Marvin Bagley booed by Kings fans in Pistons center’s return to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Kings fans let Marvin Bagley III hear it upon his return to Golden 1 Center.

A rowdy crowd in Sacramento booed Bagley when he was announced as one of the Detroit Pistons’ starters on Sunday afternoon.

Domantas Sabonis drew a foul on Bagley on the Kings’ first offensive possession, which was met by rousing jeers. Fans also booed the center when he touched the basketball in the early minutes of the game.

But midway through the game’s first quarter, Bagley exited with an apparent injury.

Bagley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, played 148 games over three-and-a-half seasons with Sacramento. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.3 per game over his Kings tenure and was named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie first team.

However, Bagley and the Kings didn’t end up being a suitable match for either side. His father tweeted at the team to trade the young center in January 2021.

One year later, the Kings dealt Bagley to Detroit as part of a four-team deal that saw Sacramento acquire Donte DiVincenzo at last year’s trade deadline.

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Bagley has registered 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in four games with Detroit this season.

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