After striking out on All-Star center Al Horford, the Sacramento Kings have reportedly worked quickly to find their next upgrade at the center position as they try and push to become a playoff contender.
According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Sacramento is expected to quickly come to terms on a three-year, $40 million deal with center Dewayne Dedmon.
According to the report, the deal will be partially guaranteed in the third year. As a result, it could allow the Kings to get out of the deal after two seasons and before Dedmon’s age-33 season.
Dedmon played a prominent role for the Atlanta Hawks over the past two seasons, though injuries prevented him from ever playing in more than 64 games. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in over 25 minutes per night during the 2018-’19 season.
Dedmon fits Sacramento’s up-tempo face and his rebounding, three-point shooting (38.2 percent last season) and defense will fit in nicely for the Kings. He’ll likely also serve as a mentor for Harry Giles, who could take over as the starting center when Dedmon’s contract ends.