Sacramento is looking to sign Brooklyn’s two best wingmen.
Sam Amick, a reporter for “The Athletic,” said on the 26th (Korea Standard Time) that the Sacramento Kings are interested in recruiting Royce O’Neill and Dorian Finney-Smith of the Brooklyn Nets in a trade.
Sacramento, which broke a long drought of 17 consecutive playoff failures last season and entered the tournament stage for the first time since 2006, has consistently maintained its upper-middle position in the Western Conference, ranking seventh this season with 24 wins and 18 losses.꽁머니사이트
Sacramento, however, is also concerned. It is imperative that the team strengthen its defense, which had deteriorated stability in the previous season. Sacramento’s defensive rating (115.8) in this season ranked 17th in the league.
Domantas Sabonis, a key big man, is less capable of rim protection, and Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray, the main forwards, also reveal their weaknesses every time they meet big forwards, so they especially need a wingman with size strengths.
So there are two wingmen Sacramento is eyeing. Brooklyn’s O’Neill and Finney-Smith are the main characters. Both players have something in common as resources that attract the attention of contender teams every season after winning NBA contracts with their skills in Undrafty.
O’Neill, who played as the main wingman in Utah in the late 2010s, has been playing for Brooklyn since last season. He has played an average of 24.7 minutes in 42 games this season, posting 7.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists and a 35.6 percent success rate of three-point shooting.
Finney-Smith transferred from Dallas in return for the Kyrie Irving trade during last season. He is a 3&D resource with a 37.8 percent three-point shooting success rate, 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, while playing an average of 28.6 minutes in 40 games this season.
The problem is that there are many teams other than Sacramento that are aiming for these two players. With Brooklyn currently ranking 11th in the Eastern Conference, there is a growing possibility that it will press the rebuilding button again after handing over key players to trade, and among the players on the trade market, O’Neill and Finney-Smith are the most reliable cards that have been verified.