Team Preview: Sacramento Kings
Next up on the list is Sacramento Kings. The Kings unfortunately were talked about for reasons other than their play. The Kings season was highlighted by the talks of whether or not the team would be relocated or not. However, the issue was solved and the team will remain in Sacramento. Under new ownership, the Kings organization is ready to get back to Sacramento Kings basketball!
The team made a lot of moves this season, so let’s takes a look at all the moves they made this offseason:
Ben McLemore (Draft)
Coach, Keith Smart
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
GM, Geoff Petrie and ownership
New GM, Pete D’Alessandro led by new ownership led by Vivek Ranadive
The Sacramento Kings a much better team than they were at the end of the last season. They added Greivis Vazquez to replace Tyreke Evans, which is an upgrade. They signed Vazquez to a two-year deal that has the point guard making a little over $2 million. They also added Ben McLemore through the draft this season. The Kings drafted him with the seventh overall pick and are expecting big things from him.
Under new ownership and coaching staff, the Kings are looking to make some splashes and show how good this team can be. They got a start on that this offseason, and really didn’t spend much money on doing so. Let’s take a look at the Kings salary cap up until the 2017-2018 season:
Luc Mbah a Moute
Aaron Brooks – X
Brandon Heath – X
The Kings, who only have invested $60 million into their players this season will have a $12 million cap hit on the following year with the DeMarcus Cousins extension. The Kings still have some room to make some moves to make the team better, but what they have now is a great start.
I really liked what the Kings did this offseason. They finally resolved the relocation issue, and got back to focusing on basketball. New ownership brought in good, solid players, and have made a good impression thus far. However, I don’t see them making the playoffs this year. They certainly have got a great start, and I do believe something special is in the works in Sacramento. Nevertheless, Sacramento will be a fun team to watch this season with all the players they have brought in.
(Salary table courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com)
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