If the Sacramento Kings are indeed willing to trade Bogdan Bogdanovic, how would a swap for Myles Turner work out on the court?
The NBA trade deadline right around the corner, and Sacramento Kings sixth man Bogdan Bogdanovic‘s name has been in the rumor mill for the last couple of weeks.
There are plenty of rumors and theories going around regarding what the Kings might do with Bogdanovic and how much value he actually holds. His contract expires this summer, making him a restricted free agent, which has made him seemingly expendable for the Kings given their potential inability to get him signed in the offseason.
Rumors last week that referenced a potential Bogdanovic for Kyle Kuzma swap were shut down and even laughed at by prominent NBA media members. So if Bogdanovic’s value ceiling is higher than the Kyle Kuzma Line, exactly what kind of offers is Sacramento receiving for the third-year guard?
We ran this potential trade by our friends over at 8 Points, 9 Seconds and they were willing to entertain the idea, so perhaps the Indiana Pacers would be willing to engage in talks should the Kings come calling.
Turner’s 4.5 three-point attempts per game would tie him for second-most on the Kings, and his 35% average would be a huge upgrade over their other shooting bigs; Dedmon and Marvin Bagley are both shooting 21% from deep.
But most importantly, Turner would bring an interior defensive presence that the Kings severely lack. Richaun Holmes is the only player on Sacramento’s roster that averages more than one block per game, and Turner lead the league in blocked shots per game last year with 2.7 per.
Including Harry Giles in the trade would open up a spot in an already crowded frontcourt, but Giles is not a part of the Kings’ regular, healthy rotation. A trade for Turner would likely be contingent on the Kings’ ability to move Dedmon before the deadline as well. Perhaps there is a 3-team trade in which the Kings are able to ship off Dedmon, Giles, and Bogdanovic for Turner and other assets.
A potential stick in the wheel of this entire idea is a recent report that the Pacers want to wait to see what the team looks like when Victor Oladipo returns from injury. His return date is projected to be just a week before the trade deadline, so Indiana had better do some quick evaluating if they hope to make a move of any kind.