3 Early trade targets the Kings should chase over the summer

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2. Cameron Johnson

Even if the Brooklyn Nets continuously refuse to move Mikal Bridges, they could be an interesting trade partner for the Kings. Bridges is not the only 3-and-D guy they have. 

Cameron Johnson may not be as big of a name as Bridges, but he has a similar skill set. He is currently averaging 13.7 points on efficient shooting, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. At 6’8”, Johnson offers good size at both forward spots, combined with good defense and almost 40 percent shooting from three on a high volume. 

That is exactly what the Kings need. Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray are both around the same size, and Barnes has been very good from long range this season. Johnson is a better defender than Barnes, however, and younger. Barnes definitely hasn’t been the Kings’ biggest problem this season, but the starting lineup needs some fresh energy. 

Keon Ellis alone might not be enough to transform this team into a functioning playoff defense and a dynamic offense like we saw last season. Johnson could be a realistic option to shake up the Kings’ forward rotation. 

Considering the Nets’ situation, they can probably be convinced to move Johnson in the right deal rather than Bridges. He won’t come cheap, but that will be the case for any player who could really help the Kings take a step forward. High-impact 3-and-D players don’t grow on trees and other teams are looking for them as well.