Kevin Huerter is expendable in the right deal
Kevin Huerter got off to a slow start shooting-wise, and his defensive struggles raised questions about his role with the Kings. In the meantime, he has started to find his groove, however, averaging 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3 assists while competing on defense.
Huerter is a great fit for the Kings’ offensive system. His ability to make shots off the move makes him the perfect partner to run dribble handoffs with Sabonis. Losing him would hurt, but the question is how far the Kings can really go with Huerter, Barnes, and Murray as their starting two to four.
The answer seems to be not as far as they want to. Salary-wise, a deal for a third star or a high-level 3-and-D wing would almost certainly have to include Kevin Huerter. If it is the right deal, the trade that can send the Kings to the next level, he is expendable. After all, Monk is sitting on the bench with a similar skill set and the ability to start if needed.
Nevertheless, Huerter is not someone the Kings should trade light-heartedly. It has to be worth it.