NBA Sacramento Kings: 5 Players They Will Target
The Sacramento Kings have many needs and a lot of cap room to work with. They have ownership that has said they intend to make good use of that space and will look to upgrade the roster.
There are many players who are currently free agents or many soon become available do to the new amnesty rule. The Kings will be looking at these areas in particular to make a big move or two.
Which players might end up playing in Sacramento?
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The biggest target the Kings may push for is Denver Nuggets center Nene. Nene is in high demand and is considered by most to be the best free agent available.
With the options Nene figures to have, it may be hard to convince him to come to a doormat like the Kings. That said, money talks, and if that is what he wants, the Kings will likely have the most money available to throw at him.
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Tyson Chandler is likely to re-sign with the Mavs. If he doesn't, a team like Sacramento could swoop in with a big check and steal him away.
Pairing Chandler with Demarcus Cousins would give the Kings one of the most physically powerful front lines in the league and provide a defensive back line to support the team's wealth of perimeter scorers.
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Marc Gasol is another center who is currently available. Memphis would love to bring him back, but with the massive amounts of money they have tied up in players like Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Zac Randolph they may have to let Gasol go.
If they do, the Kings could make a splash to steal this big man away. While not the defensive anchor Tyson Chandler would be, Gasol would still bring toughness and size inside. What's more, he has the most polished offensive game of any big man available, which (historically) is the kind of big man the Kings often covet.
Of the big men on the market, Gasol is likely the best fit for he Kings, and they have the money to make this happen.
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Rashard Lewis is a player who will almost certainly find himself as a free agent due to the new amnesty rule. Once he is on the market, it is unclear which teams might go after him. He would be a good fit on the Kings.
Last year, the team had some of the worst outside shooting in the league. Drafting Jimmer Fredette should help that, but more proven shooters are needed and Lewis could fill that void. The team currently has a glut of average small forwards on the roster and Lewis would serve as a major upgrade in this area.
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Kirk Hinrich is another player who could soon become available due to the amnesty clause. The Atlanta Hawks appear to be happy with the play of Jeff Teague at point guard and could look to rid themselves of Hinrich's salary.
Hinrich also addresses the Kings' perimeter shooting woes. The Kings have no true point guard on the roster and could look to find themselves a veteran to run the team in Hinrich.