NBA Trade Rumors: Sacramento Kings to push hard for big-name deadline targets

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NBA Trade Rumors: The Sacramento Kings are expected to push hard for big-name trade targets at the NBA Trade Deadline. 

The Sacramento Kings were the story of last season as they made a huge jump in their progression as a young team and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2006. The Kings finished as the third seed in the regular season before a somewhat disappointing first-round playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors. Nevertheless, it was a strong message that the Kings were back.

And after a slow start to this season, in which they lost four of their fix six games, the Kings are beginning to hit their stride as a team. Sacramento has won six games in a row and is currently just one game back in the loss column of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

It’s quickly becoming clear, if it wasn’t already, that last season was not an aberration for the Kings. But one thing that must be addressed for Sacramento, even if they’ve managed to return to last season’s form, is that they need to add more talent for the stretch run.

It was evident that the Kings were missing another star during last year’s postseason series against the Warriors. If Sacramento wants to make a deep run in the playoffs, they almost have to add another star before the NBA Trade Deadline.

And according to a recent report, the Kings are expected to be aggressive heading into the NBA Trade Deadline. A few names that they could end up targeting in an aggressive manner are Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Zach LaVine. It remains to be seen how interested those players would be in relocating to Sacramento, but the Kings are expected to at least show some interest in those markets.

Have the Sacramento Kings changed the narrative enough to be a destination?

With how much this franchise has improved in terms of success, even if it just is in the regular season, you can’t help but wonder if they’ve shifted the narrative around the team. During this recent playoff drought, the Kings became somewhat of a laughingstock around the league.

They were a team that had to overpay to land free agents and a place that, for the most part, disgruntled players didn’t want to go (if they had their choice).

Heading into the NBA Trade Deadline, the big question for the Kings is whether that has changed at all.

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The Kings likely have the necessary assets to pull off a big trade. But will the right situation present itself for them at the deadline? That remains to be seen but we know that the Kings intend on being aggressive in taking a big shot.