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Monte McNair says roster is set and has good balance

McNair spoke to media Friday and said the roster has good balance in terms of skillset.

Sacramento Kings General Manager Monte McNair is happy with his roster makeup going into training camp and doesn't expect to make any further changes at the moment.

McNair spoke to media Friday and confirmed that, “This is going to be our team going in [to the season]." So that can probably put to rest any talks of Ben Simmons coming to Sacramento, at least for now.

McNair also went all in on this roster's construct.

"I look at our roster and I see a lot of versatility, guys that can slide, slide up, slide down, and really give us different looks. So, talking with Luke [Walton] I think we’re excited about the possibilities of different lineups, how we can matchup to different situations so I think we have actually pretty good roster balance in the sense of maybe not traditional thinking, but defensively, shooting, ball handling, I think we can put a lot of different lineups out there to matchup however we need," he said.

As has been discussed, all three of De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell and Tyrese Haliburton could theoretically slide to shooting guard and start there. Generally speaking, here is the current depth chart of the Kings:

PG - De'Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell
SG - Buddy Hield (?), Tyrese Haliburton (?), Terence Davis
SF - Harrison Barnes, Maurice Harkless, Louis King
PF - Marvin Bagley III, Chimezie Metu (?), Tristan Thompson (?)
C - Richaun Holmes, Alex Len, Tristan Thompson

You could throw Neemias Queta (C), Damian Jones (C) and Robert Woodward (F) in there if you would like. If Bagley can’t stay on the floor though, the Kings are clearly looking short on depth at power forward. That could be viewing it from a “traditional” sense, however, as McNair put it.  He outlined how depth and defense was a key goal this offseason.

“It was our goal going in to add depth and add defense and that’s a lens we looked through, it wasn’t the only one but certainly a lot of our moves, whether it was re-signing Moe [Harkless], or getting Alex Len, or drafting Davion, all those things will certainly tie in to helping our defense and I think looking up and down our roster - more size, more defensive acumen, and I think other guys have improved will continue to take steps on that end," McNair said. “I think, at least compared to last year, we have a lot of tools in the tool belt that Luke can do, whether he needs to match up smaller, bigger, more offense, more defense. I think the versatility of the roster, not just positionally, but skillset-wise is really interesting.”

So, what do you think? Do you agree with McNair?

Watch the full press conference below.

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Rosevillain
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September 24, 2021 3:08 pm

So, doing the same thing and expecting different results, right?

Malrock
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September 24, 2021 4:01 pm
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No no it is a slightly different thing which will lead to much improved results!

1951
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September 24, 2021 3:14 pm

“I didn’t agree to a trade that would have balanced the roster. Didn’t happen. We are balanced.”
— Doc McNair

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TitleChaser
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September 24, 2021 3:18 pm

If he’s trying to indicate that he won’t just give away the roster, and is trying to express confidence in who’s here, that’s fine. If he really believes the shit he’s saying, and it results in what everyone expects, I hope he’s on the first plane outta here come summer.

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Marty
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September 24, 2021 3:46 pm
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I’m sure this is simply a place to jump start his GM career and nothing more.

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September 24, 2021 5:13 pm
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I don’t know if utterly failing in Sacramento is exactly the best jumping off point for GMs around the league. Definitely didn’t launch D’Alessandro to the stars.

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September 24, 2021 10:53 pm
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Getting out of basketball hell is a reward in itself.

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September 24, 2021 8:50 pm
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Thats exactly what he is doing, the whole world knows about our desire to balance our roster and trade buddy, but the key word he used was ” we need to stay diciplined”. In other words we are happy to roll our unbalanced but talented roster over giving away our assets. The message to other gms is clear now. We have less to lose then philly staying with our roster they have to bring their price down to do business. Buddy, Bagley, a few farm system players and a 1st and a swap should be more then enough in a couple of weeks.

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September 24, 2021 3:30 pm

I got 6 Phillips head screwdrivers, 2 flathead screwdrivers, one 10mm socket, 4 pair of tin snips and a monkey wrench. Let’s go pull that transmission…

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September 25, 2021 7:57 am
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The tin snips is a nice touch. Not that I’ve ever dropped a trans or done a motor swap, though.

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