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14. Travis Outlaw
Travis Outlaw is one of the rare guys in that not only should he not be emphasized, but he also figures to have some of the lowest playing time and production on the team. Outlaw was actually better in 2012-13 than he'd been in the previous three seasons. Yet that still wasn't very good.
His shooting stroke has left him (37.7 field-goal percent and 29.3 three-point percent since 2010-11). Outlaw also doesn't provide much on defense (112 defensive rating from 2010-11 through 2012-13).
And at 28 years old, the small forward doesn't figure much into future plans. Therefore, the Kings shouldn't expect much out of him, nor should they plan anything around him.
13. Chuck Hayes
At this point, what the Kings get out of Chuck Hayes is more likely not to show up in the box scores: leadership. Despite his shortcomings on the court, the center is the consummate professional. However, at this point, the 30-year-old shouldn't be seen as much more than a stopgap backup until his contract expires following 2014-15.
As the only true backup center to DeMarcus Cousins, Hayes figures to get more playing time than some players ahead of him on the list. He can also still provide interior defense and solid passing ability.
Yet the roughly $12 million he's owed over the next two years far outweighs any value he brings to the organization—on the court or off it. And it's not like there's any real upside that comes along with him.
12. Jimmer Fredette
Jimmer Fredette is probably a better player than given credit for. He's obviously an excellent marksman (.384 career three-point percentage; .417 three-point percentage in 2012-13), and he made strides in his all-around game from Year 1 to Year 2.
On another team, the point guard would be more of a point of emphasis as a spark plug capable of coming in and lighting it up from long range. And he could still provide that for the Kings in 2013-14.
The problem is that Fredette doesn't really figure into long-term plans. At 6'2", 195 pounds he doesn't have the size for the 2, yet he doesn't have the skill set to be an effective 1.
The guard also doesn't provide much, if anything, on defense. Entering the last guaranteed year of his rookie contract, the 24-year-old should have a long future in the NBA as a capable shooter.
But that outlook is unlikely to come to fruition with Sacramento. For that reason, the Kings shouldn't go out of their way to highlight Fredette.
11. John Salmons
Like Chuck Hayes, John Salmons should get more run and put up more production than the 11th-ranked player on the Kings. After all, the 33-year-old is likely to be the backup small forward, and he could even garner some time as a starter, depending on how Luc Mbah a Moute performs.
But barring something extremely unlikely—like hell freezing over and pigs flying at the exact same time—this is Salmons' last year in Sacramento. His $7.58 million contract grossly overvalues him, and his $7 million option in 2014-15 isn't guaranteed. The Kings will cut ties, meaning this season is the only one worth considering.
While Salmons can provide something as a veteran and a backup, his best days are clearly behind him. And since the Kings are hoping their best days are ahead of them, executing anything around the small forward is simply illogical.