All season long, the Kings have been linked to every big name that could possibly end up on the trade market from Zach LaVine to Pascal Siakam. Initially, the belief was that the Kings were chasing a third All-Star hoping to upgrade from Kevin Huerter and/or Harrison Barnes in the starting lineup.
Both didn’t play their best basketball to start the season, and the Kings suffered some bad losses against bad teams, making us wonder whether this constellation of players had stalled out. After a successful road trip, the Kings fell back into old patterns and lost to the Detroit Pistons in embarrassing fashion last night.
Huerter has found his shot, however, Barnes has looked much better recently, and Keegan Murray has emerged as a future two-way star. There are not many stars available, and the Kings don’t need to chase a big name right now to be successful. Improving the supporting cast and bench could be good enough.
What are the Sacramento Kings willing to offer in trades?
Earlier this season, the Kings officially made Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, and Davion Mitchell available. Out of that group, Huerter is arguably the most interesting player—every team would love to have a young movement shooter—but he might also be the most painful to lose. The Kings’ guard rotation is the opposite of stacked with Chris Duarte, Keon Ellis, and Colby Jones glued to the bench.
No one else has officially been made available, but players like Duarte or Alex Len are probably not off the table. As for draft picks, the Kings owe a 2024 first-round pick to Atlanta and a 2030 second-round pick to Indiana.
Other than that, they own all their future picks, including 2025 and 2026 first-round picks that could be valuable assets. It would take the right player to make the Kings part with them now, however.