Report: Kings also open to trading Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson

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There has been a lot of talk about the Kings trading veteran guard George Hill to the Cavaliers. The deal would send Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and a draft pick (likely second round). That might work for the Kings, it saves them money down the road and nets them a pick.

But those are not the only players the Kings are willing to move, two of their young players — Skal Labissiere and Malachi Richardson — are available as well. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee broke the story.

League sources said the Kings are exploring trades that would allow them to unload one or two young players, with second-year players Skal Labissiere and Malachi Richardson having been made available…

Richardson has been buried on the depth chart at guard behind a group that includes Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Hill. Richardson was the 22nd pick out of Syracuse in the 2016 NBA draft.

Labissiere showed promise at power forward as a rookie, but has struggled to find his way this season. He scored a season-high 23 points in Monday’s loss at Charlotte. Labissiere, a Kentucky product, was also drafted in 2016, with the 28th overall pick.

I’m a little surprised to see Labissiere on the list, he is young, athletic, and has shown promise. I know they like what they have in Harry Giles (who will not play this season), and there’s a long way to go for Labissiere, but this seems quick to throw in the towel. Other teams should snap him up and take a shot at developing him.

These are the kind of deals we are more likely to see at the trade deadline — small ones moving end-of-the-bench guys, or some rotation players. The buzz around the league is nothing may happen with the big names on the market (DeAndre Jordan or Kemba Walker).