By Karim Akbar @Kuhreem on March 26, 2014
Once again, the Sacramento Kings will be playing the lottery. General manager Pete D'Alessandro has done much in just one year, but they were mostly foundational moves. In order to take the next step, the Kings will have to work some serious magic in free agency.
Here are five players they should pursue.
The Kings can get creative and go all in by throwing their hat in the Kevin Love race. Jason Thompson could be shopped sometime in the near future, thus clearing space in the rotation. At this point, the Kings would be a longshot to land Love's services, but Sacramento could really use a transformative big man, as that's something they've lacked since Chris Webber.
Isaiah Thomas has excelled as a starter and should improve when the season starts again, but adding insurance never hurt anybody. Signing a proven veteran who can still contribute like Collison, and adding him to a lineup that already includes rookie Ray McCallum, would give the Kings a potentially lethal backcourt.
This is more of a reaction move than a first strike. Rudy Gay holds a player option and may decide the Kings just aren't close enough to contending to stick around. In that case, Sacramento should get the jump on bringing in Trevor Ariza. Trevor won't fill the void left by Rudy Gay should he decide to bolt, but it would add a quality defender with just as much athleticism.
Plugging Jason Thompson into the trade machine for Arron Afflalo works for both the Kings and Orlando Magic. It also adds an estimated five game bump in wins for Sacramento, but if the team holds onto JT as planned, Sacramento could just sign Afflalo to a new deal. Long term Afflalo could be a great piece on a team that's looking to contend.
Gordon Hayward is the type of gritty scorer the Kings need in the backcourt. With Ben McLemore looking uncomfortable as a starter, bringing in Hayward would give Sacramento stability and depth moving forward.
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