Kings’ Dewayne Dedmon comes right out and says he wants a trade
Following a wave of trade rumors, Dewayne Dedmon’s name didn’t take long to come out from the mill, as the Sacramento Kings center was rumored to want a trade away from Sac-Town after signing a three-year, $40 million deal with the Kings this summer.
Dedmon had no issues corroborating the rumors, flat out requesting a trade — no hairs in his tongue.
“I would like to be traded,” Dedmon told Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, speaking publicly about his trade request for the first time. “I haven’t been playing, so I would like to go somewhere where my talents are appreciated.”
Dedmon was signed to become the potential replacement to Willie Cauley-Stein, who left for a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors in July.
Despite making the most money he’s ever made in his career, Dedmon is playing the fewest minutes since his rookie season, when he split stints with the Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic.
The 30-year-old enjoyed two of his best seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 with the Atlanta Hawks, getting some decent playing time and posting career-highs in points and rebounds with the team.
Dedmon has since seen his playing time halved with the Kings, a byproduct of Richaun Holmes’ emergence as a viable starter and his own inefficiencies. The 7-foot center is shooting a subpar 41.9% from the floor and 22.9% from deep.
“I’m not the only person struggling with my shot, so if that’s a factor then it’s kind of crazy,” said Dedmon. “If you’re not allowed to shoot through your slumps, I don’t know how you’re supposed to make shots.”
He’s also been a nonfactor defensively, which alarmed the coaching staff.
Yet the Kings have had a history of indecisions and poor player management in recent years. Cauley-Stein had a career-low 0.6 blocks per game last season with the Kings but has miraculously doubled that this season with the Warriors, now only seven blocks away from tying his 2018-19 mark in only 31 games played.
Dedmon is playing only 13.6 minutes per game, roughly half of the 25 nightly minutes he received playing for the Hawks the past two seasons. Even when reminded of the handsome check he received this summer, the 7-footer is cognizant of his situation.
“I appreciate it. I definitely appreciate it, but I want to be somewhere where I get to play,” said Dedmon. “That’s my biggest thing. I’m trying to play and I’ve been told I’m no longer in the rotation here, so there’s really nothing to wait on.”