It’s going to be an eventful week in the NBA.
General manager Monte McNair will have a limited amount of time to put his finishing touches on the roster before the Kings take the court. Here are three questions Sacramento needs to address in this abbreviated offseason.
1 - Figuring out the Buddy Hield situation
Hield has let it be known that he is disgruntled with the Kings. His main issues seem to be with head coach Luke Walton, who moved him to the bench during last season. Hield is one of the best 3-point shooters in the game, and at a time when spacing is at a premium in the league, there is no doubt that any team would like to have his skill set on the roster. Hield’s four-year extension kicks in this season, so if McNair does indeed decide to move him, it will have to be for a player making roughly the same $24 million that Hield is due. The 27-year-old has been dodging Walton’s phone calls over the past few months, so if the relationship is irreparable, McNair could make a big move at the draft.
2 - Keep or trade the No. 12 pick?
The Kings have reportedly shopped the pick, but nothing has developed... yet. This year’s draft is loaded with prospects who could come in and fill a need for Sacramento. The Kings need to add some wing depth, and plenty of players who fit the mold should be available when they pick 12th. Patrick Williams, Aaron Nesmith, and Saddiq Bey are just some of the names who could be on the board when Sacramento makes its pick. If McNair wants to add some depth to the backcourt, a player like Kira Lewis Jr. is another option. The Kings could move up or down in the draft, depending on how their big board looks. I expect McNair to keep the pick and add a young, cost-controlled option to the rotation.
3 - Will Bogdan Bogdanovic be back next season?
Bogi had a career year last season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 37.2 percent from deep. With the salary cap staying flat this season, it will be interesting to see how much the restricted free agent gets offered. Bogdanovic is an excellent fit next to point guard De’Aaron Fox. When Walton inserted Bogdanovic into the starting lineup in place of Hield, Sacramento went on an impressive 13-7 run. The Milwaukee Bucks are rumored to be interested in getting Bogdanovic, and if McNair acts on his desire to improve the Kings’ financial flexibility moving forward, we could see Bogi dealt before the season tips off.
On to some links:
How would Russell Westbrook fit with the Kings? NBC California’s James Ham breaks down the good and the bad of acquiring the former MVP.
The players from the loaded 2017 draft class will be up for extensions this season. The Athletic’s John Hollinger looks at what a new contract for Fox could look like.
Will there be fans allowed at Sacramento’s home games this season? It looks like the team is preparing for it. (Fox 40)