It’s little things like the Sacramento Kings’ fan base rallying behind a report suggesting Quincy Acy could return to Sacramento next season that keep me going. One lone, bright, overwhelmingly inconsequential report amidst all the chaos can create such a positive reaction that you almost forget that everything else is on fire.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports first reported the Kings apparent interest in Acy. The New York Knicks did not extend a qualifying offer to the former Kings forward, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Acy was acquired by the Kings in the 2013-14 season as a throw in to the blockbuster Rudy Gay trade, but he found a way to connect to the fan base here, and immediately became a fan favorite thanks to his hustle and passion.
Q is also partially responsible for delivering a Vegas Summer League championship to Sacramento last offseason thanks to a developing three-point shot, but the Kings traded Acy to the Knicks later in the offseason due to a logjam of similarly styled power forwards.
In 66 games for the Knicks last season, Acy averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 18.9 minutes, shooting .300 from three, and .459 from the field. I’d have to imagine Acy could be had for the league minimum, or very close to it. You’d be hard pressed to find a better 10th-12th man than Quincy Acy.
On a similar note, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Sacramento Kings are interested in bringing back unrestricted free agent Derrick Williams next season, a player I don’t have nearly as much positive things to say about.
For better or worse, Williams is going to be directly tied to Omri Casspi throughout free agency. They both fill similar roles as versatile forwards who can theoretically run and spread the floor; only Casspi was much better in that role last season. Of course, Casspi should garner more interest in free agency, and thus could sign a contract the Kings will be unable, or unwilling to beat. Williams could re-sign for a near-league minimum contract, and while I wouldn't be thrilled, getting that upset over it seems misguided. He wasn't horrible last season.
If I didn’t make it perfectly clear, I’d prefer Acy, but the Kings shouldn’t bank on major contributions from either one of these players next season, regardless of what it would cost to sign them.