Grading three Kings trade deadline targets from no-brainer to risky move

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Dorian Finney-Smith would be a good fit for the right price

The Nets have plenty of lengthy, defensive-minded wings and forwards that could help contending teams, and Dorian Finney-Smith is reportedly available. He is no Mikal Bridges, but still a pretty good fit for the Kings.

He has solid size, defends well against power forwards, and can hold his own against bigs, shoots over 38 percent from three, has playoff experience, and knows how to play his role well next to star players. That is pretty much everything the Kings need. 

Considering how well Harrison Barnes has been playing offensively lately, Finney-Smith might not be an upgrade in the starting lineup. He would be a solid addition to the bench, however, giving Coach Brown the option to have a defensive stopper in his second unit as well as someone who can slide into the starting lineup if needed. 

Keegan Murray has emerged as a great defender, but he is still young and could use some help, especially considering that the other two defensive-minded wings on the team—Kessler Edwards and Chris Duarte—aren’t in the rotation right now. 

According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, Finney-Smith should be available for a first-round pick and a rotational player. For a player who checks almost all the things the Kings need, that is not a bad price. No impactful role player will come cheap right now. 

The only question is who the Nets consider a rotational player. Would they be content with Davion Mitchell or Chris Duarte? If the answer is yes, the Kings should go for it. Mitchell would really profit from being on a team with little pressure to win, and Duarte just hasn’t worked out, meaning that someone who would actually play would be a massive upgrade.