This team seems to continuously get more exciting by the day. As King's fans, It's obvious that were are all anxious and grateful to have a team in Sacramento that actually plans on producing a winner some time in the future. This season regardless of record is going to be a good one in my opinion, Hats off to KJ/ Vivek/ Mastrov/ and everyone else associated with the transferring of ownership. Yesterday's draft, Free-agency, trades, development are all things I am going to analyze and decipher if they were/are appropriate steps that were neccessary to build a winner, because I am a GM at heart who obviously knows better than D'allasandro. I would've already traded for Lebron by now without giving up our core players if I were running things...
Yesterday was so exciting, I am really happy with Ben Mclemore at 7. I don't think he's a surefire All-star, But he seems to be an elite shooter with elite athleticism, two skills that will always be welcomed. I know some people question if he may be a bust like Thomas Robinson because of the similar circumstances, (both slipped in the draft to the Kings, went to Kansas, and Scot Pollard is a great talent evaluator that thinks they are both not NBA material), but there in game circumstances couldnt be farther apart. The jury is still out on T-Rob but his deficiencies are clear to me, he's small for his position, not a very high jumper to make up for it, and has bad hands. It seems like Ben on the other hand only needs to work on his handles to be a very good player, but when you have Tyreke who has elite handles it doesnt seem to be that much of a problem. Our 2nd round pick seems like solid value, dont know too much about him except that he is a projected backup pg, a coach's son (love this), pretty athletic, and was a McDonalds All-American.
This leads us to our logjam with guards. There has to be follow up moves to these acquisitions, I am confident our FO knows this. Thornton, although on a overpriced contract, is a movable piece that would benefit some teams. Jimmer seems tradable, he's a spot shooter with a good Bball IQ, im sure some team needs that. A few teams who would be interested in these players are the Pacers, Bulls, Nuggets, Lakers, T-Wolves, etc...I would like to go into next year with Reke, IT22, Mclemore, McCallum, and a pure pg that is added through trade or signing. Vasquez, Sessions, Calderon, Maynor are all on my list. I would pursue Vasquez from the Pelicans hard, after their acquisition of Holiday Im sure he can be had. I wouldnt mind a starting linup that featured Vasquez, Mclemore, Reke, ?, Cousins/?. I think this lineup can work to be honest, everybody says we need a true sf and although I agree Tyreke has the length, athleticism and strength to work there, and you add a 6'4-6'5 pg and sg who can swith off if need be it seems plausible. The problem when he was starting sf under Smart was that our backcourt was undersized to start off, let alone our sf. IT and Thornton couldnt switch off on small forwards, or rebound so it looked worse than it actually was to me.
Now on to trades and Cousins. I love Cousins talent and hate his on court demeanor. to be honest, I would trade him... DUN, Dun, dun... I feel the work ethic and demeanor Cousins displays is detrimental to this young team, and Im just tired of it to be frank. I know some people will think Im crazy and what not but I'm tired of this young millionaire complaining at his job, you guys can continue to make all the excuses and be apologetic for him. With that said, I would get a young talented big back and whatever else he's worth with it. I'm not going to give him up for penneis on the dollar, a couple players I would target; Valanciunas, Noah, Horford, Larry Sanders. Thats in the talent range he would have to command, my proposed trade, Cousins/Jimmer/Hayes for Valanciunas/Fields/Lowry give or take a couple assets. Next trade up, Thornton for Ramon sessions or Wilson Chandler, both those teams need shooting/scoring. I feel like this team will be on its way after this, I cant wait til preseason..