“I would like to be traded. I haven’t been playing, so I would like to go somewhere where my talents are appreciated.”
When Kings’ center Dewayne Dedmon said this to Jason Alexander of the Sacramento Bee last weekend, everyone knew what was coming.
The league has fined Dedmon $50,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA and its teams.”
That’s the same fine amount Anthony Davis was hit with last season when his agent, Rich Paul, made public Davis’ trade request.
Dedmon’s desire to be traded was no secret, and other teams were already talking with Sacramento, but it’s one thing to do that through back channels and another to do it with a pubic request (at least in the league’s eyes).
Dedmon has fallen out of Luke Walton’s rotation and, combined with the “trust issues” in the Kings’ locker room, it’s understandable why he would want out of Sacramento. Dedmon looked like a smart signing last summer as another center in the rotation with Marvin Bagley III. However, Dedmon has struggled with his shot in Sacramento, hitting just 22.9 percent from three, with a 49.7 true shooting percentage.
A season ago in Atlanta, Dedmon was an above-average center scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 7.5 rebounds a game, plus shooting 38.2 percent from three. A lot of teams will believe their culture and situation can resurrect that Dedmon and will want to trade for him.
Until then, don’t expect Dedmon to talk publicly about a trade again.Follow @basketballtalk