As evidenced by our StR Offseason tracker, this has been an incredibly busy and active offseason so far... that is, for everyone but the Kings. The Kings did a nice job snagging Thomas Robinson with the 5th pick in the draft and re-signing Jason Thompson to an affordable deal, but nothing else has really materialized.
Jason Jones recently spoke to Geoff Petrie about the offseason and got this response:
"A lot of the hot money goes out early. There still players out there who are quality players and there's still the possibility for trades are certainly still pretty active. We've had quite a few conversations on different things and I'm hopeful we'll get some things done in the next few days ... We would like to do some prudent things to improve our roster and still give us some flexibility going forward. To still improve ourselves at small forward, improve our shooting and probably get a little more creativity in the backcourt if that was possible and continue to build with a young nucleus. "
To me, this reads that the Kings don't want to take on long-term salary and will likely not be making any big Free Agent signings (not that there are any big contract Free Agents left) or acquiring big contracts without giving big contracts (Salmons/Garcia/Hayes) in return. By my calculations, the Kings have about $5.3 million in cap space. They could either spend that much on a Free Agent, or use that space to acquire a bigger contract in a trade. After the jump, a few of the better remaining options in Free Agency and possible trade acquisitions that could fill Geoff Petrie's criteria of team needs.
(Clicking a player's name will take you to their Basketball-Reference page)
- Leandro Barbosa, 30, SG, Career 39.1% from Three, Career 15.4% Assist Rate
- Matt Barnes, 32, SF
- Marco Belinelli, 26, SG, Career 39.3% from Three
- Aaron Brooks, 27, PG, Career 36.3% from Three, Career 24.5% Assist Rate
- Carlos Delfino, 30, G/F, Career 36.2% from Three
- Randy Foye, 29, G, Career 36.6% from Three, Career 19.5% Assist Rate
- Courtney Lee, 27, SG, Career 38.6% from Three
- O.J. Mayo, 25, G, Career 37.5% from Three, Career 13.9% Assist Rate
- Jodie Meeks, 25, SG, Career 37.1% from Three
- Mickael Pietrus, 30, G/F, Career 35.7% from Three
- Nate Robinson, 28, PG, Career 35.4% from Three, Career 20.7% Assist Rate
- Brandon Rush, 27, G/F, Career 41.3% from Three - Restricted Free Agent
- Martell Webster, 26, SF, Career 37.4% from Three
- Delonte West, 29, G, Career 37.2% from Three, Career 21.1% Assist Rate
- Terrence Williams, 25, SF, Career 21.7% Assist Rate
- Wesley Johnson, SF, 2 years, $9.7 million remaining (Two Thumbs Down)
- Anybody on the Orlando Magic aside from Dwight Howard (Two Thumbs Down)
- Jose Calderon, PG, Career 38.1% from Three, Career 39.5% Assist Rate1 year, $10.6 million remaining (Eh)