The Sacramento Kings gambled over the summer, deciding to see what their first playoff team in sixteen seasons could do rather than making any big moves. They brought back Harrison Barnes and added JaVale McGee, Chris Duarte, and Sasha Vezenkov but were otherwise quiet.
By now, McGee and Duarte are not playing, and it seems that the team has hit a wall. Despite retaining all the core players from last season, they don’t look like the same team.
Sacramento has lost four games in a row: an embarrassing loss to the 76ers without Joel Embiid, an overtime game in Milwaukee they should have won, a blown 20-point lead in Phoenix, and a 126-121 loss to the Pacers without Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam.
Something needs to change, and the Kings are widely expected to make meaningful moves by the trade deadline. So, let’s look at some Kings trade targets and rank them from probable to pipe dream.
8. Dorian Finney-Smith
Dorian Finney-Smith would be a great role player for the Kings. He is a good defender at the forward position, shoots 40 percent from three on 5.5 attempts per game, and has experience playing next to an All-Star point guard.
He knows how to play his role well and could improve the Kings’ defense. Harrison Barnes is the weakest link in the starting lineup now that Kevin Huerter has found his shot. Offensively, he is often invisible, and defensively, he is too small to guard bigs and too slow to guard wings.
The problem is that there is not really a better option on this roster. Finney-Smith could be that, and it is not unlikely that the Nets will let him go. He doesn’t fit the timeline of their retooling process and could get them valuable draft assets or young players to develop.
So, getting him is not a mere dream but a real possibility.