Out with the old, in with the new. It's a brand new era. Would you like another cliche?
But seriously, now that the Maloofs and their hatred for all things Sacramento are gone, Sacramento Kings fans have good reason to believe the future is bright. Geoff Petrie, the old general manager, is gone and the Kings' new ownership group, which includes Vivek Ranadive, seems to want to help this franchise succeed.
Mike Malone has been brought in from the Golden State Warriors to be the new head coach after Keith Smart was not brought back. Starting with the upcoming NBA draft, the franchise would do well to start from scratch.
New owners need to make a splash. Show the fans your intentions. Be committed to building a respectable team. Give Sacramento a team it can cheer for again.
They can start that splash by trading away DeMarcus Cousins. Even though there aren't many teams out there who are willing to take him because of his issues with "structure," there are still teams like the Charlotte Bobcats who are willing to trade. Per Sam Amico:
Despite reports & rumors, Cavs have zero interest in Kings C DeMarcus Cousins, source says. Bobcats do, but Kings' priority is to keep him.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 1, 2013
Would trading Cousins for the fourth pick in the draft be such a terrible choice? Perhaps in this draft. But something big should be done.
If the team decides to keep the seventh-overall pick, here are three possible choices. The Kings, at this point, need to take the best player available as they need talent.
Anthony Bennett from UNLV would be an intriguing choice with the seventh pick. While he's a little undersized, according to DraftExpress, he's still a relatively big and bulky player at 6'7" and 239 pounds.
His offensive game seems to be good enough to make an impact in the NBA, and it was impressive how developed it was during his freshman season. He can play inside and outside.
However, it doesn't appear as if playing traditional back-to-the-basket post play is his cup of tea. But that doesn't matter a whole lot as that's something that can and will be learned.
What is a little unnerving is his lack of a motor and technique on the defensive side of the ball. The Kings have plenty of guys who can put the ball through the hoop but don't play great defense. Does Sacramento really need another player with that same mindset?
But that was in college. If he's drafted by Sacramento, let's judge him on what he'd do with the team. That's if he falls that far, however.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo will not fall all the way to No. 7 in the draft. But the Sacramento Kings could sure use a guy like him.
That's why they should find a way to trade into the top five of the draft. Whether it be trading DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans or a future pick, the Kings need to get this guy.
His hard-nosed, defensively dominant style of play is exactly what has been missing from Sacramento these past few years.
Oladipo seems like the guy every good team has, and Sacramento wouldn't be doing itself an injustice by trying to get him. After all, you can't do wrong drafting a strong defensive player with a high motor.
He just needs to improve his offensive game to be a real threat. Judging by what he's done last season, that shouldn't be a problem.
But, as mentioned earlier, try to work out a trade with Charlotte for the fourth pick. Oladipo would be available then.
Let's be honest, drafting Germany's Dennis Schroeder at No. 7 would be a definite reach.
When you have a guy who is being compared to Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, it wouldn't be the worst idea in the world to take him early and see what he can do. After all, he can't be as bad as Kwame Brown or Adam Morrison, right?
The reason Schroeder is being compared to Rondo is because of his long arms. He's 6'2" and 168 pounds but has a 6'7" wingspan. That translates well to the defensive end of the floor. He may be a bit small, but he's pesky.
He's also shown he can play the point guard position. He can shoot from distance, has good court vision and has a very quick first step.
Drafting the German would be a risk, as he'd be a project. But sometimes you have to take a risk.