The Marvin Bagley saga continues to unfold, and if losses start piling up for the Kings, he could very well be traded, although he is in the midst of a season featuring career-lows in steals and points.
RYAN KNAUS: Already been a turbulent season for Marvin Bagley, whose father wrote a public plea on Twitter for the team to trade his son. That elicited a nearly instant response from De'Aaron Fox's father, who wrote simply, trade him, meaning, sure, trade Bagley.
Now the Kings' theoretical franchise pillars, along with Tyrese Haliburton, have downplayed any notion of locker room strife or on-court frustration. However, that could change if losses start piling up.
A big question mark for Bagley is his defense. You know, half the game. Now opposing players are shooting 13.7% above their season average when Bagley is actively defending them this season, the highest rate among qualifying players with at least five games and 15 minutes.
The Kings tried starting him at center, with Richaun Holmes recently sidelined by a left ankle injury. And predictably, the Kings defense was once again shredded.
Bagley's steals have also dropped to 0.4 per game, a personal worst. And his blocks are down 0.5 per game. He's at a career-low 12.7 points on 40.7% shooting, and he's under 60% from the free throw line without even averaging an assist per game.
The good news is that fantasy managers can look forward to a solid run schedule-wise, the Kings playing four times in five of the next seven weeks. Unless Bagley starts collecting some supporting stats, however, even that may not be enough for him to return value in 8-cat and 9-cat 12-team leagues.