Trade #2: Some Much Needed Depth
The Kings desperately need forward help, and the Detroit Pistons would be able to provide it in the form of Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles. Much like Marvin Bagley III, Josh Jackson’s career has been anything but what was predicted.
The former 4th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has failed to impress in his career so far, but at only 24 years old, there’s still possibly some untapped potential in him. If nothing else, he’s a 6’8 athletic defender. That may make him sound like just another Mo Harkless, and admittedly there are similarities, but Jackson’s a flat-out better defender with significantly more potential and a more well-rounded game.
Trey Lyles, meanwhile, provides some needed shooting similar to the way Olynyk does but at a cheaper price. The seven-year journeyman is suffering from a down-year shooting, also like Olynyk, but he’s coming off of a season with the Spurs that saw him shoot 47.8% from the field and 35.0% from deep.
Lyles has been a surprising bright spot for the Pistons this season, averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 15.6 minutes. He’s no star player, but he could certainly provide a boost to Sacramento’s bench.
Neither is the perfect player, but together they could provide some needed depth on cheap contracts for the Kings.