Why Tyrese Haliburton is being moved back to Kings’ bench for now

Change is in the air. 

According to a league source, the Sacramento Kings intend to shake up their starting lineup Thursday night against the Detroit Pistons and the move is unlikely to go over all that well with the fanbase.

Tyrese Haliburton is moving back to the second unit for the short-term and head coach Luke Walton is turning to veteran forward Moe Harkless to give his opening group more size.

According to a league source, the move is not considered permanent and Haliburton is the team’s long-term starter at the shooting guard spot. But the bench unit is struggling and they tend to play better with Haliburton working as the primary ball handler and glue guy. The rookie will also get a few more scoring opportunities playing opposite of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes for stretches. 

Haliburton has started 12 consecutive games and the team is 7-5 over that stretch. But with the team mired in a four game losing streak and opponents with considerable size at the forward positions coming up over the next few games, the move was made during practice on Wednesday.

The plan is for Haliburton to play the same amount of minutes that he usually does for the Kings. He’ll likely come into the game around the six minute mark of the first quarter and bridge the gap between the starters and the second unit.

On the season, Haliburton is averaging 13.1 points, 5.1 assists and 1.2…

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