NBA Rumors: Keegan Murray Not Available for Kings Trade

Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray is not part of any ongoing trade discussions, according to latest NBA rumors.
‣ The Kings are reportedly viewing Murray as a foundational piece of their team and are not including him in trade talks.
‣ Despite rumors, the Kings are not expected to trade Murray for Toronto Raptors‘ forwards Pascal Siakam or OG Anunoby due to his critical role in their lineup.

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Keegan Murray, the forward for the Sacramento Kings, is off the trading table. That’s what the latest NBA rumors are saying. As of Friday, December 15, 81 players in the league became trade-eligible.

Jake Fischer from Yahoo Sports stirred the pot this past week. He mentioned Murray in at least two of his rumor reports. But, a league source says the Kings aren’t planning to move the 6-foot-8 wing.

Looking at a few NBA betting sites, the Kings aren’t exactly favorites to win this season’s championship. They’re sitting at 14th-ranked odds. The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder are showing better odds, according to sportsbooks.

The Sacramento Bee got the scoop from a league source. The Kings see Keegan Murray as a foundational piece. They’re not including him in trade talks. That confirms a report from James Ham.

Fischer did drop some names though. OG Anunoby, Zach LaVine, Pascal Siakam, and Lauri Markkanen are apparently up for grabs. If the Kings want Siakam, they’d have to give up either Murray or De’Aaron Fox.

Fischer wrote, “For Sacramento to do business with Toronto, the Raptors are expected to seek sweet-shooting Keegan Murray in exchange for either of their talented forwards.” That’s a high price for Sacramento. Kings officials see Murray as a crucial swing piece in their lineup. Especially as 31-year-old veteran Harrison Barnes’ production has faded this season.

Speaking of Barnes, he can’t be traded until Dec. 29. His three-year, $54 million contract has a 10% trade bonus. He’s making $17 million this season and is set to earn $18 million in 2024-25.

Then there’s Trey Lyles. He becomes trade eligible on Jan. 15. Lyles, 28, is earning $8 million this season and next. It’s part of the two-year, $16 million deal he signed with the Kings in July.

Murray’s been on fire this season. He’s averaging career highs of 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 32.2 minutes per game. The Iowa product is also shooting 41.6% from the floor, 30.4% beyond the arc, and a career-best 86.1% at the foul line.

The Toronto Raptors are eyeing Keegan Murray. They’re considering a trade involving either Pascal Siakam or OG Anunoby.

In Sacramento’s 132-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 13, Murray recorded a season-high 25 points. He also had eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 38 minutes of action.

Kings coach Mike Brown hasn’t commented on any trade rumors involving Murray. However, the two-time NBA Coach of the Year (2009, 2023) had high praise for his star forward after Monday’s win over the Brooklyn Nets.

“Keegan was great again,” he said. “We’re asking him to guard Mikal Bridges and then, [say] ‘Hey, you gotta give it to us offensively.’ Tonight, he showed that he can be a high-level two-way player because, again, it’s not like we’re asking him to guard their third or fourth-best player. He’s guarding their best player on the perimeter, on that wing position that can move, and shoot, and handle, and create. So, a heck of a job from him on both ends of the floor tonight.”

James Shotwell
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