dozencousins wrote:Next up goodbye Bagley
I don't like Bagley. He's a douche, his dad's a bigger douche, and he's not a good player.
But the Kings should still keep him. Hear me out...
There are 5 reasons the Kings should keep Bagley
#1: You're not going to get anything of value for him. If you want cap space for him (probably not since it's now useless) you'd have to pay to dump him.
#2: There's little downside in keeping him and some (granted it's infinitesimally small) upside.
#3: Salary matching. If you dump him for a comparable contract you can't trade them until December. With Bagley you can trade him anytime. That he's an expiring contract makes this easy as well.
#4: He's not blocking any other young player from getting time (sorry guys, Woodard, Queta, etc don't count here).
#5: There's one skillset of his that the Kings may actually be able to use. OK, really, hear me out here as I feel like our post-draft moves are pointing this direction...
There's a strong argument that (assuming Wright is traded) 4 of our top 6 players are guards. Not "wings". Guards. 3 of them are PGs. In the olden days this would mean the Kings would have 2 guard rotations and maybe go 3-guard for super short stretches of the game). This year: I think the Kings go heavy on a 3-guard lineup. I think they're even planning to do this right now.
But, you say, Buddy or Haliburton is undersized for the 3. Sure, they are... but the proliferation of 3&D wings has led to the average wing being unable to effectively take advantage of size mismatches on the offensive end. So having Buddy or Hali at the 3 really only hurts us in 1 area:
Both are OK rebounders for SGs, but the size mismatch will really come to bare on the defensive glass. So unless you can get good rebounding out of your 4/5 you're going to get killed on the glass. Well, look at who the Kings just picked up post-draft: Len and (probably) Thompson. Both are top ~30 in the league in DRB% (as is Holmes). Bagley is right there with them as well.
Essentially keeping Bagley would give us another 4 to throw out there to help clean the glass and allow us to effectively play a 3-guard lineup.