The Sacramento Kings want a starting point guard and are targeting the Los Angeles Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell in the latest NBA trade rumors.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported the possible deal on Thursday right around the 2016 NBA Draft and also mentioned that the Kings are searching for their point guard via a trade with other NBA teams.
Sacramento has been heavily engaged in trade talks all week and sources say one player they've tried to land is the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
Russell was the second overall pick in last year’s rookie draft and it’s not clear which players or picks the Kings are willing to give up in the NBA trade rumor. Earlier this year there were Kings-Lakers trade rumors involving Sacramento’s franchise player DeMarcus Cousins and Los Angeles’ second overall pick in this year’s draft.
In related Kings draft news, Sacramento acquired Bogdan Bogdanovic and the 13th overall pick by giving up their No. 8 pick in the draft.
Bogdan Bogdanovic has been traded with No. 13 pick to Sacramento for No. 8, sources tell The Vertical. Watch Live: https://t.co/0Ykil2Sb1v
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
Bogdanovic is a perimeter player and the No. 13 pick is international center Georgios Papagiannis so the Kings still do not have a starting point guard in their roster with the expected departure of Rajon Rondo in free agency.
The Kings are also linked to other point guards in the free agent market like Mike Conley, Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Lin, all of whom can grab the starting PG spot in Sacramento.
Russell averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals for the Lakers in his rookie year. However, he’s involved in NBA trade rumors because the team also has another starting point guard in Jordan Clarkson, whom they can re-sign as a restricted free agent this 2016 offseason.