The Sacramento Kings will have a tough decision to make on power forward Nemanja Bjelica this offseason. The power forward started 67 games for the Kings and averaged 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 41.9% from the 3-point line.
New general manager Monte McNair will have to decide if the team will exercise its $7.15 million option for the 2020-21 season. The Athletic’s Jason Jones broke down why Belly remains a good fit with the roster.
“Bringing him back next season makes sense. If the Kings intend to play the fast-paced style while shooting plenty of 3s that McNair wants, Sacramento will need as many skilled and versatile shooters as possible. His shooting means he can play alongside starting center Richaun Holmes or Bagley if Walton chooses to use Bagley at that position. Bagley played center after his return from injury this season after starting the season at power forward.”
Sacramento averaged five more points per 100 possessions with Bjelica on the floor. He provides spacing for the team on the offensive end, which is at a premium in today’s NBA.
As Jones points out, the decision on Bjelica could depend on how much RFA Bogdan Bogdanovic commands for his new contract. Buddy Hield’s extension kicks in this season and De’Aaron Fox is due for a max contract.
We will soon get to see what McNair’s vision is for the team, which will happen once the NBA offseason begins.
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