What?!?!? Sacramento actually had a good offseason?
Starting with the draft. De’Aaron Fox was one of the most dynamic guards in all of the NCAA a year ago. His open space speed rivals that John Wall’s and his ability to score the ball makes his nearly unstoppable when he gets it going. Along with Fox, Sacramento drafted UNC’s Justin Jackson, Frank Mason III and Harry Giles. Before his lone year at Duke, Giles was seen as the best player in the nation. He is a 6’10 big with beautiful footwork and a smooth stroke. Giles was the number one overall player going into the season before reinjuring his knee. He does have a history of lower body injures, which is why he fell to the second round. But if Giles gets to 100 percent and gains confidence in his knee, the Kings could have two cornerstones in Giles and Fox along with a solid role player in Jackson.
Trading DeMarcus Cousins for Buddy Hield and a bag of sunflower seeds was arguably one of the worst trades in NBA history. Cousins is one of, if not the best center in basketball and could have attracted more than what the Kings got for him. While there is no justifying how bad this trade was, Sacramento does have good pieces in Willie Cauley-Stein Skal Labissiere, Kosta Koufos, and Georgios Papagiannis.
One good/bad move the Kings made was signing both Vince Carter and Zach Randolph from Memphis. No, they aren’t in their primes, but their veteran leadership will help guide this young core. The terrible part about this is just how much money you gave the two vets. Randolph got 24 million for two years and Carter is eating up eight million for one year. This money could have been used to attract a star player in free agency, but that’s not what happened.
The Kings don’t have enough to make any noise this year. They have a lot of youth and need a lot of time to develop. But if this offseason is a sign of things to come, Sacramento might have a bright future.