The Sacramento Kings are attempting to go two directions at once. The team is trying to build for long-term success and sustainable respectability, but the team is also chasing the eighth seed and an end to the second-longest playoff drought in the NBA.
The team cannot do both, and they need to decide which goal is the most important. One would hope that the franchise already had made this decision. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be the case.
The problem is you have a serious difference of opinion within the organization as to whether this is a playoff-caliber team or not https://t.co/A5fql69ktf— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) January 17, 2017
Carmichael Dave will be the first person to remind you that he's not a journalist, but he undoubtedly has connections that offer unique insight to the inner workings of the team.
Personally, I think the team should abandon hope for the playoffs and maximize their expiring assets. Deal Rudy Gay, Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Arron Afflalo, and/or Anthony Tolliver. Maybe even Kosta Koufos. Get what you can and set the franchise up for next season and beyond. The 8 seed in the West this year means less than in years past. I understand the positive narrative of reaching that goal, but ultimately it's going to do more harm than good.
Even still, while I have a direction I believe the franchise should go, I think it's more important that they decide on one direction and move toward it. Even if the team decides to chase the playoffs, that's better than having half the front office heading a different direction.
Chasing two goals at once is a good way to achieve neither. In the immortal words of Ron Swanson, “Don't half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”