Looking At The Kings' Depth Chart As The NBA Draft And Free Agency Approach

April 26, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Jordan Hill (27) during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

As we determine exactly what the Kings' needs are as the top two addition opportunities arrive -- the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28 and the free agency period on July 1 -- it's worth looking at Sacramento's current depth chart and the contract situations.

Point guard: Isaiah Thomas/Jimmer Fredette

Both fella are on rookie deals: Jimmer the standard four-year version for first-round picks, and Isaiah on a three-year deal at the minimum salary. There are no near-term contract concerns here, but having two point guards could necessitate the acquisition of a third.

Shooting guard: Marcus Thornton/Francisco Garcia

Depth at two-guard is complicated by the ability of Tyreke Evans, John Salmons and Jimmer to also play there. Truthfully, Garcia is behind all of them.

Small forward: Tyreke Evans/John Salmons/Travis Outlaw/Tyler Honeycutt

Evans seems as much a placeholder as anything. If the Kings do draft a small forward, the already slim chances that Donté Greene will be kept shrink even more: Outlaw and Honeycutt provide the bench depth there, and Terrence Williams is a more likely returnee.

Power forward: Chuck Hayes/Hassan Whiteside

With Jason Thompson a (restricted) free agent, the power forward depth is limited.

Center: DeMarcus Cousins

And this is how you end up with smallball: three big men signed for next season, two draft picks and some cap space of questionable utility to use.

When you look at the team's assets in this fashion, dropping the number of wings and adding at least one or two more big men seems a priority. Salmons and Garcia can be waived under the amnesty provision, but that opens up more cap space that the Maloofs will have to explain not spending. As mentioned, Greene and Williams are wing free agents -- Greene a more likely smallball power forward candidate, but Williams the brighter prospect. It seems pretty clear that Greene will find a new home unless he decides to sign his qualifying offer; the Kings would like to keep Williams, but that could be reliant on who the team picks in the draft. If it's a big man, that helps concerns up front and could allow you to retain another wing. If it's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Harrison Barnes, using another roster spot on another wing might be problematic.

Of course, the Kings do intend to keep Jason Thompson, probably no matter what. That changes the calculus some: the big man depth problem is not expected to be as alarming as it currently looks. But crazy things happen in free agency, and you can't bet on another team not selling the farm for J.T. The free agent class is relatively weak, and someone could fall in love.

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