The NBA trade deadline has passed and it was full of fireworks across the league. Ultimately, only two teams (the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers) didn’t get in on the trade action at some point during the last month. Some teams underwent drastic overhauls while others made the slightest of adjustments. The Sacramento Kings fall into the slightest of adjustments category with their single trade deadline deal.
The Kings acquired Kessler Edwards from the Brooklyn Nets in a move that helped Brooklyn save money. The Kings gave up next to nothing in terms of assets in the trade. That deal got done days ahead of the actual NBA trade deadline and many Kings fans expected another move or two before the deadline passed.
That did not happen.
Despite some significant needs as Sacramento looks to end the longest active playoff drought in the NBA, Monte McNair and his staff chose to pass on any significant trades. At the very same time, almost everyone else looking to make the playoffs in the Western Conference made moves to get better at the deadline.
Naturally, this leaves questions to be asked. Sacramento fans are desperate for a playoff appearance and the way this deadline played out is inevitably stressful as they hope the Kings can maintain their level of play and earn a spot in the playoffs.