De’Aaron Fox is pivotal for the Sacramento Kings’ success, as they have a 6-1 record in games where he has played this season. They are also +13.7 points per 100 possessions when Fox is on the court. This performance indicates that Sacramento could be a real threat in the Western Conference with the addition of another key player. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Kings are set to be aggressive in pursuing this player at the trade deadline.
During a discussion on Fanduel’s Run it Back, Lou Williams expressed doubts about Sacramento as a desirable destination for star players. However, Shams Charania emphasized that the Kings have maintained tradeable assets and could be in the running for stars like Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, or Zach Lavine. While Williams suggested that players would not want to go to Sacramento, Charania argued that the city’s basketball environment and vibrant downtown have the potential to attract top talent.
Sacramento has to work on changing the perception of being a non-destination for star players, despite having key players like Fox and Domantas Sabonis. The idea is to make trades for players like Anunoby and Siakam, who may need to be re-signed but could potentially solidify their commitment to the Kings. The team may need to make the right trade to entice a star player to commit to the experience of playing in Sacramento.