Sacramento Kings salaries and what it means for potential trades

The rumor mill is quite interesting every season but most of the things we see on the Internet don’t really come to fruition. Yesterday, DeMarcus Cousins sparked debate about one day reuniting with John Wall and Eric Bledsoe and put an emphasis on it being in Sacramento.

“Do we ever talk about playing with one another? Is that your question?,” Cousins asked in response to a reporter’s inquiries. “It’s came up. They’re going to all come to Sac. Come to Sac.”

Before we get into more rumors and possible trades, let’s take a look at the Kings’ salary cap situation:

Via BasketballInsiders.com

Via BasketballInsiders.com

As you can see, Rudy Gay has a Player Option and has already expressed that he will not pick it up, making him a free agent next summer. Arron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver are on Non-Guaranteed contracts, potentially opening up a lot of cap space for the Kings next season.

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Both Wall and Bledsoe are under contract with their teams through 2018-19, meaning them coming together via free agency may take a while. The fastest way is via trade but it’s not realistic because neither team will want to give up their star player for a bunch of role players.

The one thing to note is that Cousins seems to be very content of other All-Star type players joining him in Sacramento. Many nationally believe Sacramento is a dysfunctional small market franchise, making it that much more difficult to attract big-name players.

But when you see a talent like Cousins dominate night in and night out, it definitely helps his playful recruiting efforts, just as he did last night in the nations capital.

“They’re going to all come to Sac. Come to Sac! … [Wall] wants me [in D.C.],” Cousins said. “Eric want us in Phoenix…. Play with John and Eric again, you never know what will happen. It’s the NBA, so hopefully one day he’ll be in a Sacramento uniform.”

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The one thing that doesn’t help the Kings in any trade is the limitations on not being able to offer draft picks in a potential trade to reel in a big-time player.

Vlade Divac will have many big decisions to think about this season, and the clock is ticking faster than what he would like it to be.

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