Trading De’Aaron Fox Is a Matter of When, Not If, for Kings

De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
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The Sacramento Kings are 1-3 in the new year, and the franchise continues to face questions such as what the future holds for De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. Both guards have shown a fantastic amount of potential and are already two of the team’s better draft selections over the past 20 years. However, both have also recently come up in trade rumors as the Kings look to make drastic changes.

Unfortunately, most of the noise surrounding the pair this season has been about their perceived lack of fit together. The opinion of some, growing to many, is that the presence of De’Aaron Fox is detrimental to the development of Tyrese Haliburton. Whether that point is right or wrong (it could certainly be debated), the idea of two points guards hasn’t worked so far, and there isn’t a clear path to it saving the Kings’ season if that’s even possible.

It may be too quick to say that Haliburton cannot figure things out alongside Fox but is that a gamble Sacramento should be willing to take? It seems as though Tyrese Haliburton is already primed to lead the Kings, while De’Aaron Fox seems like he would benefit from a change of scenery.

Trading De’Aaron Fox seems to be inevitable. The real question is, “when should the Sacramento Kings trade him?”

The two most sensical answers would be the Kings either trading De’Aaron Fox now (by the deadline) or later (during the offseason). Which one is more beneficial for Sacramento? Well, again, that answer can be debated.