As the season comes to end, the Sacramento Kings will once again be at home watching the playoffs instead of playing in the playoffs.
How can that change as far as making player roster moves?
The first step is acquiring a solid shooting guard. I will break down the most realistic options the Kings will have during the summer.
1: Evan Fournier
The 23-year-old from the Orlando Magic should be at the top of the Kings’ wish list. He is averaging 14.8 points per game, while shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. His basketball IQ is high and moves well without the ball. He can also handle the rock when needed.
This kind of sounds like the skill set you thought you were getting when you brought in Marco Belinelli but the big difference is that Fournier is a lot younger and would be very expandable if it didn’t work out in Sacramento. The only issue I see with inquiring for Fournier is that he is a restricted free agent. That means the Magic will be able to match any offer from the Kings. At this stage of his career, any good offer should be matched by the Magic unless it’s a mind-blowing offer the Kings would make. But you never know with the Kings.
2: Allen Crabbe
Another restricted free agent the Kings should really consider making a run at. Crabbe is having a very solid year and is in the running for the Sixth man of the Year Award. That usually happens when your team is a playoff contender. The California product is very versatile and has shown signs of being a very good defender. Again, the Trail Blazers will have the rights to match any offer.
3: Jordan Clarkson
This kid can ball and the Lakers know that. He can play both guard positions very well but will give better production as the shooting guard. He is averaging 15.5 points per game on a bad team but you can’t deny his talent. If the Kings don’t make a run at him, there will be plenty of teams that will go after him. He is also a restricted free agent.
4: Arron Afflalo
His name has been linked before to the Kings but nothing has come to fruition. This summer might be different, especially if Afflalo decides to decline his player option, which I see him doing because of the salary cap skyrocketing up. The Kings are in desperate need of a solid veteran defensive player and Afflalo fits that description. The Kings can offer money, a new arena and….. wait, that’s about it. He is currently averaging 13.7 points per game, while shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.
5: Kent Bazemore
A very athletic swing man that can defend the best point guard, shooting guard and small forward on the other team every single night. He can also contribute on the offensive end. He is averaging 11.8 points per game this season and 5.1 rebounds per game. With a little more consistency from beyond the arc, you could make the case for Bazemore of being a younger more athletic version of Afflalo. At 26 years old, he has the potential to be a little bit better than Afflalo in my opinion. But only time will tell. Bazemore is an unrestricted free agent, which is a good thing for the Kings.
The shooting guards the Kings would love to have but are unrealistic to join them via free agency are DeMar DeRozan and Bradley Beal. That’s why I didn’t include them in my top-5.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with my list.