Throughout their history, the Sacramento Kings have acquired most of their marquee players either through trades or the draft. However, the team has also made a few splashes in free agency over the years.
The franchise's most successful signings have come in all forms. Some may have signed big-money deals that ended up panning out; others have been nabbed for relatively small deals that they ended up outperforming.
In compiling this list, I tried to weigh a few different factors. I looked into whether or not the Kings got bang for their buck. I did this by cross referencing how much money a player was paid by the team against how many win shares were produced. I even made a small equation, dividing the total win shares by the total sum of money (in terms of millions) earned.
However, I also contemplated the overall value a player brought to the team. So in some cases, other players may have had better outputs compared to the money spent, but their overall effect on the team was much smaller.
It shouldn't have to be emphasized, but I'll make the point anyway: Only players acquired through free agency were considered. That crosses off most of the franchise's best players, including Chris Webber, Mitch Richmond, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, among others.
Finally, only players during the Sacramento era were included. Anybody that signed before the team moved to Sacramento doesn't count.
With that, let's get to the best free-agent signings in Sacramento Kings history.
All stats and salary data used come via Basketball-Reference.