Trade No. 6 – Sacramento Kings
The Minnesota Timberwolves trade Andrew Wiggins and a future first round pick (gasp) to the Sacramento Kings, in return for a tangible young talent in Bogdan Bogdanovic and sharp shooter Iman Shumpert.
Your first question may be: Why the heck are the Wolves trading Wiggs’ AND a first round pick to the Kings without serious names thrown in there. I don’t really think the Kings are willing to take on the serious cap of Wiggins without a future first thrown in there because GM Vlade Divac means business when it comes to his draft picks (meaning he needs more).
The Kings have been outspoken on wanting a solid wing, making Andrew Wiggins a perfect addition to their potential playoff roster.
- PG, D’Aaron Fox
- SG, Buddy Hield
- SF, Andrew Wiggins
- PF, Marvin Bagley
- C, Willie Cauley-Stein
Again, a lot like that first trade idea with the Hawks, this deal puts a young team over the top if they’re ready to make that jump and to be out of the lottery. And with that starting lineup, I can definitely see the Kings turning some heads, even in the west.
As for Minnesota, Bogdan Bogdanovic gives Minnesota another chance to start over with a Wiggs-like asset before he signed the max-extension. Moreover, Shumpert allows the Wolves’ the shooter off the bench they deserve and need right now.
Overall, I would do this immediately if I’m the Kings, mostly because they aren’t bringing in any hot free agents this summer and Wiggs could be the best asset they can get right now. And Minny does this because the $11 million owed to Shump will be settled by this summer and Bogdanovic is on a rookie contract.
The next move will finally move the bar for a team that’s kept their roster together for way too long.