The Kings have had some interesting news recently, such as having former King Isaiah Thomas available, waiving P.J. Dozier to free up another roster spot, and their NBA in-season tournament group. This Monday, some more information has come out about the Kings’ linked trade target Pascal Siakam.
Pascal Siakam is heavily linked to this team
Monday, it was announced that Pascal Siakam is heavily linked to the Indiana Pacers. After it was reported that the Kings have made calls to the Toronto Raptors to inquire about Siakam, the Kings decided to re-sign Harrison Barnes and trade for guard Chris Duarte, along with numerous other decisions.
After the Duarte trade, it was speculated among Kings fans that it may have been a move to find a new backup guard in preparation to offer a two-person combination of either Kevin Huerter, Davion Mitchell, or Keegan Murray, and possibly multiple first-round draft picks. It seems that the trade was to take a different path that possibly sees Duarte at the three.
Siakam had a great year for the Raptors, who just missed out on the playoffs after losing a play-in game to the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game while shooting over 50% from the field.
Pascal is an All-Star level player but seems to be looking for a change. After Fred VanVleet left the Raptors for a $43+ million dollar per year contract with the Houston Rockets, the team looks like they may cash in on their top players to enter a rebuilding phase.
While it seems unlikely for the Kings to get involved in this trade, it is a linked player the Kings had on their radar for free agency that they will lose. But considering the Indiana Pacers and Kings pipeline that has happened over the past few years, maybe we’ll see Pascal on the Kings soon anyway.
NBA Summer League continues in Las Vegas
The Sacramento Kings will continue their summer league campaign Monday after a hot 3-0 start (2-0 in California Classic and 1-0 in Vegas).
Jordan Ford is looking to further secure the third-string point guard position after dominating the previous summer league games. Ford, who is a Sacramento native, scored 20 points in the previous game as he and Neemias Queta led the Kings over the Atlanta Hawks in a tight 80-76 game. Queta had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in that game.
The Kings will take on an inferior Los Angeles Clippers team, who are 0-1 in Vegas so far. The match, which is set to begin at 7:30 PM PST, will be the second of four guaranteed games in Vegas.
The following game will be Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls at 7:00 PM PST.