There is always a guy on the losing team with positive in the +/-. It doesn't prove anything. Last night the Nets lost by 16 but Paul Milsap only played 8 minutes and was a +12... Morons???
He grabbed 4 rebounds in those 10 minutes and they were +3 in a game they lost by 9 points. It can't be stated enough, the Kings are MORONS.
Bagley played 10 minutes in the Kings 2nd game. No reason for them to give him a lot of minutes when they are going to trade him. Keep his minutes down to lessen the chance of injury and to make it unlikely he'll meet the requirements to qualify for the 14.8M minimum qualifying offer. He's more tradeable if his minimum qualifying offer is only going to be 7.3M.
Looking at the box score of the Kings 2nd game. Richaun Holmes fouled out in 18 minutes. Tristan Thompson played only 4 minutes so that may be an injury of some kind there. It looks like the Kings were forced into giving Alex Len 23 minutes and Bagley 10 minutes. Even then, Len got more playing time than Bagley.
Oh and Moe Harkless was a DNP who was the Kings starting SF in game one. Their only non-guard aside from Harrison Barnes in their PG - SG - SF - PF positions in game one. Maybe they needed a bigger body to backup Barnes with Harkless unavailable and that is where Bagley's minutes came from. Maybe to matchup with Paschall when he came into the game.
I don't know but it looks like those 10 minutes may have been a one-off rather than to be expected moving forward. A non-rotation player who only plays when other things go wrong. 3rd string PF / 4th string C.
Bagley has always been known as a low character guy. The Kings are absolutely doing something similar to what the Sixers are doing... if Bagley's contract goes from 14million to 7 million they are going to receive a much better asset in a trade for him. Sixers are doing what they can to get the best haul for Simmons also, or so they say.
No team would acquire Bagley with the intention to pay him the qualifying offer. That has almost no bearing on anything. A team acquiring him, would intend to lock him up long term. Now maybe they don't reach a deal, but again a 1 year contract at that price, isn't going to scare teams away or make someone give up a better asset because a QO is half the price. It is nonsense.
2021 Historical Draft - 5th Pick - Raptors
PG - Tiny Archibald 73, Don Buse 77, Terrell Brandon 96
SG - Chet Walker 67, Michael Cooper 87, Raja Bell 06
SF - Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic 04, Kiki Vandeweghe 87, Robert Covington 18
PF - Karl Malone 97, Spencer Haywood 73, David West 08
C - Ben Wallace 04, George Mikan 50, Al Jefferson 08