How to Return the Sacramento Kings Back to Their Throne

My take on how to handle the Kings’ future.


After yet another abysmal year of basketball for Sacramento, the Kings will trudge toward the 2020 offseason. This time around the Kings will likely end up over the NBA salary cap as only three players will make almost $60 million dollars combined. Additionally key bench player Bogdan Bogdanovic will become a restricted free agent and will cost at least $16.2 million to keep around. Because of their salary cap woes, the Kings will only be able to sign most free agents to minimum contracts and after ending up with the 12th pick in the 2020 draft the Kings won’t be grabbing the cream of the crop in the 2020 draft either. However I offer a hypothetical solution to this disaster Monte McNair and co. have brought upon Sacramento and it’s basketball team.

First things first, the Kings NEED to trade Buddy Hield right now. The 27-year old guard has already expressed his disgruntlement with the coaching and management and will take up $20+ million dollars of cap space for each of the next four years. Trading Buddy would relieve Sacramento of his bloated contract and hopefully reignite his career elsewhere.

Next order of business is the 2020 draft, this year has quite the haul of guards and lacks in bigs, which is good because the Kings have notoriously been known to reach high on centers in many of the past few drafts. This year Sacramento must draft a wing to bolster the thin depth at their forward positions. 2020’s draft class has a handful of promising prospects in Deni Avdija, Patrick Williams, Saddiq Bey, Isaac Okoro, and Onyeka Okongwu. While all differ in their individual skillsets each one of them show genuine talent and should any of drop to the 12th pick there should be no hesitation in drafting any of them.

After the draft, comes the NBA’s version of Christmas, free agency. There is no doubt that there will be no big signings this year as the main focus is to retain core bench players in Bogdan, Bjelica, Richaun Holmes and extend important players including Fox, Bagley, and Corey Joseph. The objective is to keep the salary as low as possible and sign one year rental players. The 2021-2022 free agency will be the year they push for a star signing and really elevate the team into contention.

If all things go correct the Sacramento Kings could start the 2022 season with De’aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, their 2020 draft pick, Marvin Bagley, and a superstar signing with plenty of depth in Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica, and others off the bench. While it may not result in a championship it’ll definitely be a step in the right direction and a breath of fresh air for the struggling franchise.