The Sacramento Kings have been one of the surprise positive stories in the NBA this year.
Under new head coach Mike Brown the Kings have put together a 15-12 record and find themselves sixth in the Western Conference.
Understandably, the front office is now exploring moves to improve the roster even further.
At the moment three prospective trades seem closest to becoming a reality.
First off, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, the Kings are one of three squads pursuing Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards. They are not the only squad in the division with interest in the 27-year-old, though.
Beyond that, according to NBC Sports, Sacramento also has interest in Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors.
“Anunoby, in his sixth season with the Toronto Raptors, is a defensive monster who also can put the ball in the basket,” the report noted.
“In 26 games this season, Anunoby is averaging 19.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 36.7 minutes. He currently leads the NBA with 62 total steals and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. Anunoby is under contract through next season and has a $19.9 million player option for 2024-25.
“Siakam, a teammate of Anunoby’s in Toronto, is off to a fantastic start this season averaging a career-high 25.3 points and 8.9 rebounds. His deal doesn’t expire until after the 2023-24 campaign.”
All three guys would provide tremendous versatility and depth to the roster. It is just a matter of how much Sacramento is willing to give up at this juncture.
The Kings obviously have a tremendous young core in De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. They are two very solid cornerstone pieces to build around.
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But both are more offensively-oriented players. Any one of Anunoby or Siakam would really go a long way in shoring up the defense.
Will the Kings make a move before the deadline for either guy? Or will they make a big splashy play for Kuzma?
One way or another, clarity on where Sacramento plans to go from here will emerge sooner rather than later.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.