The Brooklyn Nets have traded away forward Kessler Edwards and cash to the Sacramento Kings to free up a roster spot. This move also saves a total of eight million dollars in both salary and luxury tax for the franchise. Edwards had to approve the deal due to his contract having a one-year bird rights restriction. The Kings are expected to give him a major role on the team’s G League affiliate the Stockton Kings. That being said the Kings may not be his final stop with time left before the 2022-23 NBA Trade Deadline.
Edwards is expected now to approve the trade, source tells ESPN. Kings intend to give Edwards an opportunity to play with their G League affiliate in Stockton, but with two days to go until trade deadline his future will remain fluid. https://t.co/Oo33fKQtr0
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2023
In just 14 games and 5.7 minutes per game this season with the Brooklyn Nets, Kessler Edwards averaged 1.1 points and one rebound per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 25 percent and a three-point percentage of 16.7 percent. His overall career has looked better before this season. In his career, he has played in 62 games and 17.2 minutes per game averaging 4.8 points and three rebounds per game. He has paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 39.9 percent and a three-point percentage of 33.8 percent.
The Nets were looking to open up a roster spot and the Kings have the space to develop a player with the Stockton Kings. This trade also frees up money for the Nets who may be facing a rebuild in the coming years. The Kings are trending in the other direction and could need a talented reserve forward that they’ve developed in a few years.