Three kings who will definitely not return after the Play-In tournament failed

After losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Play-In Tournament, the Sacramento Kings are entering a season where they will likely be looking for a third star.

Since trading for Domantas Sabonis two seasons ago, the Kings have failed to advance out of the first round of the playoffs. Since they cannot make a long run, they may try to make a panic trade to achieve their goals.

The front office was reportedly already interested in adding to the core of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. After the loss, the franchise will likely become more aggressive when it comes to acquiring another star.

While the Kings look for a third star, they will likely acquire Davion Mitchell as part of their trade package. Mitchell looked extremely promising during his rookie season with his 11 points per game on 45 percent shooting, but has faded offensively. The veteran has averaged five points per game over the past two seasons.

The former Baylor student-athlete is in the fourth year of his rookie deal and will become a restricted free agent after this season. Sacramento likely won’t give Mitchell a contract extension because the team doesn’t have enough minutes to give him with the number of guards on the roster.

While Mitchell will likely be part of the package the team needs to acquire a third star, the franchise will have to add a high salary to the deal to work under the NBA salary cap.

Although Harrison Barnes has fulfilled his contract, there are rumors that the Kings will move the wing as the veteran is the perfect piece to trade for a star. While Barnes is a solid player in this league, his ceiling is most likely tied to being a solid bench player/good starter.

While Barnes is currently averaging 12 points per game on 47 percent shooting, the former NBA champion isn’t the offensive machine the team wants to add.

In any deal, the Kings will likely be looking for a three-team deal, as Barnes doesn’t offer any upside to a rebuilding team at this point in his career. Still, the Kings should be able to send a few first-round picks to the rebuilding team if they can find the right deal.

If the Kings are interested in trading for Zach LaVine, Barnes will likely be involved in the deal in some way. However, they also need a piece that they can argue is an asset in this league. With that in mind, the franchise will look to add a player who has been on the roster for the past two seasons.

Since Keon Ellis has emerged as a reliable point guard for the Kings, Kevin Huerter is likely on his way out of the organization. Teams around the league will likely look to acquire Huerter, as the veteran is a solid starter in this league and could be an above-average starter in the right situation.

Huerter, who averaged 10 points per game on 44 percent shooting, is an explosive offensive veteran. Since the veteran is 25 and unlikely to be a superstar in this league, the Kings will have to find a team that isn’t looking to rebuild.

If the Kings can find a team with an unlucky star this offseason, they could look to combine these three solid rotation players to get their third star.

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