Sam Amick on if the Kings make a move in free agency or via trade

Jun 29, 2023, 10:02 AM

O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors passes around Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards in th...

O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors passes around Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on March 04, 2023 in Washington, DC.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick joined The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross the day before NBA free agency negotiations open to discuss the latest rumors surrounding the Sacramento Kings and other stars throughout the league.

Focusing on the Kings first, Sam said the team is keeping its plans close to the chest. A Harrison Barnes return looks more likely, he noted, and Kyle Kuzma may only be linked because of his past connections with Sacramento. In 2021, the then-Laker was almost shipped to Sacramento for Buddy Hield.

So if the team is keeping things close to the chest, Sam could only offer his best guess if the Kings make big moves via free agency or through a trade.

“The Kuzma thing again, you know, I keep going back to it because I’d be a little worried about a possible overpay there,” Sam said. “But trade-wise, they have continued to make inquiries on guys like OG Anunoby… Pascal Siakam.

“I think it’s probably trade. And I think again, right now, their main priority is ‘alright we think we got something special last with this Sabonis-Fox duo and then everything around it’ but that means they got to hold onto Sabonis.

Topics discussed include:

  • Is Barnes taking a pay cut if he returns to Sacramento?
  • Are free agents going to get massive paydays this year?
  • What is the benefit of the Sacramento Kings extending Domantas Sabonis this year as opposed to next year?
  • Do Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez both return to the Milwaukee Bucks?
  • How close are the New Orleans Pelicans to moving on from Zion?
  • Is Portland really committed to building around Damian Lillard?
  • Are there any takers for Paul George or are the Clippers going to run it back with him and Kawhi Leonard?
  • His thoughts on the Clippers waiving Eric Gordon
  • If there are stories that have surprised him this offseason

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Sam Amick.

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