Kings’ Dewayne Dedmon ‘would like to be traded;’ league now investigating

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It’s a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for a player or his representative to publicly demand a trade. Last season, when Anthony Davis‘ agent Rich Paul made a public trade demand of New Orleans mid-season, Davis got slapped with a $50,000 fine.

Kings’ center Dewayne Dedmon said this to Jason Alexander of the Sacramento Bee Sunday night:

“I would like to be traded,” Dedmon told The Bee, speaking publicly about his trade request for the first time. “I haven’t been playing, so I would like to go somewhere where my talents are appreciated.”

That’s going to cost Dedmon money, a fine is coming and the league is already investigating, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Dedmon’s desire to be traded is not a secret and other teams are making offers, but that was just done through channels (as these things are generally handled). Dedmon has fallen out of Luke Walton’s rotation — he didn’t play Sunday against Nikola Jokic and Denver — and combined with the “trust issues” in the Kings’ locker room, it’s understandable why he would want out of Sacramento. He just can’t make that kind of direct public demand without paying a price

Dedmon looked like a great signing last summer, a quality floor-spacing center to play next to and behind Marvin Bagley III — and with Bagley’s injuries this season that could have led to an expanded role. But Dedmon has struggled with his shot in Sacramento, hitting just 22.9 percent from three, with a 49.7 true shooting percentage, and that has impacted his play on both ends of the court. Rather than letting Dedmon play through his struggles (as happened with Buddy Hield and others), Walton has glued Dedmon to the bench.

A season ago in Atlanta, Dedmon had a 16 PER — above the league average — while scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 7.5 rebounds a game, plus shooting 38.2 percent from three. A lot of teams will remember that Dedmon, think that the culture and situation in Sacramento are to blame for his struggles and be willing to trade for him. It just may take time until a deal the Kings’ like gets done.

Until then, Dedmon will be writing a check to the league.