- Marvin Bagley III’s father tweeted a trade request on behalf of his son.
- The younger Bagley was picked ahead of Luka Doncic and Trae Young in the 2018 NBA Draft.
- He played in just 13 games last season due to injury and is averaging 11.8 points and 8 rebounds per game this season.
Marvin Bagley III is unhappy and wants out of Sacramento, ASAP. Or that’s what his father says.
The elder Bagley runs the Twitter account Team Bagley on social media and after the Kings lost 102-94 to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, coach Bagley “pleaded” the Sacramento Kings on Twitter to trade his son.
It appears that Coach Bagley isn’t happy with the playing time his son has been getting in Sacramento. When Marvin III didn’t play in the fourth quarter of the team’s first game against the Houston Rockets, his dad also complained on Twitter. When the younger Bagley saw less than two minutes of playing time in the King’s loss to the Rockets on Saturday, he had enough:
lol what a tool pic.twitter.com/ZYHWVYsEwe
— Greg (@gwiss) January 3, 2021
Coach Bagley has since deleted the tweet but the damage had been done. While it’s also uncertain that Marvin III feels the same way, it has already created a stir in the basketball community, especially in Sacramento where the Kings are trying to end a playoff drought that has spanned more than a decade.
We’re going into 2021 with only ✨ positive ✨ vibes
Starting with these highlights ? pic.twitter.com/u1ufcG8WY7
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 1, 2021
The Sacramento Kings finished the year 2020 with a winning record. Although that record was just 3-1, success is about small victories and for a team that has not placed higher than 9th place in the Conference since 2006, starting the year better than expected was a good sign for Sacramento who currently has the second worst odds to win the Western Conference at +10000.
Sacramento has lost back to back games to start 2021, but they are still at the .500 mark heading to their January 4th game against the Golden State Warriors. Although the Kings will be on the road in that game, Sacramento is listed as a -2.5 betting favorite at SportsBetting.ag. After that game, the Kings will play their next seven games at home which should help them stay in the thick of things.
The Kings currently have the longest current playoff drought in the NBA at 13 seasons. Luke Walton struggled in his first season as the team’s head coach but they are making small gains right now. The last thing they need right now is a distraction that is going to derail the progress that they have made.
Second Overall Pick
Kings Select Marvin Bagley III in the First Round of 2018 NBA Draft » https://t.co/5X1chkUCsk pic.twitter.com/uP8usgdRIw
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 22, 2018
Bagley was the Kings’ second overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft after earning All-American First Team honors as a freshman in 2018 at Duke University. The Temple, Arizona native starred at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California. He was a five-star recruit and the no. 1 overall recruit in the 2017 class.
He was a one-and-gone freshman at Duke, attending one season to become eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft. Bagley averaged 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in 33 games played for the Blue Devils. He was named as the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Player of the Year in 2018 before leaving for the NBA.
Because of his college credentials, the now 21-year old Bagley was picked ahead of Luka Doncic and Trae Young in the 2018 NBA Draft. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while playing in a total of 62 games for the Kings. Bagley was named to the 2019 All-Rookie First team along with Doncic, Young, Deandre Ayton, and Jaren Jackson Jr. However, he played in only 13 games last season due to injury. This season, Bagley is putting up 11.8 points and 8 points per game through Saturday.