Sacramento Kings: 3 stars to target at the trade deadline

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1. Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond is a unique player in the modern NBA. In years past, the dominant big man would be considered a franchise cornerstone.

His current averages of 17.9 points and 15.9 rebounds show his ability to control the paint. His 1.8 blocks and 2.0 steals per game also make him a legitimate difference-maker on defense.

However, the Detroit Pistons have struggled to win consistently with the three-time rebounding leader as their primary talent. His $27 million annual salary also handicapped the team’s ability to build a complete roster around him.

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There have been reports that the Pistons are actively seeking a trade partner for the two-time All-Star. The Kings have loosely been connected as a potential suitor.

The last few spots in the Western Conference playoff picture seem to be more readily available than in years past. A roster with Fox and Hield on the perimeter and Bagley and Drummond leading the frontcourt would make the Kings one of the favorites to return to the postseason.

Drummond, who is shockingly still only 26 years old, would also be a piece that could grow with the team well into the 2020s.

As an added bonus, imagine an offense built around a pick-and-roll with Fox and Drummond. It would be a dream for head coach Luke Walton.

What would it cost?

A potential starting point for a deal could revolve around shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic. A player like Trevor Ariza or Dewayne Dedmon would also need to be included to make the salaries match.

While a sweetener could be included, unloading Drummond’s considerable salary should be enough intensive for Detroit to make the move.