The Sacramento Kings acquired LA Clippers forward Mfiondu Kabengele and cash for a heavily guarded future second-round pick, sources told ESPN.
With the deal, the Clippers created an open spot on the roster ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline and eventual free agent buy-in market, dropping $ 2.6 million below the cap. Under the cap restrictions, the Clippers had to wait until March 30 to sign a player. Now, there are no restrictions on the use of the two open positions on the team roster.
The Kings absorbed Kabengele in a business exception that would have expired on Monday.
Kabengele, a 6.9-foot forward from Florida State, was the 27th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He played sparingly for the Clippers in two seasons, entering 35 games and averaging 4.5 minutes on an RBI team. by veterans.
The Kings now have a chance to take a closer look at Kabengele for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. The Clippers turned down his third-year option before the season.
ESPN head office insider Bobby Marks contributed to this report.