NBA Trades: Kings and Pelicans land stars in spicy proposed deal with Hawks 

Harrison Barnes and Domantas Sabonis
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NBA Trades: Would the Kings accept this deal?

This offseason is arguably the 'make-or-break' moment for the Kings. One of Sacramento's most important players, Malik Monk, will be a free agent. The Kings do have Early Bird rights on their high-powered guard, but can easily be outbid financially for his services. Sacramento lacks any cap space, with just $22 million of first apron cap space and $33 million of cap space before the second apron kicks in. De'Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, and Kevin Huerter will be unrestricted free agents in 2026-27.

Rumors are swirling about Malik Monk's market, with young teams like Orlando interested in Monk's offensive presence. With it being likely Monk commands at least $100 million, the Kings must be prepared to lose Monk in free agency if he has no interest in the 'hometown discount'. Expect high activity from Sacramento this offseason. Whether Fox, Barnes, or Huerter get extensions, or the Kings shop Barnes and Huerter in trade talks, the Kings will look to improve their roster.

If the Kings are confident in their chances of re-signing Ingram, this is a deal Sacramento should make. Ingram is a younger, longer-term piece who could fit with Keegan Murray and the Kings core into the future. While he may be more costly than Zach LaVine or Kyle Kuzma, Ingram is the best piece for a team in need of wing and forward improvements. Consider this a 'contingency plan' if Monk elects to sign elsewhere in free agency.