NBA Rumor: Tyrese Haliburton Trade?

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James Boyd: I asked Zach LaVine, who was traded from Minnesota to Chicago early in his career, what he thinks of Tyrese Haliburton’s opportunity with the #Pacers: “Tyrese is off the charts, and him getting a different opportunity now in Indiana I think is gonna be big for him.” #NBAAllStar

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James Boyd: I asked Jayson Tatum what is his impression of Tyrese Haliburton and the chance he has now with the #Pacers: “I like him a lot. I think as with everyone else, I was shocked that he got traded. I don’t know how much sense that made, but I’m sure Indiana is happy.” #NBAAllStar

James Boyd: Lol I asked LaMelo Ball about Tyrese Haliburton being traded to the #Pacers: “Tyrese, I think he a great player. I feel like he’ll fit in (with the) Pacers well. I think he been doing good, right?” I nodded my head when LaMelo flipped the question back on me. 😂 #NBAAllStar

James Boyd: I asked Monty Williams what was his reaction to Tyrese Haliburton being traded to the #Pacers and what he thinks of Haliburton’s potential: “For Indiana to get a player like Haliburton, that kind of gives you a point guard for the next 10-12 years.” #NBAAllStar

Tyrese Haliburton: A minute or so after that, 90 seconds max, my phone lights up. I look down at the screen and it says Monte. It’s our GM, Monte McNair. And I’m not gonna lie: When I saw that name pop up on my phone, my heart sank. I knew it was over right then. It was a quick conversation. Pretty straightforward. “Hey man, I just wanted to let you know that we made a trade, and we’re going to be sending you to Indiana. I wish you the best.” There were maybe a couple more words after that. We both said thank you. Then I hung up, set my phone down, and started crying my eyes out.

Tyrese Haliburton: Thirty minutes — that’s all it took. Last week, in the span of a half hour, I went from feeling like I’d be in Sacramento for the next decade … to experiencing the biggest surprise of my entire life. It all started at 10 in the morning on Tuesday, two days before the trade deadline. When my agent called, I was just finishing up breakfast at my house, and the first thing I thought was that maybe he was calling to give me the inside scoop on some players our team was looking into getting. Nah. “Hey man, I just wanted to get in touch because I think you might be getting traded.”

Tyrese Haliburton: I honestly thought he was joking. It was like, Come on now. They’re not trading me. Get out of here. But two seconds later, when it became clear that, actually, he wasn’t joking … I mean, I know this might sound like I’m being dramatic, but you know when you get the news that something bad has happened to a family member or a close friend? And it feels like for a few seconds your heart almost stops? Like there’s just a hollow feeling all through your body? That’s kind of what it was like.

Tyrese Haliburton: After hanging up, I walked into the bathroom and just sat on the counter by the sink in silence. A few minutes later, my girlfriend came in and asked me what was up. When I told her there was a chance I might get traded, at first she didn’t believe me. Once she could tell I was serious, though, she started to get a little worried. So I was like, “Let’s just wait and see what happens in a few days. No big deal. This is fine.” Next thing I know, not even five minutes later, my phone rings. It’s my agent again. “Indiana,” he says. “It’s looking like Indiana.” “What?????” “I’ll keep you posted.”

Tyrese Haliburton: 'I really, really, really was all in on Sacramento'

Tyrese Haliburton: I really, really, really was all in on Sacramento. And I wasn’t shy about it. I would tell people, straight up, “I want to be that next C-Webb for this city.” That was my whole mindset. I wanted to become one of those players who got drafted somewhere and built a legacy — on and off the court. I wanted to become someone the people of Sacramento knew was in their corner.

James Boyd: I asked Buddy Hield, who’s been traded before, how he’s helping Tyrese Haliburton through that process: “Just use this as motivation. You got traded for an All-Star player like (Domantas) Sabonis. Them two was the headline (players).” #Pacers

Kings getting poor reviews for Tyrese Haliburton trade

In the initial aftermath, I haven’t spoken to one observing team that likes this move for the Kings, especially given how well-known Haliburton was for wanting to be the guy to try to lead this franchise out of the doldrums. Desperate to prevent a league-record 16th consecutive season out of the playoffs, Sacramento still has at least two players (Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III) who should have been dealt by now and remain eager to escape. Stay tuned, Kings diehards. If you dare.

Kings not interested in swapping De'Aaron Fox for Domantas Sabonis

Sabonis is one of the more interesting names that may find a new home before the NBA trade deadline comes and goes. He’s an All-Star and one of the best passing bigs in the game. According to a league source, Fox is not on the table in a swap for the big, as reported on Wednesday. Neither is Tyrese Haliburton. Can the Kings still land the 25-year-old big man? Maybe, but it would have to be for some package of picks and players and the price is likely going to be high.

Tyrese Haliburton not concerned about trade rumors

A report from The Athletic’s Sam Amick shut down most of the chatter regarding Haliburton’s availability, and in the latest episode of The Old Man and the Three, the 21-year-old addressed the situation directly with hosts JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. “I kind of just laugh about it,” Haliburton said when asked about the rumors. “I don’t really think it’s that realistic. I don’t see it happening.”

Kings unlikely to part with De'Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton for Ben Simmons

The 76ers were widely believed to be holding out for a chance to acquire Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers, but Lillard recently said he isn’t leaving Portland, “not right now at least.” As for Sacramento, sources have suggested the 76ers would only be willing to consider an offer that includes De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton. The Kings are unlikely to part with either player, but they can offer Buddy Hield, a prolific 3-point shooter who would space the floor for Joel Embiid; Marvin Bagley III, a former No. 2 pick who has yet to reach his potential; and other assets, including multiple first-round draft picks.
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