Sacramento Kings Need To Build Around Demarcus Cousins

By Jacob Gray
Jennifer Stewart- USA Today Sports

What direction are the Sacramento Kings heading? First, take a look at their stacked (I guess is the way to put it?) frontcourt. Now that Demarcus Cousins has been locked into a four-year contract extension, it is time to make moves for another starting-quality player to accompany Boogie.

The Kings have yet to see how re-acquired power forward Carl Landry will mesh with “Boogie” Cousins due to a torn hip flexor that should keep him out three to four months. Landry and fellow power forward Jason Thompson are both making over $5 million this year. With the roster loaded in the forward/power forward position (Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, Hamady N’Diaye and Travis Outlaw), the Kings must consider shopping Thompson.

JT’s five-year stint with the Kings has been a drag-on process. Improvements have come in severe moderation while fans must watch the ironically repetitive process: JT strings together a few solid quarters, maybe even games, only to regress back to mediocrity before anyone actually believes the improvement they’re seeing are real. This has been the reality for Kings teams the past five years, and signing new players like Derrick Williams doesn’t make sense when you’re already financially invested in Landry and Thompson. Patterson and Outlaw have been playing the majority of minutes at the small forward position; each is a talented player, but would probably not start on any other roster in the NBA.

After years of lottery draft picks, the Kings are at a point where they must evaluate their current assets and aggressively shop those desirable enough to help land another All-Star caliber player in Sacramento. Andre Iguodola came close to signing with the Kings in the offseason, and attaining someone of his caliber won’t be easy, but luckily, the Kings have some desirable players. They can offer solid role players (Outlaw, Thompson, Marcus Thornton, Williams and maybe even include Greivis Vasquez) to anyone in the playoff race who is looking to add some depth. For instance, give Jimmer Freddette minutes and see if he impresses. If he does, all the sudden your talking about him being one of the best quick-hit scorers off the bench in the entire league.

Essentially, the Kings cannot be afraid to take chances and make serious roster changes. Keep Cousins and Ben McLemore set in stone and don’t be afraid to deal any other players. The Kings have had many close games with top tier teams so far this year; maybe adding some defensive specialists (recently lost Luc Mbah a Moute) and proven scorers could help put them over the hump.

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