Kings fans, the city of Sacramento, and Mayor Kevin Johnson can now breathe a sigh of relief because the Kings are staying in Sacramento. After months of back and forth discussions between selling the group to the Chris Hansen‘s Seattle group the Maloof’s agreed to sell the team to partial owner of the Golden State Warriors Vivek Ranadive.
Now for the team and Kings fans there is nothing left to do, but look ahead for better days. In recent years the team has been marred by terrible coaching a la Keith Smart, terrible front office moves, and Demarcus Cousin’s propensity for getting suspended. According to many sources in addition to the change of ownership the team will finally undergo a barrage of coaching changes that start with the inevitable firing of Keith Smart.
With a new era abound for the Kings, speculations is going to run rampant with people wondering who will be their head coach, and how will they manage the players currently on the roster. One solution already being thrown around is the Kings hiring Warrior’s assistant coach Mike Malone as head coach. Considering Malone’s relationship with new owner Ranadive it may be a seamless fit; Malone probably won’t be the only former Warrior personell that has the opportunity to mutiny to the Kings.
In addition to firing Smart the Kings will surely be firing GM Geoff Petrie, and Sactown Royal lists Chris Mullen as a potential fit as other candidates currently holding positions in the Warriors front office. While the Kings sale just happened a day ago, the new regime will probably be tirelessly interviewing candidates with the NBA Draft right around the corner. With the draft, and potential trades the team has the opportunity to completely overhaul the current perception of the Kings and bring a completely new atmosphere.
Here a couple ideas how the Kings could transform their current roster:
1. Resign Tyreke Evans
After a historic rookie season that saw Evans average 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists everything has gone downhill since. However, the team has been so dysfunctional since he arrive he can’t entirely be blamed for his struggles. Another option would be to do a sign and trade, however completely losing Evans without getting anything in return should not be an option.
Anthony Bennett is a bit of tweener, and could play either the three or the four. However, he may have the most upside in the entire draft class. In his only season at UNLV Bennett average 16 points, eight rebounds, and one three per game. Patrick Patterson and Jason Thompson aren’t terrible, but Bennett would by far be a better long-term option
McLemore on paper is a top two pick in a lot of mock drafts, but the Kings could wind up with the first pick; crazier things have happened. Like Bennett, McLemore was a star freshman, but struggled mightily during the NCAA Tournament, If the Kings draft McLemore he could play shooting guard, pushing Evans to small forward permanently.
3. Completely overhaul the roster
Get rid of John Salmons, Chuck Hayes, James Johnson, Travis Outlaw, etc. It will be easier said than done since most of these players have at least two years left ont he contract, but if the team wants to change they have to get rid of the players too not just the coaches and front office.
The Cousins drama is growing old on the Kings community, but this should be his last chance to remain with the team long term. No one is probably happier that Keith Smart is going to get fired than Cousins, so he may be able to finally mature. He’s too talented, and the organization should want to see what they can get out of him under a new regime.