In February, the Sacramento Kings traded away their 6th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to acquire veteran point guard George Hill. The move was met with criticism by both fans and experts alike who felt that this is a huge mistake for Sacramento as they missed out on a chance at one of the top-3 prospects in this year’s draft class. Former Wilt Chamberlain record holder Tyrese Haliburton-Domantas Sabonis Tandem suffered through an injury last season and while he may not have been drafted, his potential still warrants him being selected higher than what he ended up going in round 20.

Tyrese Haliburton-Domantas Sabonis Tandem is a story of how the Sacramento Kings made a mistake. The team did not prioritize this opportunity for Tyrese, and it cost him his dream.

Sacramento Kings Made A Mistake Not Prioritizing a Chance for a Dream Tyrese Haliburton-Domantas Sabonis Tandem

The Sacramento Kings have pulled off a near-impossible feat. The organization has now joined death and taxes as one of life’s three certainties. Their role in the triad of existence, however, is not a sacred one. Instead, the Kings have attained this position because anytime a decision must be made, Sacramento will make the incorrect decision.

Each and every time.

The Sacramento Kings are allegedly moving center Domantas Sabonis, wings Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday, and a poorly protected 2023 second-round draft pick to the Indiana Pacers for second-year guard Tyrese Haliburton, three-point shooter Buddy Hield, and veteran big Tristan Thompson.

Mismanagement by the Sacramento Kings is always on point.

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Monte McNair is the new(ish) general manager of the Sacramento Kings. He’s virtually the same as Vlade Divac, the previous president of basketball operations. It’s like listening to a cringe-inducing music on repeat at maximum volume and having no clue how to turn it off. Where do I begin?

When was the last time the Kings made the playoffs? The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t exist yet, the BlackBerry was the greatest business phone on the market, and LeBron James had just made his first NBA Playoff appearance.

It was the year 2006.

It often seems like being the author of books like How I Turned $100 Million in Real Estate Into $10 Cash and Some Arby’s Coupons is one of the requirements for running the Kings’ front office.

One fact sprang out the virtual page when examining at the deal announced by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Holiday was acquired by the Kings, who were playing in a place where vaccinations were required (the undrafted Holiday brother).

That’s the same Holiday who told the Indianapolis Star’s James Boyd in late January that he hadn’t taken the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination and had no intention of doing so. Holiday is unable to participate in any of the Kings’ home games, despite Sacramento’s policy of allowing unvaccinated visitors into Golden 1 Center.

It’s the equivalent of trading for Kyrie Irving, if Irving averaged 11 points per game, couldn’t create his own shot, wasn’t much of a passer, and played superior wing defense.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this business.

Sabonis was acquired by the Sacramento Kings to play with De’Aaron Fox.

Domantas Sabonis and De'Aaron Fox are now teammates with the Sacramento Kings. It's another case of what might have been for the woeful Kings.

Domantas Sabonis and De'Aaron Fox are now teammates with the Sacramento Kings. It's another case of what might have been for the woeful Kings. The Sacramento Kings’ Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox are officially teammates. For the hapless Kings, it’s another another example of what could have been. | Getty Images/Ezra Shaw

The Sacramento Kings allegedly informed possible suitors for point guard De’Aaron Fox not long ago that they wanted to construct a team around him and Haliburton.

Fox is a 6-foot-3 point guard with lightning quickness who excels in transition. He’s also a poor shooter, making just 24.8 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Haliburton, on the other hand, is a 6-foot-5 combination guard who, despite his young age, already plays a highly disciplined game. Despite being the backup ballhandler, he has a penchant for finding shooters, as proven by his team-leading 7.4 assists per game. Oh, and the Oshkosh, Wisconsin native was also Sacramento’s greatest three-point shooter, hitting 41.3 percent of his attempts.

Then there’s Sabonis, who’ll be in Sacramento. His style would complement Haliburton’s well. Domas is a traditional large, powerful inside player with a nice passing touch off of the low position who can find shooters.

Sabonis, on the other hand, will not see Haliburton until they wave as their aircraft pass each other. And what about the whole kicking the ball to shooters thing? Big dude, good luck with that. Because your new team has just sent two of its finest shooters to your previous club. Enjoy!

Sabonis will play power forward with Marvin Bagley III. He’s a lefty who prefers to work on the low block and isn’t much of a shooter. Congratulations if you guessed that the two-time All-Star from the Pacers is a left-handed pitcher who prefers the ball on the low block. You may be the future General Manager of the Kings.

It’s not that Fox and Sabonis can’t succeed. They’re both talented young athletes with promising careers ahead of them.

Sabonis and Haliburton, although not ideally equipped to win a lot of games together, are close.

Alvin Gentry will now go off against Steve Nash in the Steve Nash challenge.

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Alvin Gentry, the interim coach, has his job cut out for him. In late November, he took over for Luke Walton, who had been dismissed.

Now he’ll have to figure out how to fit three big men into one rotation, especially because they’re all near to the basket.

Lamb, who fell out of favor with new Indiana coach Rick Carlisle and only averaged 15.7 minutes per game, will be his opponent.

Gentry, on the other hand, is given a holiday. Sometimes. Steve Nash is growing used to having home and road squads that don’t look the same, so he may want to contact his old point guard from his coaching days with the Phoenix Suns.

Fox has taken over as the guy in Sacramento. It makes sense; at $28.1 million, he’s the highest-paid player on the team, and he’s signed a five-year, $163 million deal that began this season. Sabonis is under contract with the Kings for two more seasons, with a salary of $18.5 million next season and $19.4 million in 2023–24.

Haliburton, on the other hand, is 21 years old. He’s in the midst of a strong second-year transition. And now he’s no longer among us. Instead, it’s Fox, who is 24 years old and seems to be falling to the mind-numbing routine of life with the Sacramento Kings.

Part of that existence is the knowledge that whatever choice the front office takes, it will be the incorrect one.

Rinse, lather, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse

Basketball Reference provided the statistics. Spotrac provided contract details.

RELATED: The Sacramento Kings have once again shown their organizational incompetence by trading away Tyrese Haliburton, their most promising young player.

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