Things ain’t so great in Sacramento right now. Not just the five-game losing streak or the disappointing 12-19 record that is not the step forward management expected, it’s a disconnect between Luke Walton’s staff and the young team, with Buddy Hield talking about the Kings having “trust issues.”
Now, Sacramento Kings big man Dewayne Dedmon is reportedly not happy with his current situation and is asking for a trade, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“Kings center Dewayne Dedmon wants a trade out of Sacramento and multiple teams are making offers to the franchise in anticipation of a deal prior to the February trade deadline, league sources say. Dedmon signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Kings in free agency, but coach Luke Walton is believed to have soured on the 30-year-old and the sides believe their union can’t be salvaged. Dedmon has received a DNP-CD in eight of the past 10 games.”
Dedmon averaged 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks last season, shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from 3-point range. Kings general manager Vlade Divac signed Dedmon to a three-year, $40 million deal in July believing he would be a perfect fit for his team, but Dedmon hasn’t been the same in Sacramento. He is averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, shooting 41.9 percent overall and just 22.9 percent from 3-point range.
Whether or not Dedmon will indeed be traded remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds like he’s open to the idea. He could be a nice pickup for any team looking for a serviceable big.