Trade #3: The Big Fish
Finally comes the only deal that truly moves the Kings’ playoff needle more than a blip. While Jerami Grant is certainly benefiting from some bad team stat-padding (much like Evan Turner with the Sixers in the 2013-14 season), the bones of a useful contributor are obviously there.
Grant is a talented defender, scorer, and shooter, despite also struggling from the field this season. He’s shooting a mere 32.7% from deep so far this season, but Jerami Grant has shot 37.5% from three on 4.2 attempts per game over the past three seasons. He’s also an impressive athlete who would look like a dream on the receiving end of a De’Aaron Fox-led fast break.
The biggest impact Jerami Grant would have on the Sacramento Kings, though, would certainly be as a defender. Sure, Grant may not be on the Ben Simmons, Kawhi Leonard side of the spectrum, but he’s capable of playing tight defense both on and off-ball. Between him and Harrison Barnes, the Kings’ defense at the forward spots would be solidified for years to come.
Grant likely doesn’t have an all-star appearance in his future, but for Bagley, a lottery-protected pick, and a pick swap, Monty McNair could make the first big trade in his time as General Manager of the Sacramento Kings.