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5 Ways to Fix the Sacramento Kings This Offseason

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5 Ways to Fix the Sacramento Kings This Offseason

Vivek Ranadive, Sacramento Kings
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The Sacramento Kings went into the 2013-14 season riding a tidal wave of hope, only to have it shattered by inconsistent play. But the team is heading in the right direction, and new owner Vivek Ranadive has pledged to do whatever it takes to make Sacramento a contender again. So what do the Kings have to do in the offseason in order to improve? Let's find out.

5. Expand Ray McCallum's Role

Ray McCallum, Sacramento Kings
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5. Expand Ray McCallum's Role

Ray McCallum, Sacramento Kings
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McCallum played well towards the end of the season when Isaiah Thomas went down with an injury. The Kings now have a backup point guard who can continue to push the pace when Thomas goes out, which may necessitate an expanded role for McCallum next season.

4. Figure Out Jason Thompson's Role

Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings
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4. Figure Out Jason Thompson's Role

Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings
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Thompson has the talent to be a great starting power forward on a contending team. But on a team like the Kings that has a glut of power forwards, Thompson gets lost in the shuffle. It is time for the Kings to either define his role here or trade him to a team that needs a strong power forward.

3. Ben McLemore Must Become a More Complete Player

Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings
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3. Ben McLemore Must Become a More Complete Player

Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings
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McLemore was second only to Victor Oladipo at the most "NBA ready" player in the 2013 NBA Draft. McLemore had his moments, but he also was an embodiment of the Kings' inconsistent play this season. Long story short: McLemore must be more consistent and begin to develop an all-around game next season.

2. Rudy Gay Must Play Like an All-Star

Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
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2. Rudy Gay Must Play Like an All-Star

Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
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Gay can be, and has proven to be, a nice sidekick to DeMarcus Cousins. But Gay must play at an All-Star level on a nightly basis in order for the Kings to be playoff contenders next season.

1. Sign DeMarcus Cousins to A Contract Extension

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
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1. Sign DeMarcus Cousins to A Contract Extension

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
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Say what you want about Cousins, but the man is one of the top big men in the NBA. He also showed remarkable maturity in another losing season. Cousins deserves to have a nice payday from Sacramento, and if the Kings expect to go far, then Cousins has to be their man.