What a difference a few weeks make.
The Sacramento Kings are a much different team now than the one we saw back in April. Not even taking into account the addition of Willie Cauley-Stein, Vlade Divac has managed to add five rotation players through Free Agency and might still not be done wheeling and dealing.
Vlade's strategy of trying to rebuild the Sacramento Kings through Free Agency is not unique to the NBA but it has been extremely rare here in Sacramento. Vlade himself is the best Free Agent signing the Kings have ever made and thus far the only signing the Kings have ever made that has made an All-Star team during his tenure in Sacramento.
In Sacramento's 30 year NBA history, the Kings have only signed more than four players in an offseason just three times: this summer, last summer and the summer of 1998, and only this summer likely features more than four new actual rotation players. Here's a historical look at all of Sacramento's Free Agent summer free agent acquisitions:
(Note: for this exercise I did not include any re-signings or signings that occurred after the season started. For example, Scot Pollard was signed early in the lockout-shortened season of 1998, but after the offseason had ended. Also, I did not include signings that were waived before the season began or who did not play a game for the Kings.)
Players in Italics played less than 15 games for Sacramento
2015: Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Luc Mbah a Moute, Kosta Koufos, Caron Butler
2014: Darren Collison, Eric Moreland, Ryan Hollins, Omri Casspi, Ramon Sessions
2013: Carl Landry
2012: Aaron Brooks, Hamady N'Diaye
2011: Travis Outlaw*, Chuck Hayes
*Technically the Kings claimed him off the Amnesty waiver wire.
2010: Antoine Wright, Pooh Jeter, Luther Head
2009: Sean May, Desmond Mason, Ime Udoka
2008: Bobby Brown
2007: Mikki Moore, Orien Greene, Darryl Watkins, Beno Udrih
2006: John Salmons, Maurice Taylor
2005: Ronnie Price, Jamal Sampson, Shareef Abdur-Rahim
2004: Greg Ostertag, Maurice Evans, Matt Barnes, Erik Daniels
2003: Anthony Peeler, Tony Massenburg, Rodney Buford, Brad Miller*
*Miller was technically a sign-and-trade acquisition. The Kings lost Hedo Turkoglu and Scot Pollard in the process.
2002: Keon Clark, Damon Jones, Jim Jackson
2000: Bobby Jackson
1999: Darrick Martin, Tony Delk, Bill Wennington, Tyrone Corbin
1998: Jon Barry, Vlade Divac, Vernon Maxwell, Oliver Miller, Kevin Ollie
1997: Terry Dehere, Michael Stewart
1996: Kevin Salvadori
1995: Clint McDaniel
1994: Alaa Abdelnaby, Doug Lee
1993: Randy Breuer
1992: Marty Conlon, Vincent Askew, Carl Thomas
1990: Rick Calloway
1989: Henry Turner, Greg Stokes
1988: Ben Gillery
1987: Michael Jackson
1985: David Cooke, Carl Henry, Rich Kelley
That's.... that's not a great list to be on. The Kings have had an incredibly poor Free Agent history aside from a few big hits here and there (Vlade, B-Jax, Collison, etc.), which makes this summer's multiple signings of solid NBA players (each one was a key rotation player on their previous team) a welcome anomaly.
Much attention has been given to what the Kings did to acquire their cap space, or the players that they missed out on, and not enough to how well Vlade Divac has used the space. It's not an easy thing to convince players to come to Sacramento, especially given the years of dysfunction and losing. What Vlade has done here is no small thing, and while the jury's still out on how everything will mesh, he deserves praise for trying a different approach and seemingly doing well with it.