With the NBA playoffs continuously plodding along, free agency will soon be upon us. That means teams that didn’t make postseason play, like the Sacramento Kings, should be using this time to evaluate the free-agent market. This way, when free agency starts, they’ll already be ahead of the game.
Sacramento is one of those teams that could clearly upgrade its squad this summer. However, it will also come down to some prudent decisions that help the franchise in the short term but don’t limit its options in the long term. After all, minus something drastic and unforeseen happening, the Kings won’t have a squad capable of qualifying for the playoffs next season. Therefore, they don’t want to hinder their chances in future years.
Making the situation even murkier for Sacramento is its lack of cap space. What exactly can be accomplished is unknown, but the Kings can look at themselves as a cautionary tale of what happens when your decisions don’t pan out.
So while the team needs to add players, it also needs to make sure it’s adding the right players...and to the right contracts.
(Note: When compiling this list, I considered a couple of different factors. First off, I considered the Kings’ cap situation and juxtaposed it with how much money a player figures to command on the open market. So you won’t find max players like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul on this list. To a smaller degree, I also weighed a player's wishes. For example, Sacramento might be able to afford established veterans like Chauncey Billups, Antawn Jamison or Chris Andersen based on the contracts they most recently signed, but those players will want to play for a team that gives them a chance to win a title.)
All contract info and free-agency status comes via Hoopsworld.com.