This has been one of the most anticipated Kings season in about a decade for most fans, and the discussions around here have been heated as ever. So many opinions and arguments on what should be done, who should play, and what roster moves will be pursued by the new management. The answer is complex and requires a bit of patience from all.
The new ownership group has one goal, to build a successful and wining NBA franchise. There are two options in play, to build from free agency or via the draft. The free agency rout seems like a bit of a stretch. They attempted to sign a 2nd tear talent and not a superstar, in Andre Iguodala, vastly over paying to overcome the small market obstacle, only to be used as a bargaining chip in his negotiations with the Warriors. This problem is real and nearly impossible to over come unless a winning culture is installed and a roster is overhauled. Which leaves the Kings one real and attainable option, adding major talent through possibly one of the deepest drafts in NBA history.
The best way to insure this is to be bad and to have multiple first round picks that can infuse the roster for the next era Kings. Well we are already bad, so that's a check. Don't let the back to back wins against the Bledsoe-less suns fool you. The next issue to address is gaining an additional first round pick. The new ownership will shop anyone trade able that is not named Demarcus Cousins or Ben Maclemore, which will only further assure that they will be bad enough for a top 3 pick.
The kings have had miserable luck when it comes to the lottery but things are going to finally change. No longer are the days of the Maloofs, this is a new era! The NBA is drooling all over India and Vivek is the in they've been waiting for. This was the main reason Vivek was chosen by the NBA to lead the Sacramento group. Next, the NBA "assigned" Chris Granger, its Executive Vice President of Team Marketing & Business Operations for the past decade to manage the whole marketing operation in India for the kings. An obvious sign of how vested the NBA is with the kings due to the ambition of a global game and global profits. At the end of the day, the NBA is a corporation and money is king. The best way to market the brand internationally is to have one of the youngest stars headline the campaign. Enter Andrew Wiggins or Jabri Parker.
Building through this draft is the only reasonable, economical and time effective option to achieve both Vivek's and the NBA's goals. Its inevitable and quite frankly couldn't happen at a better time with the looming monster draft of 2014. Be patient Kings fans. Our time in the sun in coming.