Through two games so far this season, it has become clear that the Kings are in for a rough season.
Outside of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, they have little in the way of proven talent and struggle to maintain consistency for a full 48 minutes on the court.
The Knicks find themselves in a similar position with their own pieces.
So why not help each other?
In a report by Tommy Beer of Forbes, the two teams could swap bigs before February’s annual trade deadline.
On a recent episode of Brian Windhorst’s podcast Tim MacMahon of ESPN said: “I’m sure I’ve heard some of the same rumblings as you of, hey, if they’re locked into Hield and Barnes – Bogdanovic, he might not be thrilled with being a sixth man there.” Windhorst concurred. “That is exactly what I’m hearing.”
So, it makes sense that the Kings would at least consider moving Bogdanovic before February’s trade deadline, as they might understandably be fearful of losing him for nothing if he walked away in free agency. The ideal scenario for Sacramento would probably be keeping Bogdanovic all season, and then recouping assets via a sign-and-trade him next summer. Yet, there is certainly no guarantee that such a scenario would play out in their favor.
Among others, the Knicks stand to benefit from Bogdanovic’s services.
Enter the Knicks. New York is firmly in rebuild mode, and have some promising young pieces. Bogdanovic would be an excellent fit on their roster, and precisely the type of player they should be targeting.
As far as what the Knicks could offer, it would depend on what the Kings are in the market for come January/February. If Sacramento is looking to make a playoff push, New York would happily dangle the veteran big men they signed this summer, such as Marcus Morris, or Taj Gibson, possibly attached to a draft pick. Each of the vets New York signed this past offseason inked two-years deals with a team option for 2020-21. That contractual flexibility might be appealing to the Kings. (Sacramento’s starting power forward, Marvin Bagley, fractured his right thumb and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks).
As a career 12 point per game scorer, Marcus Morris would be a solid addition to Sacramento’s frontcourt. He would come at a relatively cheap cost, too.
But with Taj Gibson, the Kings would add much needed size and rebounding to their lineup.
Either way, it is a deal worth considering for both sides — and one we may see come to fruition at some point later this season.