It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season.
The Sacramento Kings have had one of the most active and controversial offseasons in recent memory. Gone are Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Ray McCallum, Derrick Williams, Andre Miller, Ryan Hollins, Reggie Evans, and Eric Moreland. Arrived are Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein, Quincy Acy, Seth Curry, Duje Dukan, Caron Butler, and James Anderson. That's an absolutely absurd level of turnover.
The only remaining pieces from last season are DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore, Darren Collison, and Omri Casspi. Technically David Stockton is still on the roster. Sim Bhullar seems likely to land back in Reno. Even still, just an incredible level of turnover. Even if Ryan Hollins or Eric Moreland return, as both possibilities have been reported, it won't change the fact that this team is hardly recognizable from last season's iteration.
Because of all that's already happened, it would be easy to assume that the Kings are done making moves. It may even be logical. But since logic hasn't been a staple of the Kings since the Rick Adelman era, it's still fair to ask the question. Are the Kings done making changes?
I don't think we'll see any major changes between now and opening day, but there are several scenarios where the Kings could make major changes before the trade deadline this season.
- Darren Collison gets dealt. If Collison is surpassed by Rajon Rondo, he'd be one of the best backup point guards in the league. If he can't accept that role, he could ask out. The front office could choose to honor the request, and Collison could be an attractive trade chip.
- The Kings are a legitimate playoff team and add help at the deadline. In this scenario, the Kings could become buyers in the trade market. Even still, it's difficult to see many potential moves unless the Kings unloaded, say, Ben McLemore in a package for a better shooting guard.
- The Kings are nowhere near a legitimate playoff team. If the Kings struggle to gel and obviously won't be anywhere near playoff contention, the team could be sellers at the deadline. Personally, this scenario would surprise me. I think the team will be good enough that even if they're falling short of the playoffs, the roster will be worth keeping together.
- The doomsday scenario. George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins go nuclear, and the team trades Cousins. I'd consider this the most unlikely scenario, but it is still a possibility.