"O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on't! ah fie! 't'tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature possess it merely. That it should come to this!" - Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2, 129-137
A lot of the STR faithful had to chuckle when Ailene Voisin wrote in the Sac Bee on Wednesday that the Kings front office didn't regard Dorell Wright as "enough of an upgrade." After last year's off-season in which the promised "big splash" from the Maloofs came in the form of 6'6" center that had averaged under 20 MPG over his career, the team will have to forgive our collective skepticism. Barring some Act of God, it seems as though we are in for another year of watching the franchise sit idly because of either incompetence, a lack of cell-phone cover revenue, or both.
A trade for a legit starting small forward would be lovely. Andre Iguodala is reportedly on the trading block and one could make a good argument for Indiana to move Danny Granger. These are the kind of dream scenarios our community feels compelled to discuss because the Kings' apparent fallback position - resigning Terrence Williams - appears to be just another bandage over a wound that has festered and decayed ever since
Peja Artest left.
There are still alternatives to Terrence Williams as well. As has been noted, the Kings already met their minimum payroll obligations, under the new CBA, for the 2012-13 season. They could do nothing and go into the season intending to use some combination of Evans/Salmons/Garcia/Outlaw/Honeycutt at the three. Of course, most would acknowledge that only two of those players (Outlaw and Honeycutt) actually belong at the position. And even if T-Will were resigned, he would be better fitted for the 2.
What of the remaining free agents? Nic Batum could likely be in Minnesota next season. Gerald Green has signed with Indiana. Danny Green returned to San Antonio. Kirilenko is apparently staying in Russia. And Gerald Wallace, Michael Beasley, and Jeff Green are all off the market. What remains? Grant Hill? Haha. Other than T-Will (who has reportedly received interested from Detroit), the best remaining include:
At this point Williams appears to be the best "band-aid" for the job. He's a better passer and rebounder than Miles or Rush and he has already stated an interest in returning and playing in Sacramento. Further, Cousins went out of his way this week to express his hope that Williams returns.
But Rush is the better perimeter shooter and you'd be taking someone away that the Warriors are supposedly hoping to resign. Miles has the most experience, has played on winning teams, is actually the youngest of three, and may be a bit taller than either Rush (6'6.5") or Williams (6'6.25"). Still Williams should also come cheaper than either Rush or Miles.
Of course, I just spent over 500 words above discussing a player that probably won't make any difference in whether the Kings return to the playoffs anytime soon. That still depends predominantly on Evans, Cousins and now, Robinson. But it sure would be nice to add a true veteran difference-maker on the perimeter. Someone Petrie (ridiculously) hoped he had acquired last year in the form of John Salmons or Travis Outlaw. Maybe both of those guys have bounce-back years, they certainly can't be much worse.