Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III’s father has recently lashed out at the club for ill-management of his son and has even expressed the desire to see the player to be traded away from them.
The journey of Marvin Bagley with the Kings has not been smooth in recent times. A 2nd overall draft pick of 2018, Bagley’s professional career has been riddled with multiple injuries.
As a result, the 21-year-old has made a total of just 75 appearances in the past two seasons at Sacramento, with only 13 of them last season which was already impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marvin Bagley’s father claims the team hasn’t treated the player properly
In their 122-119 loss against the Rockets on Thursday, Bagley played for a total off 25 minutes, securing 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists. He was sat for the entirety of the 4th quarter and was able to have only than two minutes in the 4th.
Marvin Bagley II aka Coach Bagley made a post on Twitter via the @TeamBagley handle, where he asked the Kings to trade Marvin- “please trade Marvin Bagley III ASAP!”
Although he deleted the tweet later, it already garnered the attention on NBA Twitter and was reposted several times.
Bagley’s father had earlier expressed his dissatisfaction regarding how the team had treated his son.
“What since does it make to treat Marvin Bagley III this way? No worries, it will surely work out. #TEAMBAGLEY” Bagley Sr tweeted last Tuesday.
Kings head coach Luke Walton assures patient handling of Marvin Bagley’s future at the team
The deleted tweet was picked up by the team as well and Kings head coach Luke Walton voiced on the situation following their second consecutive loss against Houston Rockets, stating that the team is going to be patient about the ‘talented’ youngster’s future.
“My message is always the same — we don’t listen to any of that,” Walton said after the match, “It’s us within these walls, us within this locker room. We’re in this together. Like I always say, good or bad, we’ve got to do everything we can to not let that affect what we’re trying to get done here.”
“We know he has a very bright future, but we’re going to continue to be patient, continue to teach, continue to work with him on all of that stuff, but he’s doing a nice job,” the coach added.
Heading into the 2020-21 NBA season, the Kings announced on 4th December that they decided to exercise the fourth-year option on the forward.