Agent calls out Kings for 'mismanagement' of Marvin Bagley

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The agent for Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley is calling out the team for a perceived "mismanagement" of his client.

In a statement released on Excel Sports' Twitter account, Jeff Schwartz said the Kings will not be including the former No. 2 overall pick in their opening night rotation this season despite declining to trade him in recent months.

"Sacramento has informed Marvin Bagley he is not in the opening night rotation, which is completely baffling," Schwartz said in his statement. "It's clear they have no plans for him in the future, and yet, passed on potential deals at last year's deadline and this summer based on 'value.'

"Instead, they chose to bring him back but not play him, a move completely contradictory to their 'value' argument. This is a case study in mismanagement by the Kings organization."

The 22-year-old is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract after he and the Kings did not agree to a contract extension before Monday's deadline. After coming off the bench for the majority of his first two seasons, Bagley started in 42 of his 43 games last season, averaging 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds.

When asked about his role with the team at Kings media day recently, Bagley said he was happy with his situation.

"I'm happy to be here," Bagley told NBC Sports California. "This is where God wants me to be. It's God's will, man. I'm just enjoying it all. At the end of the day, I can't control my name -- what people say -- whether it's the trade rumours or the media, I can't control it. All I can control is how I prepared all summer and how I'm able to lock in and get better.

"That's really all I can control and that's my mindset coming into this season, controlling what I can control and everything else is out of my hands. I'm just thankful, man. I'm thankful to be part of a team, part of the NBA, and like I said, I'm going to give it everything I've got this season and whatever happens happens."

The Kings finished last in the Pacific Divison last season with a 31-41 record and have not made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. They open the season on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

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