Sacramento Kings increasingly likely to trade Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield by Feb. 10

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Kelley L Cox – USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings fired head coach Luke Walton Nov. 21 in hopes of turning the team around. With the NBA’s trade deadline approaching and the team still bottom of the Western Conference, changes could be looming.

Sacramento entered the 2021-22 season tied for the longest playoff drought in NBA history. The franchise’s last playoff appearance was in 2005-06, with Rick Adelman at the helm as head coach and Kevin Garnett leading the NBA in rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Sacramento Kings record (2008-’22): 383-691

Despite having one of the worst records in the NBA, the Kings rank 20th in payroll. With general manager Monte McNair still keen to end the playoff drought, there now appears to be a growing possibility that two of the Kings’ highest-paid players will be traded in February.

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, there is a growing belief in the league that the Sacramento Kings will trade forward Harrison Barnes and guard Buddy Hield before the Feb. 10 deadline.

While the two players aren’t among the most coveted in the league, several playoff contenders would certainly show interest. Barnes owes the remaining portion of his salary of $20.28 million this season and $18.352 million in a contract year in 2022-23.

  • Harrison Barnes statistics: 16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 42.5% 3-point line, 119 offensive ratings

The 6-foot-8 forward attracted considerable interest ahead of the deadline last season, with the Boston Celtics among a handful of clubs involved. For NBA teams that need a reliable winger who can play in both forward positions, Barnes is an intriguing option.

Hield was nearly traded to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer before the organization backed out of a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook. The 29-year-old guard won the NBA Three-Point Contest in 2020. One of the most dangerous shooters from beyond the arc, Sacramento would likely be asked to include some cash to cover some of his contract.

  • Hield Buddy Contract: $23.085 million (2021-’22), $21.2 million (2022-’23), $19.32 million (2023-’24)

The Sacramento Kings will likely explore their options as buyers and sellers at the trade deadline with second-year guard Tyrese Haliburton and rookie Davion Mitchell the only players remaining.

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