Sacramento managed to have a busy, yet uneventful offseason. The team made moves, like hiring a new general manager and getting a steal in the draft. But no one seemed to care too much about what they’ve done. This team has been stuck in mediocrity for quite some time now and is trying to reach relevance. I struggle to see that happening this year, but there is hope.
The first order of business is the draft. The Kings had the 12th pick accompanied by two second-round selections. With their first pick, Sacramento went with Tyrese Haliburton. Many saw this as a steal since Haliburton was looked at by many as a lock to be in the top 10. I’m not as sold on him as many, but I think it was a good pick. His game fits in well with Fox and Buddy both; it may create an opportunity for the Kings to move Hield soon. In the second round, Sacramento selected Robert Woodard and Jahmi’us Ramsey. Woodard has the chance to be a very good 3-and-D role player. He’s an excellent defender who shot 40% from three in college last year. His mechanics are rough, but there is promise. Ramsey is a high upside guy that the Kings were smart to gamble on. He is a great athlete who shows promise as a two-way star. If he develops correctly, he could be star for this team. I think you can consider the draft successful for Sacramento.
After the draft, drama ensued. Bogdan Bogdanovic was in the middle of this odd deal between the Kings and the Bucks that eventually fell apart. Bogdan has been rumored to be available for some time due to the friction between he and Buddy; only one of them could stay. Bogdanovic eventually landed in Atlanta, as the Kings decided to decline to match the offer the Hawks offered. Bogdan got away for nothing, showing how mismanaged things have been for the organization. The team hopes to put this behind them, but Bogdan’s production will be missed for sure.
Outside of Bodgan’s departure, the Kings also lost Kent Bazemore and Harry Giles III. Bazemore ended up signing with the team where it all began for him, Golden State. He was a veteran presence for Sacramento in the few games he was with them. He would’ve offered up great value for the contract he’s on now as a two-way talent. Giles started to really scratch the surface last season and looks like he may be starting to put it all together. I’ll be interested to watch what the former Duke product does in Portland with Zach Collins set to be gone for a month or so. Neither of these players are world beaters by any means, but the would have proved useful if they had stayed in a Kings uniform.
Sacramento is a lot like Minnesota in the sense that they are on the outside looking in. I expect them to be more competitive this year, but I don’t think we will see them in the playoffs. At the very least, Vlade Divac is no longer running the team. That feels like enough of a step in the right direction for the franchise.