Source: Sacramento Kings acquire sharpshooter Kevin Huerter in trade with Atlanta Hawks

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The Kings made yet another move to address their need for shooting Friday, acquiring Kevin Huerter in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Kings traded Maurice Harkless, Justin Holiday and a protected future first-round draft pick to the Hawks in exchange for Huerter, league sources told The Sacramento Bee, confirming a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The outgoing pick is top-14 protected in 2024, top-12 protected in 2025 and top-10 protected in 2026, sources said. If it does not convey by 2026, the Hawks will instead receive Sacramento’s second-round picks in 2026 and 2027.

Huerter is a 6-foot-7, 198-pound shooting guard who came out of Maryland as the No. 19 pick in the 2018 NBA draft. He is entering the first year of a four-year, $65 million contract after signing an extension with the Hawks in October. He started 216 of 274 games over four seasons with the Hawks.

Huerter averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists for Atlanta last season. He shot 45.4% from the field and 38.9% from 3-point range. He has made 563 3-pointers over his first four NBA seasons.

Harkless, 29, is a 10-year NBA veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Kings. He averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game last season.

Holiday, 33, came to Sacramento along with Domantas Sabonis in the February trade that sent Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson to the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 8.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 games for the Kings.

The Kings acquired Huerter a day after signing free-agent Malik Monk, a 24-year-old shooting guard who averaged career highs of 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 39.1% from 3-point range with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.

Kings general manager Monte McNair identified shooting as one of the team’s biggest needs after the Kings finished 24th in the NBA in 3-point shooting (.344) last season. Sacramento has taken steps to address that need, first with the selection of rookie forward Keegan Murray, the No. 4 pick in last week’s NBA draft, and now with the acquisitions of Monk and Huerter.

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