The Sacramento Kings are coming off another disappointing season where they failed to make the playoffs. This year was a make or break year in terms of deciding to build around Demarcus Cousins. With the new CBA allowing small market teams to offer lucrative extensions to their stars, Cousins was eligible for a 200+ million dollar deal in the summer of 2017. With that looming, the Kings decided to deal Cousins during the all star game (trade deadline has now been moved up). He was dealt to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, the 10th pick, and the 34th pick. This deal allowed Willie Cauley Stien and Skal Labissiere show their worth in actual minutes. Post trade Buddy's numbers improved and he's now a key building block for the future. The Kings added to their young roster by drafting 4 rookies in De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles, and Frank Mason (also signed Bogdon Bogdonovic). Top pick De'Aaron Fox has all star potential and is a PG they can build around, Jackson provides shooting/depth at the wing, Giles is a high risk/upside player, and Mason brings toughness/depth at the PG position. Once free agency hit, they surprised everyone when they signed PG George Hill, PF Zach Randolph, and SG/SF Vince Carter. They won't really move the needle in terms of wins, but they are great veterans who will help mentor the youth (along with Temple and Kosta). Overall the Kings finally made the decision to move on from Cousins and embrace the rebuild. They've made smart decisions of late and seem to have a bright future.
Estimated Cap Space
Darren Collison PG, Rudy Gay SF, Ben Mclemore SG, Anthony Tolliver PF, Aaron Afflalo SF, Tyreke Evans SG, Ty Lawson PG
Langston Galloway PG