The Kings had a solid shot at ending their playoff drought that started in 2006, but a myriad of internal issues prevented a surprisingly deep team from taking off. Both Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox missed time due to injury, while three-point threat Buddy Hield had a bit of a falling out with Luke Walton and is on the verge of requesting a trade. Rather than stick with a wing rotation led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento should extend some feelers out for Maxey.
Bogdanovic is a solid, if inspiring, starter at shooting guard, and Fox’s looming contract uncertainty could prompt the Kings look for an insurance policy in case the former Wildcat bolts town. Maxey gives Kansas City the best of both worlds, as he can handle the point when called upon while also giving them a jolt of energy on offense that could help them compete in a tough Pacific Division.
The Kings could use their pick to gain more help in the frontcourt, but the Hield trade might net them enough assets in that area to shift their draft focus to off-ball guards. If they do so, Maxey looks like an ideal choice.