8.3 points and 31 percent 3-point shooting in 18 games this season. Philadelphia, Miami, Golden State, Milwaukee and Boston are among teams that have shown interest in Bjelica.”
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Although Bjelica isn’t quite the sort of game-changer than can turn a team from a dud into a contender, he is a valuable potential add-on. For a group like the Warriors, with very real depth issues, he could prove to be the difference between making the playoffs and not.
Golden State has been linked to a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls and a reasonably big one with the Indiana Pacers. Obviously this wouldn’t be on that level. But if the Warriors can get it done, and it doesn’t cost too much, they definitely should. They’ll certainly become a better team as a result of it.