To say Vlade Divac has recovered nicely after missing out on targeted free agents Wesley Matthews and Monta Ellis would be an understatement.
The Signings of Marco Belinelli, Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos, and Omri Casspi range from solid signing to smart gamble to absolute bargain. It was a good 4th of July weekend for Sacramento, and the Kings aren’t quite finished yet.
We don’t know how much cap room the Kings have left, if any. It’s going to largely depend on the order by which the Kings’ offseason transactions technically take place when they have to file all of their paperwork with the league offices. The salary cap may be going up slightly, creating a little extra room for all 30 teams. The free agency moratorium period ends on July 8th, so we’ll have more details in the next couple of days.
By unofficial count, the Kings have anywhere from 0 - $3 million left in cap room. We don’t know the official contract details on the James Anderson signing, and with Ray McCallum, Eric Moreland, and David Stockton on unguaranteed contracts, the Kings could theoretically waive all of them to gain about $2.5 million in cap room. I don’t see this happening with either McCallum or Moreland, but if the Kings have someone in particular they think they can land with the added space, I wouldn’t rule it out.
With or without cap room, the Kings can continue signing players using the minimum player salary exemption. Before you think a minimum contract signing is inconsequential, it’s important to note that Omri Casspi was on a minimum contract last season. You can find contributors with it.
Due in large part to Rudy Gay’s Snapchat recruitment tactics, the Kings have been linked to veteran forward Josh Smith all summer. I have my doubts that Smith would accept the veterans minimum to join the Kings, but he may be a player Vlade Divac would create cap space for. I’d rather let that one go, but the Kings have had apparent interest in Smith for years. His signing would not surprise me.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Sacramento Kings are one of the few teams showing interest in Ryan Hollins. Hollins was the Kings 12th man for most of last season, and despite showing little on the court, he was a good veteran presence in the locker room. Hollins would be eligible for the minimum player salary exemption, and I’d have to think he’d sign for it.
Earlier last week, Spears also reported on the Kings interest in New York Knick and former Sacramento King free agent Quincy Acy. Acy had a decent season with the Knicks, but it would be hard to imagine a team bringing him on for anything over the veteran’s minimum. If the Kings want him, they can get him.
And finally, Sportando reported on the Kings interest in 27-year old Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica. Raduljica only appeared in 5 games for the Timberwolves last season, and would be another veterans minimum contract candidate.
What we do know is that Vivek Ranadive told Vlade Divac he wouldn't shave until Vlade was done signing players, and as of 20 hours ago, he looked like this.
— Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek) July 6, 2015