2013 NBA Free Agency: Sacramento Kings’ Pursuit of Monta Ellis Makes Little Sense
The Sacramento Kings have silently had a highly productive off-season and beginning to the 2013 NBA Free Agency bonanza. In a sign-and-trade that sent away Tyreke Evans, who was a restricted free-agent, the Kings were able to bring in Greivis Vasquez. The Kings were also able to sign both Carl Landry and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
The reason that the Kings moves thus far this off-season have been relatively silent is the simple fact that the one high-profiled player that they’ve been involved with has been Evans and they were sending him away. However, that’s actually exactly what the Kings needed to do this off-season.
Sacramento in recent years has been more of a circus than anything else. With a dysfunctional front office and ownership, the Kings have had a lot of solid players, but weren’t a team constructed with any sort of concept or purpose in mind. They were basically a highly priced pickup team, which isn’t a formula to have success in the NBA.
However, with a new regime now in Sacramento’s front office, that seems to be changing. They seem to be bringing in guys who are vital to creating a team rather than bringing in guys who are just good at basketball, but don’t really serve a purpose.
It now seems like the Kings may be on the verge of messing that process up, though, as they are reportedly one of the four teams that free-agent guard Monta Ellis has narrowed his choice down to.
Ellis is a talented scorer and a great playmaker. However, if there’s one thing that we’ve learned about Ellis over his career, it’s that it is extremely difficult to put the reins on him and get him to buy into a team concept. Considering that the Kings have been struggling from bringing in those types of players in recent years, it’s quite perplexing why they would be willing to try that again.
In the long run, the Kings really need to pray that Ellis chooses to play basketball elsewhere for the next few years of his career. The Kings are a team that is in the middle of rebuilding and trying to sort out their roster and Ellis is only going to hinder that process.