With the NBA Finals now over, free agency is right around the corner. That alone should provide some optimism for all teams, as they’ll have a chance to upgrade their squads.
This is also true for the Sacramento Kings, who are trying to start off their new regime with a bang.
However, it’s not just about adding players through free agency—it’s about adding the right players. Adding another variable to the equation is Sacramento’s cap situation, which isn’t exactly perfect.
The Kings will be anywhere from $5 million to $18 million under the cap, depending on whether they tender qualifying offers to their free agents. Sacramento also has two mid-level exceptions—the $2.5 million and the $5 million variety, plus veteran’s minimum contracts—but those options are dependent on the team’s cap situation entering free agency.
Regardless of exactly how much space they have to work with, this much is clear: The Kings need to improve their team by making some cost-effective moves.
Luckily for Sacramento, there are plenty of players out on the market who could fit that mold.