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With Rudy Gay gone, the Kings need a new starting Small Forward.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Small forward is the biggest need for Sacramento walking into the offseason. The Kings may not have a small forward on their roster right now as Justin Jackson may end up playing more of a SG/SF combo rather than a fulltime wing. Although we have 745 shooting guards currently signed, and a few who can step into an emergency small forward role, our management team still needs to acquire someone to fill 25-35 minutes per game as a starter. Forcing Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic, or Malachi Richardson out of their position certainly isnt going to help prevent chaos on the court.

The Big Names (and Big Contracts)

Otto Porter (RFA)

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
24 32.6 5.2 10 0.516 1.9 4.3 0.434 3.3 5.8 0.576 0.608 1.2 1.5 0.832 1.5 5 6.4 1.5 1.5 0.5 0.6 2.4 13.4

With as large of a hole as the Kings currently have at small forward, Otto Porter has become the mythical figure who can solve the wing issues that have plagued us for so long. After struggling throughout his first couple of seasons, the current Wizards starter has managed to establish himself as one of the best, young two-way players in the NBA. He does a little bit of everything on the court, hit an astounding 43% from three-point range on 4.3 attempts per game, and is a versatile defender as well.

Fit with Sacramento: If the Kings throw big money at one player this offseason, it should be Otto Porter. At only 24, he fits with the rebuild timeline and could anchor the small forward slot for many, many years. The issue with this dream scenario is Porter’s contract status. He's a restricted free agent, so Washington can match any offer given to him. The likelihood of the Wizards letting their third best player walk away is slim, but Sacramento should certainly give it a try.

Andre Iguodala

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
33 26.3 2.9 5.5 0.528 0.8 2.3 0.362 2 3.1 0.651 0.605 0.9 1.3 0.706 0.7 3.3 4 3.4 1 0.5 0.8 1.3 7.6

Championship experience? Check. Finals MVP? Check. Defensive stud? Check. Veteran Leader? Check. Andre Iguodala is the epitome of experience and professionalism in the NBA. He was a top player in the league for many years and his smooth transition to bench contributor for the Warriors shows hes willing to do what it takes to win.

Fit with Sacramento: Theoretically, overpaying for a couple of years of Iggy sounds like a great idea, but there are some major issues with trying to get him. First, he's 33 years old and has been breaking down physically a little bit each season for the past couple of years. Second, if he's going to be lured away from an almost guaranteed ring, the Kings are going to have to open up their checkbooks and then some. Personally, I would rather spend our cap space on a stop-gap option and wait for a better option or player to come along.

Danilo Gallinari

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
28 33.9 5.3 11.9 0.447 2 5.1 0.389 3.3 6.8 0.491 0.531 5.5 6.1 0.902 0.6 4.5 5.2 2.1 0.6 0.2 1.3 1.5 18.2

Danilo Gallinari was originally the anchor of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. He's a large, dynamic scorer who can knock down the long-ball, but he's also struggled to stay on the court throughout his eight year career. In the past four seasons he's missed a total of 153 games, including the entire 2013-2014 campaign.

Fit with Sacramento: If the Kings are foolishly trying to make the playoffs after just starting a rebuild, the former Nugget star is a “good” fit. If Vlade and Scott Perry are committed to sticking to a reasonable timeline, Gallinari shouldn't be on their radar. He's about to turn 29, is looking for a massive contract, and hasn't proven he can stay healthy. Other options are either younger, cheaper, or both.

Stop-gap Players

C.J. Miles

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
30 23.4 3.7 8.5 0.434 2.2 5.4 0.413 1.5 3.1 0.471 0.565 1.1 1.2 0.903 0.4 2.6 3 0.6 0.6 0.3 0.5 2 10.7

Miles is one of the most versatile players in the league and his positional arc is similar to that of our former wing, Arron Afflalo. Early in his career, he played mostly point guard and shooting guard, but as he’s grown older, he's converted to more of a wing player. Miles can handle the ball in a pinch, is one of the best shooters available in free agency, and is a committed defensive player as well.

Fit with Sacramento: Outside of Otto Porter, Miles is probably my favorite option for the Kings. He can start for the next year or two as Justin Jackson develops or as a new draftee comes in, and he can play multiple positions. If De'Aaron Fox starts or plays heavy minutes, combining C.J. with Hield and our new rookie would be a perfect combination of spacing for our new slashing guard. His defensive reputation would assimilate well into Dave Joerger's thought process and he won’t be a ridiculously expensive option either.

P.J. Tucker

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
32 27.6 2.5 6 0.413 0.9 2.4 0.357 1.6 3.5 0.451 0.485 0.9 1.1 0.774 1.4 4.4 5.8 1.2 1.4 0.2 0.8 2.4 6.7

PJ Tucker was acquired by the Toronto Raptors last season with the hopes that he could cover some of their defensive flaws of off the bench. Prior to the trade, Tucker bounced around Europe before signing with Phoenix back in 2012. He regularly started for the Suns and was a solid contributor. His 3-point shooting is an acceptable 35% for his career and he’s a bully on defense.

Fit with Sacramento: I’ve lived in Phoenix for quite a while now and we saw him go from unknown, to a slightly underrated performer, to extremely overrated by national pundits. There was quite a bit of hype surrounding him at last year's trade deadline, but we have to remember that he was starting for a team that finished with a worse record than the Kings. He's a fine player, but there are better options available and his reputation may have him making more money than he's worth.

Jeff Green

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
30 22.2 3.2 8.1 0.394 0.8 2.8 0.275 2.4 5.3 0.458 0.442 2.1 2.4 0.863 0.6 2.5 3.1 1.2 0.5 0.2 1.1 1.5 9.2

Jeff Green is such an enigma. He's an incredibly talented player who has never seemed to reach his potential and has only gotten less effective over the past few years. Last season he was signed to a one year contract in Orlando (Scott Perry’s old territory), and didn't exactly impress in his time with the Magic. If you thought Rudy Gay was a ball stopper, imagine a much less talented version who averages even fewer assists per game.

Fit with Sacramento: Green should be cheap. Green should only demand a short-term contract. Green isn't great, but he’s better than forcing a shooting guard into the small forward slot. He'll frustrate fans and coaches alike, but he's not the worst option if the Kings are looking a simple stop-gap option. If we sign him, welcome to mediocrity.

Other Options

Bojan Bogdanovic (RFA)

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
28 25.7 4.6 10.4 0.445 1.8 4.8 0.367 2.9 5.6 0.512 0.53 2.7 3 0.893 0.5 3 3.4 1.4 0.4 0.1 1.6 1.8 13.7

Shabazz Muhammad

Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Current Age MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
24 19.4 3.7 7.7 0.482 0.6 1.9 0.338 3.1 5.8 0.528 0.523 1.9 2.4 0.774 1.1 1.7 2.8 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.7 1.1 9.9

Can’t have too many Bogdanovics right? Both these players could potentially be longer term options but won’t be so expensive that they couldn’t be moved later. Bogdanovic probably fits better as a better shooter than Muhammad.

Whatever the case, the Kings need to find a new starting Small Forward this summer, and almost anyone they sign or acquire will be guaranteed significant playing time.