The NBA trade deadline passed at noon on Thursday and, in its wake, left the Sacramento Kings roster looking a lot different than it did earlier that morning.
Sacramento shipped George Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-team deal, acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers and Joe Johnson from the Utah Jazz. In the deal, they also acquired the rights to Dimitrios Agravanias, a 2020 second round draft pick from the Miami Heat and a little more than $3 million, according to league sources.
The Kings then agreed to trade second-year guard Malachi Richardson to Toronto in exchange for Bruno Caboclo, and in a corresponding move to trim the roster to the NBA maximum of 15 players, the team released second-year center Georgios Papagiannis, according to sources.
Those sources spoke to ABC10 on the condition of anonymity because the trades were not yet officially announced by the team.
George Hill, Iman Shumpert and Joe Johnson
Hill, 31, who signed with Sacramento last summer, when he agreed to a three-year contract for $57 million, had been linked in trade rumors with Cleveland over the past month. He was respected by many Kings players, in particular, his strong relationship with rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, but struggled throughout the season trying to find his groove on the court.
After being a major contributor to Utah's playoff run last season, averaging a career-best 16.9 points-per-game, Hill has averaged just 10.3 points and 2.8 assists during his 43 contests with the Kings.
After missing most of this season due to knee surgery in November, Shumpert, 27, comes to Sacramento as a key part of Cleveland's championship run in 2016. However, this season he's averaging 4.4 points and 1.2 assists in just 14 games this season, and he holds a player-option worth just over $11 million for the next season.
Johnson, a seven-time All-Star, nicknamed "ISO-Joe", is known for his ability to score. But at 36 years old, he's in the final year of his current contract and is reportedly seeking a buy-out with the Kings, so that he can join a playoff contender.
According to reports, the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are interested in Johnson's services.
Caboclo, 22, possesses an eight-foot wingspan and has spent the majority of his career in the NBA's developmental G-League. The Brazilian-native was selected by Toronto with the 20th overall draft-pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Being a young, inexperienced player with the Raptors -- a consistent playoff contender in the Eastern Conference -- has proved to be a tough fit for Caboclo. He has only appeared in two games this season, spending most of his time in the G-League.
Georgios Papagiannis and Malachi Richardson
Papagiannis and Richardson were both selected in the 2016 NBA Draft and were originally thought to be part of the Kings future.
In the wake of last season's trade of three-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento entered this season with 10 players with under two seasons of NBA experience.
Richardson, 22, found himself buried in the depth chart playing in just 47 games over his two seasons in Sacramento. He found himself behind Buddy Hield and rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac knew that Papagiannis would be a project when he selected him with the 13th pick of the 2016 Draft.
The Kings acquired Papagiannis, 20, on Draft night, sending the team's eighth pick -- Sacramento native Marquese Chriss -- to Phoenix, for their 13th pick. In that deal, the Kings also received the 28th pick of the first round, which became Skal Labissiere, and the draft rights to Bogdanovic.
In Papagiannis, Divac, a former All-Star center himself with Sacramento, saw a future star. Divac famously said he envisioned him as a "future NBA All-Star" and compared him to Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol.
But Papagiannis has spent the majority of this season-and-a-half as an NBA player with the Kings' G-League affiliate in Reno, where his biggest focus was to shed body weight.
When he was called up, Papagiannis struggled in his limited playing time, appearing in just 38 games with Sacramento. He averaged just 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.4 minutes per contest in his 16 appearances this season.
In parting ways with the 7-foot-4 center from Greece, the Kings appear to have simply lost the patience to wait for him to further develop, or they simply felt he would never become the player Divac envisioned. Instead they opted to just cut their losses.
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