By Zach Haines
The Sacramento Kings have been busy so far this offseason. Fresh after the departure of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins via trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Kings have taken several steps in establishing a new identity in this new chaptor of their franchise’s history.
Many people believed the remaining half of the 2016-2017 season without Cousins would spell disaster for the Kings, but they neither progress or regressed. Relatively, they were the same entity with more cap room. This additional space opened the door for the Kings to sign efficient, veteran players along with picking up promising young talent. It’s safe to say that that’s exactly what they’ve done so far.
The Kings had the fifth pick in the draft, allowing then to take the University of Kentucky’s superstar point/shooting guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox is an electric offensive player with defensive promise so long as he works towards it. Additionally, they selected Justin Jackson out of the University of North Carolina. Jackson was an absolute work horse for the Tar Heels in this past March Madness tournament, and was one of the key pieces to them winning the NCAA title.
Moving into free agency, Sacramento has been very active. So far, they have signed veterans George Hill, Zach Randolph, and Vince Carter, and are also targeting free agent center Javale McGee. This would prove to be an eyebrow raising assortment of talent considering the pieces the team still has in players such as Willie Cauley-Stein.
Whether the Kings will be a viable threat to any team in the Western Conference remains to be seen, but on paper this team has improved. They should be very interesting to watch when the season arrives and rolls along.