Sacramento Kings: Three Trades to Send Marvin Bagley III to the Pistons

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Sep 27, 2021; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Kelly Olynyk (13) during media day at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Trade #1: The Enforcer

Kings Get
Kelly Olynyk
Pistons Get
Marvin Bagley III
2022 Second Round Pick (Via CHI or DET)

Using the term “enforcer” extremely lightly here, Kelly Olynyk is much more of a goon with questionable on-the-court character but in spite of that. He could be an enticing floor-raiser for Sacramento.

Olynyk is a solid stretch four who could provide some much-needed shooting to the Kings. He’s had a rocky start to the season, but who hasn’t this league year. A change of scenery and some patience, and he’ll almost certainly get out of his funk.

The Kings are struggling this season, and people are already coming out in favor of embracing the tank; however, the Western Conference is full of question marks, and this year provides an incredible opportunity for the Kings to make the playoffs.

Sacramento lacks postseason experience outside of Harrison Barnes and Tristan Thompson. Players who know what it takes to get to and succeed in the playoffs are a necessity in this league, and Kelly Olynyk (48 playoff appearances) could help rectify that.

That only real knock against Olynyk in this trade is his contract (3yrs $37M). Olynyk would eat into the Kings’ available cap space this offseason and prevent them from hopefully signing an impact free agent. It’s up to Monte McNair to decide if Olynyk is worth that.

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