Nobody wants to trade with the Kings for Marvin Bagley III
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III has experienced a pretty steep fall in the last couple of seasons. Now, teams are hesitant to acquire him ahead of this month’s deadline.
Sam Amick and Jason Jones of The Athletic reported, despite Bagley’s decent numbers, teams are not very interested in acquiring him:
Rival executives say Bagley III is up for discussion in trade talks, but the interest in him is widely seen as minimal because of his struggles these past two seasons.
The former Duke standout showed some promise in his rookie season, averaging 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in just over 25 minutes per game after much praise in his time in college. Bagley had explosive scoring performances and showed more of a face-up game on the ball. His athleticism and skill set seemed to point to possible stardom.
Bagley had a much different experience in his sophomore season in Sacramento. He was limited to just 13 games due to a multitude of injuries. There was speculation he might return for the NBA restart, only to ultimately be sidelined.
This season has only provided more drama. Bagley had a brutal start to the campaign on the floor, and his father chastised Kings’ head coach Luke Walton and asked for his son to be traded on Twitter.
Bagley has since recovered, at least on the offensive end. He is averaging 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 37 percent from beyond the arc. But the 21-year-old is also one of the very worst defenders in the entire league.
The absence of defensive effort and instincts are likely the key reasons Bagley is lacking in trade interest, not to mention the drama from earlier in the season. As it turns out, he might stay in Sacramento.