In free agency, the Sacramento Kings went out and got Arron Afflalo to be a solid two guard, and they got Matt Barnes, who can start at the three and fit in the system. Of course, all that goes around the centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins.
Gay is the biggest name of the three, and he remains an athletic wing who scored 17.2 points per game last season. He’s not elite (at either end), and after a few injuries his efficiency slipped last season, but he’s still a quality NBA wing that a number of teams could use. He’s on a now reasonable contract for $27.6 million over the next two seasons.
With Gay by himself, Sacramento maybe could swap solid veterans with a team, or get a non-lottery first round pick. But packaging McLemore or Koufos could add to that value. McLemore should catch the eye of teams looking for wing depth — he shot 36 percent from three last season, his feel for the game is improving, and he’s still on his rookie deal. Koufos is the kind of defensive bit a number of teams could use.
Now that the main crush of free agency is over, teams will step back, assess where they are missing, and try to fill that in via remaining free agents or trades. Which means the Kings may well get some phone calls about these three.
Somehow, Ja Morant highlights keep getting better (video)
Then, less than a minute later, Morant finished a lob from Crowder with a beautiful one-handed slam:
Finally, Morant leaped to posterize Larry Nance Jr., realized that wouldn’t work then threw a spinning behind-the-back pass to Jackson. Though Alfonzo McKinnie blocked Jackson, Morant’s move was dazzling:
Kyle Lowry had the ball in his left hand when he felt contact. Not only did he try to sell a foul by flailing his arms, the right-hander tried to draw a shooting foul by hurling an off-balance 31-footer toward the basket.
No continuation. No whistle at all.
But Lowry made the shot, anyway.
Lowry and the Raptors will take it, but they didn’t need a break like that against the Wizards’ dismal defense last night. Toronto won, 140-111.