The Sacramento Kings are going to be open for business this NBA season when it comes to the trade market. Whether or not the team is in playoff contention or not, they will be making deals during the season.
One of the players they will be looking to move on from at some point is Marvin Bagley III. Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft but things have not panned out as either side hoped it would.
The Duke product has struggled to stay healthy, stunting his development in the process. Despite now seemingly being healthy, the team is holding him out of the rotation and going in a different direction.
It was something that incensed his agent as the team elected to bring Bagley back, citing value in the trade offers they received. If it was about receiving value, then sidelining him isn’t going to increase that.
For as long as he remains at the end of the bench, Bagley will likely be a distraction for the team. At this point in time, moving on from him would likely be the best-case scenario for both sides.
Which teams could be interested in acquiring the former No. 2 overall pick? Here are two teams that would be great landing spots and two that would be less than ideal for Bagley.
Best Trade Destination No. 1: Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets have kicked off their rebuild this season with a full-on youth movement. Eric Gordon and D.J. Augustin are the only two active players on the roster that are in their 30’s. Houston plays more teenagers currently than 30-year olds.
With such a youthful roster, a player like Marvin Bagley III would be worth taking a shot on. Bagley has a lot of potential, he just has not been able to realize it with the Sacramento Kings. With Houston, he would have a chance at developing.
Depending on who is sent back to Sacramento in the deal, Bagley could have a path to consistent minutes right out of the gate. With there being some rumors that the Rockets could eventually trade Christian Wood as well, another spot in the rotation could open up down the line.