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Are the Kings finally learning the virtue of patience?

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Vivek Ranadivé's early tenure as owner of the Sacramento Kings has been many things, but patient has not been one of them.  Sacramento's moves in the last few years have been impulsive, reactionary and shortsighted.  It's caused the Kings to give away All-Star talent for no return and fire coaches on a whim.  We've seen draft picks mortgaged to try to get salary cap space to land big name free agents that don't want to come to Sacramento.

This summer has been different.  The moves that the Kings have made so far have not been flashy, and most of them have been made with an eye on the future.  Marco Belinelli was unloaded for a first round pick that became Malachi Richardson.  The 8th pick in the draft was turned into two more first round picks (Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere) and the rights to European star Bogdan Bogdanovic, which could be a big deal down the road.  Even Sacramento's free agent signings, all veterans, included unguaranteed money so the Kings could retain flexibility.

It's too soon to call this a culture shift in the organization's thinking, but it seems to be a good start back to the right path.  Nothing comes easy in the NBA, and the Kings have been unsuccessfully trying to take every shortcut available to try to get back to relevancy for too long now, and it's cost the team dearly.

There's still the question of how the Kings handle Rudy Gay, of how they add Point Guard help to a team with one Point Guard under contract, and of course, DeMarcus Cousins.  This rebuild could still take a while, and as much as I'd love to see this team competing sooner rather than later, it can't come at the expense of the future.  Fortunately, the Kings finally seem to be taking the hint.