The Sacramento Kings left Marvin Bagley off the opening night rotation for tomorrow’s season opener and his agent is sounding off.
“Sacramento has informed Marvin Bagley he is not in the opening night rotation, which is completely baffling. It’s clear they have no plans for him in the future, and yet passed on potential deals at last year’s deadline and this summer based on ‘value’. Instead, they chose to bring him back but not play him, and move completely contradictory to their ‘value’ argument. This is a case studying mismanagement by the Kings organization,” Jeff Schwartz wrote.
Since when do employees under contract making millions have a say in who plays and who doesn’t? Sure, the better the player do, especially the more influential they become, but the Kings don’t owe Bagley anything.
— excel sports (@excelsm) October 19, 2021
Marvin Bagley, objectively speaking, has been a bit of a bust compared to expectations since he was drafted second overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s played in just 118 games, which makes him a liability by anyone’s standards.
He shouldn’t consider himself a valuable asset that’s worth trading until he does something other teams are willing to offer legit assets for. Most likely, the Sacramento Kings didn’t like the offers for him last season because no one ever sells a house when the market’s crashing.
The team will wait until some type of value forms before they give him up for nothing. That’s just smart business.
Here’s the kicker:
Still, there are financial ramifications for the six-foot-10 power forward not playing on opening night, so it’s understandable that he’s upset. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Bagley must start 41 games or play 2,000 minutes this season or his qualifying offer for next offseason will drop from $14.8 million to $7.3 million.
God forbid one of us were set to lose more than 50 percent of our upcoming salary. We’d be shaking in our boots too, even if we were at fault for it. Bagley averaged 14 points on just under 26 minutes per game last season — some potential there, but he still needs to get much better.
A team almost never holds a player out they know can contribute because they don’t like him personally. Keep an eye on the Kings’ roster, it may cost the former top pick a bag.
What was assumed has now been officially confirmed:
The biggest moment of Marvin Bagley’s Sacramento Kings’ career came in a summer league game. pic.twitter.com/dnpAfWUjSS
— Anthony Cardenas (@SportsByTone) October 19, 2021