The NBA Trade Deadline is still over a month away, but the trade rumors have started to swirl. Earlier this week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that veteran center Dewayne Dedmon is interested in moving on from the Sacramento Kings. Charania went on to explain that multiple teams have expressed interest in Dedmon.
Following Charania’s report, NBC Sports California confirmed that several teams have inquired about Dedmon.
NBC Sports California has confirmed through a league source that there indeed is a market for the 30-year-old center, but the deal has to make sense for the Kings if they are going to move the 7-footer. The team isn’t going to hamstring its future to move an unhappy player, but it also isn’t set on waiting around for the Feb. 6 trade deadline.
Dedmon, who went undrafted out of USC, has failed to carve out a regular role with the Kings. The two sides agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal in the summer of 2019. Preceding his time in Sacramento, Dedmon blossomed into a modern floor-spacing big man. The 30-year-old center has struggled to replicate that success with the Kings. Dedmon’s three-point percentage has dipped from 2018-19’s 38.2 percent to 22.9 percent this season.
Working off the bench, Dedmon has averaged eight minutes per game in just five appearances in the month of December. Only $1 million of Dedmon’s 2021-22 salary is guaranteed.