The Sacramento Kings made a huge trade on Tuesday when they sent Tyrese Haliburton, Tristan Thompson and Buddy Hield to the Indiana Pacers in return for Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday and a 2023 2nd round pick. The trade caused massive reactions across the NBA, with many believing that it wasn't a good idea to trade away a great, young guard like Haliburton.
While misgivings on that front are likely to continue, Sabonis and Lamb both announced their arrival in Sacramento in style, contributing to a key win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. And speaking after the game, Sabonis explained that he was very taken aback by the welcome he and his teammates from Indiana have received in the short time they have been with the team.
"Just gotta go out there and have fun, you know. The fans were amazing, the energy of the team, it's gonna be a lot of fun... It's crazy, just talking about it now, I have goosebumps, you know. The welcome here is crazy. I appreciate all the love, we're going to come here and fight for this team, fight for this franchise, that's the goal, man. We're gonna come out here and get wins."
Sabonis had a very productive first game as a Kings player, putting up 22 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Jeremy Lamb was also key off the bench, contributing 14 points in what has been a good start to life in Sacramento for the former Indiana players.
The players might have felt demoralized after going down in the first quarter but despite being a new team, they fought back and outscored the Timberwolves by 15 points in the 2nd quarter as well as the 4th quarter to seal a win. Whether this trade works out for the Kings or not will be seen over the coming years, but they seem to have gotten a good one in Sabonis, at the very least.