For NBA fans, February has it all. With All-Star weekend and the trade deadline all in the same month, there are plenty of exciting storylines to watch.
Last season, the Kings were quiet at the trade deadline, only acquiring Kessler Edwards from the Brooklyn Nets. Other teams were busy, however. The Nets shipped out Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in blockbuster trades, the Lakers reshaped their roster around LeBron James and Antony Davis, and the Warriors sent their former number two pick James Wiseman to Detroit to try and get back to championship form.
With plenty of stars expected to be unhappy with their situation this season, the 2024 trade deadline should be an exciting one. While Giannis Antetokounmpo most likely won’t be on the market now that the Bucks added Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid might still become available if the 76ers cannot figure out the James Harden situation, or the Raptors could finally seek deals for some of their more interesting pieces.
When is the 2024 NBA trade deadline?
The 2024 trade deadline falls on Thursday, February 8 at 3 p.m. ET. For a look at all key dates in the 2023-24 season, click here.
What to expect from the Kings at the 2024 trade deadline?
Unless the season is surprisingly a complete disaster, we should not expect the Kings to make any major moves, as they do not have the same pressure as other teams to win it all. Of course, the Kings are expected to build on last season’s success and make it past the first round of the playoffs, but there is no pressure to make win-now moves to try and make a last push for a championship.
One move that would not be entirely unlikely for the Kings to make would be to get an impactful wing defender. Last season, they struggled especially with guarding wings, and did not add anyone to address that over the summer. A quick development from Keegan Murray or Kessler Edwards could also fix that, however, so it really all depends on how the Kings look by the time February rolls around.
Which players have the Kings acquired before the trade deadline in recent years?
• Kessler Edwards (traded from Nets on Feb. 7)
• Trey Lyles and Josh Jackson (traded from Pistons on Feb. 10)
• Donte DiVincenzo (traded from Milwaukee on Feb. 10)
• Delon Wright (traded from Pistons on March 25)
• Terence Davis (traded from Raptors on March 25)
• Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva (traded from Heat on March 25)
• Alex Len and Jabari Parker (traded from Hawks on Feb. 6)
• Harrison Barnes (traded from Mavericks on Feb. 6)
• Caleb Swanigan (traded from Trail Blazers on Feb. 7)
• Alec Burks (traded from Cavaliers on Feb. 7)
Which players have the Kings traded before the deadline in recent years?
• Marvin Bagley III (traded to Pistons on Feb. 10)
• Nemanja Bjelica (traded to Heat on March 25)
• Dewayne Dedmon (traded to Hawks on Feb. 6)
• Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph (traded to Mavericks on Feb. 6)
• Iman Shumpert (traded to Rockets on Feb. 7)
• Skal Labissiere (traded to Trail Blazers on Feb. 7)