Kings Trade Rumors: Dewayne Dedmon Wants to Be Dealt Amid Interest

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2019

Sacramento Kings center Dewayne Dedmon (13) looks to pass during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. The Kings defeated the Knicks 113-92. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Sacramento Kings veteran center Dewayne Dedmon reportedly wants to be dealt ahead of the February trade deadline. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, "multiple teams" are making offers to the Kings in hopes of landing the versatile big man.

Dedmon signed a three-year, $40 million contract with the Kings in July after spending the previous two seasons as a member of the Atlanta Hawks.

The 30-year-old Dedmon was expected to be a major contributor and regular starter for the young Kings when he was signed, but that hasn't been the case.

Dedmon has appeared in 23 games and made just four starts. He is also averaging only 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per contest. Statistically, this has been his worst season since 2015-16 with the Orlando Magic.

The drop-off compared to last season is steep for Dedmon, as he enjoyed a career year in 2018-19. As a veteran leader for the Hawks, Dedmon averaged 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals in a career-high 25.1 minutes per game.

Charania reported Kings head coach Luke Walton "is believed to have soured on the 30-year-old and the sides believe their union can't be salvaged." Rather than Dedmon, Walton has leaned heavily on the trio of Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica this season. 

That decision has yielded mixed results as the Kings are 10th in the Western Conference at 12-19, but are just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot. They are currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

Although the Kings are deep at center and power forward and have not needed Dedmon's services as much as expected, there are plenty of contenders who could benefit from 15-20 solid minutes per game from Dedmon.

Since Dedmon's contract is only fully guaranteed through next season, finding a suitor shouldn't be difficult, and it could even result in the Kings filling a need elsewhere such as guard depth, which has been put to the test with De'Aaron Fox suffering multiple injuries this season.