Ever since owner Vivek Ranadive took over and brought in GM Pete D’Alessandro, the Kings have been aggressive — a welcome change for Sacramento fans following the final, blundering years of the Maloof ownership.
That hasn’t changed this summer — they are looking to move power forwards and add some defense to the front lines. What they are not looking to do is keep Isaiah Thomas (unless his offers are ridiculously lowball).
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee tweeted about the power forward situation.
The Kings have their anchor up front — DeMarcus Cousins is the center and the focal point of the future, but next to him they are still looking for the right fit. The Kings have a number of guys who can play the four with Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Reggie Evans, and even Quincy Acy, yet not one of those guys really brings rim protection, something crucial in the NBA.
The Kings are making changes in the backcourt as well — they clearly don’t want to match what the market seems likely to offer for point guard Isaiah Thomas (they got Darren Collison instead). As PBT reported, Thomas has had conversations with teams saying they will make offers in the $6 million range, but he could get more. It appears the Kings will not match, while Thomas is a fan favorite he’s not been a management’s favorite there.
One team that could offer more is the Lakers and they have interest, reports Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
If the Lakers get Carmelo Anthony and bring back Pau Gasol they become limited in what they could offer Thomas (the Kobe Bryant contract does that). Still, the Lakers are interested and for a charismatic guy in a major media market there are a lot of reasons to like that option. (Anthony, aging Kobe Bryant and Thomas do not exactly make a good defensive team, we should note.)
Thomas is one of a number of players behind the Carmelo Anthony/LeBron James bottleneck in free agency.
Just expect when the bottleneck breaks the Kings will be very active.