The Rockets were just eliminated tonight so my interest in playoff basketball is waning. The Warriors remain my only rooting interest, and most of my feelings regarding the remaining teams center around dislike [as in I dislike OKC, the Spurs, anyone in the East, etc.]. Seeing a litany of former Kings on OKC and the Rockets respectively, I began to think of the Kings... as well, it looks like we have a team and all. Then I got sad. Very very sad.
I perused the free agents for next year like I always do, and the list is actually extensive. So large in fact, I cannot remember there being such a large amount of players available. Sixteen teams have 5 or more UNRESTRICTED free agents. SIXTEEN. Seven teams have 7 or more unrestricted free agents. That is quite a bit of turnover. The real bad news is this. Our guys have ONE. Yes, good 'ol Cole Aldrich is our lone unrestricted free agent.
Speaking of free agency, Sac's number one concern has to be what to do with Tyreke. I like him, but what is he worth? Then I went to look at the Kings' salary cap information. Bad idea. Good lord has Geoff Petrie put us in an impossible hole. I have been one of the biggest In Petrie We Trust fellas, but DAMN. We have $40MM committed for next year WITHOUT Tyreke even accounted for. Yuck!!!!! Seriously folks, we have just about enough room to sign Tyreke, if we so choose, and then maybe [MAYBE] sign one more midlevel contract and that's it. Screw that! Yet here we are.
I cannot reiterate enough how bad our team is. We have $21MM tied up in Marcus Thornton, The Fish, and Chuck Hayes for next year. Roughly half of the cap for 2015-16 is already accounted for. Even with new owners who will spend money to put a quality product on the floor, it is going to take until 2014-15 and really until 2015-16 before enough salary comes off of the books to actually have some real maneuverability. All of that is IF the current front office doesn't leave us with a parting gift with the tag reading "To: Sac F.U. Love: The Maloofs."
I feel like our team is like an expansion team. In my mind, this team was gone. Now were back baby! Do we really have to take THIS roster? I know in my heart I don't mean it, but I almost wish we could just release EVERYONE and start from scratch. I feel no connection at all to our "Stars" as DeMarcus constantly whines, pouts, and babies himself out of my affections. I like Reke, but how to utilize him is a mystery. Kieth Smart is going to be our coach forever, so I can't even hope for a scheme change.
Sorry for being pretty negative, but let's face it... we REALLY suck. That being said, my posse's down on K street and not in the 206. So what do we do? Sign Tyreke? For how much? Do we let the market decide? What about DMC? Is he in our future or should we just trade him for whatever we can get? If we let Reke walk, what's the contingency? I got nothing, so I'm relying on you fine people to help me out. I know you won't let me down.