Report: Nemanja Bjelica to Be Traded from Kings to Heat for Harkless, Silva

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2021

Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica looks to pass during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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The Sacramento Kings are trading forward Nemanja Bjelica to the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reported the Heat will send Moe Harkless and Chris Silva to the Kings.

The 32-year-old, who is an impending free agent, spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Sacramento. He has been an intermittent part of the Kings rotation in 2020-21 in part because of a back injury and a personal issue, averaging 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.

The Heat will be hoping a change of scenery will get Bjelica back into form. He was shooting a career-low 29.3 percent from three-point range in Sacramento after hitting at over a 40 percent rate the last three seasons.

With the Serb not part of the Kings' plans moving forward, trading him to a team in need of some floor-stretching size always made sense.

The limited cost also made him attractive for Miami; a fully healthy and focused Bjelica would be a noticeable improvement to their rotation, but he didn't cost enough to cause any real waves if he disappoints.

The Heat are hoping Bjelica will help them turn around a disappointing season. They sit at just 22-22, good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.