• Russell Schmidt

Offseason Preview: Sacramento Kings


Sacramento Kings (33-49)

*Photo via Boston.com

Recap:

The Kings continue to be one of the most puzzling franchises in all of sports. Dave Joerger is coming over from the Memphis Grizzlies to be the team’s 9th head coach since Rick Adelman’s departure in 2006 following the firing of last seasons head coach George Karl. Despite finishing just 33-49, last season was somehow Sacramento’s most successful campaign since 2007-2008. The one positive for the Kings is DeMarcus Cousins had another strong season as he continues his ascent to becoming the top center in the NBA. Heading into this years draft the Kings had the 8th pick. The last thing they needed is a center considering they already have an All-star center in Cousins, a promising young talent in Willie Cauley-Stein (#6 selection in the 2015 draft) and a solid veteran center in Kosta Koufos. In spite of this, the Kings traded the 8th pick for the rights to shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and the 13th and 28th picks in the draft. With these two picks the Kings inexplicably selected not one, but two more centers! People love to make fun of the 76ers for employing a team of only big men, but the Kings may even be worse in this regard.

Free Agents:

Restricted:

  • Seth Curry

Unrestricted:

  • Rajon Rondo

  • Quincy Acy

Who Leaves,Who Stays:

*Photo via NBA.com

Curry looks like he wants to leave after declining Sacramento’s last attempt at re-signing him, but since he is restricted the Kings will be able to keep him if they are willing to pay the price. With the addition of two more big men in the draft Quincy Acy will almost definitely be playing elsewhere. The Kings should try to resign Rondo considering the lack of free agent point guards and the off the court issues with fellow point guard Darren Collison. While the Kings should try to retain Rondo, it remains unclear if the former Celtics point guard wants to stay.

Team Needs:

Everything other than center

Possible Targets:

*Photo via USA Today

  • Dion Waiters

  • Jeremy Lin

  • Courtney Lee

  • JR Smith

  • Raymond Felton

  • Lance Stephenson

  • Greivis Vasquez

  • OJ Mayo

  • Jerryd Bayless

  • Brandon Jennings

  • Eric Gordon

  • Allen Crabbe

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