Free Agency kicked off last night and I have to say, early returns for the Kings aren't encouraging. The name they've been most connected to in early rumors has been Oklahoma City guard Dion Waiters, a restricted Free Agent that will likely cost quite a bit and won't necessarily be a huge upgrade at our biggest position of need. I would much rather the Kings focus their time and money elsewhere.
Speaking of elsewhere, Chris Mannix is reporting another new name that the Kings contacted last night that would probably make a whole lot more sense: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. Dellavedova is also a restricted free agent, but Cleveland could likely find a cheaper replacement on the free agent market as Dellavedova's contract would cost them much more than it would other teams due to luxury tax payments. Dellavedova averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 assists off the bench for the Cavs last year, and also shot a very good 41% from three point range. He's also got a reputation as a good defender, and the stats show that the Cavs were nearly 5 points per 100 possessions better on that end of the floor when he was playing last season. Compare that to the Oklahoma City Thunder being 5.5 points per 100 possessions worse defensively with Waiters on the floor last season.
In another Kings tidbit, Mannix says the following about the possibility of a Rajon Rondo return. Bold emphasis is mine:
It's unclear how aggressive the Kings will be with free-agent guard Rajon Rondo, who started 72 games for Sacramento last season. Rondo averaged an NBA-best 11.7 assists last season but does not have strong support within the organization, league sources told The Vertical.
The market for Rondo might not be as competitive as we think though, so I still wouldn't completely discount a return, especially as the Kings continue to need help at Point Guard.
UPDATE 12:54 PM:
aaaand he's gone.
Bucks are nearing a 4-year, $38M deal for Matthew Dellavedova, sources tell https://t.co/zbzq88KImD— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2016