The "nuclear winter" that commissioner David Stern thought was on the horizon seemed to be a false apparition. Instead of a bleak and bitter boxing match in court, the two sides of the NBA finally came together on Nov. 26 to save face and the season.
The Kings, like many teams, have plenty of work ahead and little time to do so.
Free agency begins the same day training camp opens, Dec. 9, which is just over two weeks before their first game of the season against the Sixers on Dec. 26 (if the schedule isn't changed): not a lot of time for new acquisitions to get acclimated to say the least.
With how the roster stands currently, the Kings are looking to change the tides that have seen five straight losing seasons.
While the Kings have plenty of cap room to play with, the likelihood they use much or any of it is minimal. Outside of a few low salaire pickups to fill spots, the Kings roster is probably very close to what it will look like on opening night.
While the pieces are predominantly the same, there is reason to believe this season might have a different outcome.