1. OG Anunoby
OG Anunoby has been mentioned in trade talks for pretty much every team for around a year now. Every team wants high-level 3-and-D wings, and the Kings are no different.
As mentioned before, the starting small forward position is their weakest spot, and Anunoby is everything they need. He averages around 15 points a game, shoots 40 percent from three on a high volume, plays his role well next to star players, and is one of the best wing defenders in the league.
Just imagine the Kings with a starting lineup that includes players at the three and four who both shoot around 40 percent from behind the arc—once Murray finds his shooting touch again—and three plus defenders.
Fox and Murray are good defenders, but there is not much behind them, and more often than not they are not enough to slow down opponents. Anunoby would change the Kings’ entire defensive situation.
Trading for him would be a true win-now move, however, as he is in the last year of his four-year $72 million contract. The Raptors will want a lot in return for such a sought-after player and the Kings would have to pay the price without knowing for sure how long he is going to stay.
It’s a risky move but if Anunoby can push the Kings to the next level, signing with them once the season is over would be in his best interest as well.