Sacramento Kings Conclude Trade With Hawks to Improve Future Roster Flexibility

Published 02/06/2020, 12:23 AM EST


The NBA trade deadline is here. The trades that we’ve all been waiting for are being revealed one by one. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the latest trade to go down is between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks.

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The Sacramento Kings got traded Dewayne Dedmon to Atlanta. They received Jabari Parker and Alex Len. Atlanta also got two second-round picks. This trade marks Dedmon’s return to the Hawks.

Sacramento signed Dedmon to a three-year, $40 million deal in July, a move that has been described as one of the worst free-agent signings of the summer. The Kings coveted Dedmon as a stretch big who could protect the rim, excel in the pick-and-roll game with De’Aaron Fox and pair well with second-year forward Marvin Bagley III, but nothing went as planned.

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Sarcamento Kings: The New Additions

Jabari Parker:

 

Parker, a 6-foot-8 power forward, averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 32 games for the Hawks this season, including 23 starts. Parker is a six-year NBA veteran with a history of injuries. He has not played since Jan. 3 due to a shoulder injury, but he was cleared for noncontact workouts earlier this week.

Parker has been injured for much of this career but has been more than productive when he’s healthy. Parker averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Hawks this season.

Alex Len:

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Len, a 7-0 center, appeared in 40 games for the Hawks, averaging 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is a seven-year veteran who spent his first five seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Len is solid but underwhelming and is a $4.16 million expiring contract.

 

As for the second-round picks, the Kings own a plethora of second-rounders, more than they could possibly roster, so it makes sense to use them as sweeteners.

James Ham of NBC sports gave some clarification about the picks.

How the Sacramento Kings Gain From This Trade

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The trade should free up money for the Kings, who have to begin paying Buddy Hield’s recent four-year, $94 million contract next season. The Kings may also need to sign Bogdan Bogdanovic to the 4-year, $51.4 million max contract they offered him last year.

Parker, 24, is in the first year of a two-year, $13 million contract with a player option for 2020-21. Len, 25, is in the final year of a two-year, $8.51 million deal.

 

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