Chad Ford has been grading the off-seasons for both conferences (ESPN Insider) and the Kings finished second amongst Western Conference teams with an A- (they were behind the Thunder):

The team also made a clever deal before the draft, swapping Nocioni and Hawes for Dalembert. Dalembert not only gives the Kings a legitimate shot-blocker in the middle, but he also comes off the books at the end of the season, saving significant money for the Kings next season when they could have as much as $30 million in cap room. The team won’t win much this season, but the future looks bright in Sacramento.

It’s good to see the Kings are being recognized for smart deals, good drafting and responsible spending in a time of Amir Johnson paydays. This team still has a long way to go to get back to the glory days but at least it’s clear they have a solid foundation and a bright future to build.