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Why Sacramento Kings should buy or sell before NBA Trade Deadline

We go over what the Sacramento Kings need to do before the deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Nemanja Bjelica of the Sacramento Kings shoots the ball during the game against the Washington Wizards on March 17, 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings are looking like they’ll extend that postseason drought to 15 seasons. Bravo, bravo. The Kings had looked good earlier on but fell off a cliff and should look to make a few moves before the deadline. That could include offloading a few expiring contracts or even adding a future piece in a bigger deal. Let’s take a look at what the Kings could do in the next few days.

The one thing they need to do is move Nemanja Bjelica. The forward hasn’t really been a factor in the rotation this season, averaging 7.2 points over 26 games. He’s shooting well under his career marks from beyond the arc at under 30 percent from 3-point range. Bjelica is a career 38 percent shooter from 3, so there’s going to be a market for a 6’10” forward who can stretch the floor.

There are a ton of contending teams who have been link to Bjelica, including the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics are reportedly the “top suitors” for Bjelica, but that title has been thrown around for a bunch of rumored players on the move. Bejlica would fit in nicely on Boston. The Celtics need a big who can stretch the floor since Tristan Thompson and Daniel Theis are incapable of doing so.

There has also been a bit of talk about Richaun Holmes being on the move. This is a bit more surprising, but it could be because the Kings don’t feel like overpaying for a fringe starting center who can’t play defense. Holmes is entering free agency this offseason. He could be pawned off as an expiring rental who could provide size, rebounding and offensive ability down low. Holmes is posting career numbers across the board: 13.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG while shooting 65 percent from the floor.