The Sacramento Kings lost their third straight game to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Sacramento's defense was poor once again in the loss, prompting talented guard De'Aaron Fox to go on a lengthy rant amid rumors of the franchise exploring possible trades for him.
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De'Aaron Fox doesn't sound disappointed with his team's effort. He sounds disappointed with the Kings' awareness on the court. Fox doesn't sound pleased with the team's level of sharpness, particularly in recognition of the opposing team's plays.
If applying that frustration to the team's recent defensive woes, Fox has a point. The Kings have now allowed their opponents to score 70 points in the first half in three of the last four games, though Fox feels it has less to do with playing ‘hard' and more to do with playing ‘sharp.'
The Kings aren't giving up 130 points because they're not “playing hard”, according to Fox. A look at the statistics seems to back up what the star Sacramento guard is saying, as the team has one of the best offenses in the league but the second-worst defense. They're ‘sharp' on one end and not so sharp on the other.
If the Kings continue on this trajectory, they'll fall out of contention in the Western Conference very quickly, which could force them to seriously consider a De'Aaron Fox trade. That would be a tough pill for Kings fans to swallow, as Fox has quickly become the face of this Sacramento team since his rookie season in 2017-18.
Still, he is the best possible trade chip that the Kings have, aside from fellow guard Tyrese Haliburton. Fox, who wants nothing more than to get the Kings back on track, might not be in Sacramento when it happens.