Many of us would forgive the Kings' new front office if the 2013 offseason came without massive turnover. It takes time to get systems in place, to get the roster in shape, to get the salary cap sheet adjusted. But Pete D'Alessandro apparently doesn't need much time. From his chat with Ailene Voisin for Sunday's Bee:
"I'm going to be really aggressive," D'Alessandro said. "I feel I owe it to the team and the community to make an aggressive move, and I think because we're new, we're an attractive team. Smart players are going to look at us and realize that we're going to get things done. Whether it comes from the three (small forward) or one (point guard), we need better passing. I've said that from Day One. But small forward definitely, I do think there's a void there."
It seems like Pete D'Alessandro said he's going to get us a new small forward. !!! Later in the piece Voisin tosses out $8-10 million as Tyreke Evans' range. That's quite possibly an informed clue as to what D'Alessandro will offer or match. If the Kings pay Tyreke $10 million in 2013-14 salary and waive John Salmons under amnesty, after accounting for all other players including Ben McLemore but not Ray McCallum, Sacramento would have $12 million to offer up to a free agent. Is that Andre Iguodala range? I don't know. Possibly. Possibly not.
But getting Evans a bit cheaper opens up more money, and unloading any of Jimmer Fredette ($2.4 million), Jason Thompson ($5.6 million), Chuck Hayes ($5.7 million), Travis Outlaw ($3 million, oh man) or Marcus Thornton ($8 million) will expand the options further. (Isaiah Thomas is so cheap that trading him for cap relief is pointless.) It'll be interesting to see if D'Alessandro does amnesty Salmons, the team's only candidate, and makes a move to go after a free agent. It all depends on waiving Salmons and locking up Evans well under the max.