Will any of these free agents join the Kings?
With the offseason rapidly approaching, the Sacramento Kings are going to have to revamp their roster heading into the Golden One Center.
The front office and the Kings community knows that the shooting guard position will have to be the main focus this offseason, but what moves are the Kings willing to make at the forward and center position?
Main pieces, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins are under contract until the 2018 season but they will be the only solidified starters under contract for the immediate future.
Besides the shooting guard position, Sacramento needs to solidify the power forward spot. As of right now, the only power forward/center players on the roster besides Cousins are Quincy Acy, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos and Eric Moreland.
Scoring down low has been the main problem for the Kings this season as Cousins has been the only consistent big man scoring 27.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
The other four big men combined for only an average of 17 points per game, which goes to show how unproductive the Kings are when Cousins is on the bench or out with injury or suspension.
So what will Sacramento do? Do they draft a big man? Or find a big man in free agency or via trade?
With the 2016 draft being a guard orientated draft, Sacramento has no choice but to sign a free agent during the offseason or trade for a key role player who can contribute accordingly.
Unlike the 2016 draft, the 2016 free agent market is loaded with power forwards and centers.
Top Notable unrestricted free agent Power Forward/Centers in 2016
1.) Al Horford / Power Forward/Center/ 6-10/ Atlanta Hawks
Horford has been apart of the Atlanta Hawks for the entirety of his career but his name was mentioned around in trade rumors in the 2016 trading period.
Horford is averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and has been proven to be one of the most consistent players in the NBA. Horford is a dual threat power forward/center who has developed a consistent outside shot. That really helps spread the floor and is extremely beneficial for any team that wants his services.
2.) Hassan Whiteside / Center/ 7-0/ Miami Heat
Whiteside was originally drafted by the Kings in 2011 but was let go and was never really able to play a consistent role.
Since Whiteside joined Miami, he has developed into one the best centers in the NBA averaging 13 points, 11.5 rebounds and four blocks per game, while accumulating multiple triple-double games.
It would be a far-fetched idea for Sacramento to get him back; hence Whiteside will most likely resign with the Heat or sign with a championship contender.
3.) Al Jefferson / Center/ 6-10/ Charlotte Hornets
Jefferson has been known as a low post magician his entire career but has been sidelined due to injuries and suspension for the majority of the 2016 season. Jefferson has averaged a career low 12.1 points and six rebounds per game this season.
Jefferson would be the perfect fit in Sacramento, as he would provide the leadership needed to carry this young core of big men through their early stages of their careers. Most importantly, this would give Cousins a mentor and someone who can give him the keys necessary to excel at a high level mentally.
4.) Ryan Anderson/ Power Forward/ 6-10/ New Orleans Pelicans
Anderson is a Sacramento native who attended Oak Ridge high school in Eldorado Hills, California. Anderson is having the best year of his career in 2016 averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game.
Anderson has a decent low post game followed up by a great shooting stroke from long and short range. Right now would be the perfect time for the Kings to pursue Anderson since stretch fours are a luxury in today’s NBA.
5.) Joakim Noah/ Center/ 6-11/ Chicago Bulls
Noah is a proven winner at all levels and a solidified veteran. Although Noah lost his starting job this season followed by an injury, which has kept him out for the entire season, Noah still offers the leadership to mentor Cousins.
Since he’s played poorly this season, his value should be low, right where the Kings can spend decent money to acquire him. Noah has averaged a career low this season averaging 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
6.) Zaza Pachulia/ Center/ 6-11/ Dallas Mavericks
Pachulia is one of the most physical big men in the NBA, which would make a solid tandem alongside Cousins. In 2016, Pachulia is averaging 10 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Free agency will begin July 1st and players will have to wail until July 8th to sign a contract with an organization. This is known as the “July Moratorium.”
During this time, the league also reviews the previous seasons revenue and sets the salary cap for the following season.