While everyone is driving themselves insane with draft scenarios, myself included, I provide you with my two cents on free agency. It is clear that the draft is not going to solve all that is wrong with the Kings. I have no idea how active Pete D'Alessandro will be in the trade marker either. My guess is that he will need time to evaluate each of his players individually before he makes any decisions. First, there are the guys who I believe will be back next year:
Arrivals: Draft picks and signings/trades to fill holes.
The new management has the benefit of getting a relatively clean slate of a roster. With that comes ample cap space and a myriad of options. Let's take a closer look at some of the free agents who might be realistic fits in Sacramento.
Point Guards: Nate Robinson.
Krypto-Nate is the only realistic possibility that I see. He has a connection with Isaiah and the two would undoubtedly be great teammates. Robinson will be highly sought after, however. He proved to be more than capable of taking over games while filling in for Derrick Rose. I would welcome his presence and leadership on the Kings. He did play in the Bay Area just a couple of years ago and he's from the West Coast. The Kings have the cap space to lure him here too.
Other options such as Jose Calderon are just too pricey for what they provide. The Kings don't want to get into bad contracts while they are trying to rebuild this roster.
Shooting Guards: Tyreke Evans.
Aminu is the ultimate bargain in my opinion. He is young, productive, coachable and cheap. What is not to like? He doesn't have 3-point range but that isn't a huge issue. He plays solid defense and rebounds pretty damn well for a small forward (7.7 per game). Budinger is another young player who I am fond of. He, like Aminu, has bounced around a bit since coming into the league. He adds a little bit of 3-point shooting (32 percent last season). There is no question that this team needs more shooting and I think Chase can provide that. C.J. Miles is another undervalued SF who I think would be a nice addition. I had the privilege of watching many Cavs games on t.v. last year and Miles was impressive for stretches. He had nights where he would pour in upwards of 20 points with 4 to 5 threes. Now, he didn't do that on a consistent basis but he does have that shooting ability (38% from downtown last season). This isn't a sexy crop of SF's, but rather the realistic "bargain bin", so to speak. Guys like Andre Igoudala and Paul Pierce most likely aren't coming to Sactown.
Millsap is definitely the sexiest of the bunch. Again, guys like Josh Smith and David West are probably not coming to Sacramento. Clark was solid while filling in for injured players this past season in L.A. Blatche had decent numbers a couple of years ago as a member of the Wizards. Unfortunately, he rarely got minutes this past season behind Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez in Brooklyn. I've been a fan of Martin since his days at UC. He still has the ability to alter shots and grab rebounds, even at 35 years of age. He also has that "bad boy" persona about him that is somewhat intimidating to opponents. I think the Kings are best served to roll with what they have here. JT and Two-Pat are young and cheap.
With DeMarcus Cousins presumably staying put, there is little reason to believe that the Kings would look for anything more than a backup center. Not to say we can't dream of having Al Jefferson or Nikola Pekovic in purple, but it's unlikely. Birdman Andersen proved his value in the recently completed NBA Finals, but I doubt he'll wanna leave South Beach.
So there you have it. There do not appear to be many logical fits for the Kings in free agency. Often times teams end up overbidding for marginal value in free agency because thats what the market dictates. Building through the draft and trades appear to be the most worthy options for Sacramento. Nonetheless, I'm curious to hear what my fellow fans have to say about potential free agents. All of my payroll and free agent information is via HoopsWorld by the way.