Young assets are the most valuable acquisition for the Kings
The best way to look to the future is to invest in players and assets that will contribute down the line. It is pretty obvious that this Kings team is not going to challenge anyone for a deep playoff run in the Western Conference. It is time to move some of the older veterans in order to acquire any younger pieces they can.
Buddy Hield is going to fetch a nice return at the deadline thanks to his three-point shooting. Playoff teams with a chance of making a run will be interested in Hield’s ability to change the game from deep and the Kings should listen. Whether they get draft picks or younger players in return, the Kings have to take a chance.
Philadelphia, Boston, Golden State, and even Cleveland would be smart to reach out to the Kings regarding Hield. Harrison Barnes is the other veteran that could be dealt for a decent return prior to the deadline but he would not fetch quite the same return as Hield.
Barnes is a solid wing who will help playoff teams on both ends of the floor. At 29, Barnes is averaging 17.2 points per game while shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc and adding 0.8 steals per game to his resume.
There will likely be a market for Barnes if the Kings decide to make him available, which they should. The younger the Kings can get, the better.