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Will the Kings make a day one splash in free agency?

Free agency begins at 3 PM PT.
By | 55 Comments | Jun 30, 2024

Oct 10, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) celebrates a score with forward Naji Marshall (8) against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency kicks off today at 3 PM PT, and nobody seems to know what the Kings might be up to. Thursday’s trade opens up use of the full MLE, and the Kings still have the Bi-Annual Exception available, but both deals come with cap ramifications under the new CBA. Spotrac’s Keith Smith shared a very useful reference chart that I expect to use a lot in the days to come:

The biggest domino in free agency this year is Paul George, who officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers yesterday.  The Kings themselves aren’t likely to be in the Paul George sweepstakes, as landing him would require a sign-and-trade and seems quite far-fetched.

Klay Thompson is another big name to watch, as it seems likely he’s going to actually leave the Warriors. Dallas and the Lakers are being mentioned as potential landing spots for him.

Among MLE targets for the Kings, I’m a big fan of Naji Marshall. He’s a big wing who produced well for the Pelicans but didn’t get a big opportunity due to the Pels having 4000 wing players. Exactly the type of player that makes sense for the Kings in free agency in the sense that he fills a positional need, adds size, and has potential to be better in a bigger role.

Jalen Smith could be another name to watch after he opted out of the final year of his deal with the Pacers. Smith is a productive big man and just 24 years old.

Caleb Martin is another wing I wouldn’t be mad to see the Kings sign. He opted out of his deal to become an unrestricted free agent. He doesn’t have the flash or upside of of Marshall or Smith, and is a little older than the Kings ideal timeline, but he’s a solid veteran wing.

The Kings also have the option to use the MLE in a trade for a player under contract for less than the MLE, which could be an interesting option if the Kings are otherwise striking out.

Free agency kicking off can also spark offseason trade activity. The Kings have been linked to a number of players dating back to the previous trade deadline. We know the Kings are shopping Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter. They’ve been linked to players like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Jerami Grant. Can Monte McNair get a trade across the finish line?

Hopefully we get to enjoy a flurry of activity at the start of free agency, rather than the league sitting around waiting on Paul George. But as we kick off free agency I also want to take a moment to appreciate that we aren’t panicking about Malik Monk leaving. Watching some of the other extensions being signed, it feels more and more like Monk’s deal is a bargain, and I’m happy that we’re looking at roster improvement rather than trying to figure out how to replace Monk’s impact.

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RikSmits
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June 30, 2024 7:29 am

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TheGrantNapear
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June 30, 2024 7:32 am
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Gonna be a wild day and a hot week in Sac, stay cool out there.

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June 30, 2024 10:24 am
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I only just got a portable AC unit last summer (my apartment doesn’t have AC). Even though I don’t live in Sac (Mountain View), the South Bay still can get quite hot at times. I wouldn’t survive this upcoming heatwave if I didn’t have the AC.

TheGrantNapear
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June 30, 2024 7:31 am

-CHI signs Patrick Williams for 5/90.
Claxton 4/100
Quicklu 5/175
The Monk deal is such a steal.
-Richaun Holmes signs with the Wizards.
-76ers front runners for PG.
-Fakers may trade for Klay. Makes sense, pair two of the most entitled players in the NBA with one another.

I don’t get the sense we’ll make a day one move, Monte seems like the wait and see type.

My crazy hope is we end up with this starting lineup:

Fox
Monk/Ellis
Keegan
Lauri
Domas

RikSmits
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June 30, 2024 7:33 am
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I don’t see how you get Lauri without trading Keegan.

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June 30, 2024 8:22 am
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No chance without Keegan, unless maybe a 3rd team is involved, and even then u don’t think it happens. That’s why I crossed Lauri off the wishlist months ago.

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June 30, 2024 8:29 am
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Would you trade Keegan for Lauri straight up?

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June 30, 2024 8:47 am
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That’s a tough one. I love Keegan, but the FO has to do something to show that they are serious about getting to the next level (like, winning a play-off series).

Ultimately, if you can trade an established but still young star for an up and coming guy who may or may not get there, you have to do it.

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June 30, 2024 9:38 am
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I agree, I would make that trade as well.

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June 30, 2024 12:50 pm
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this is tough because LM might be better right now but the cost is Keegan + and there is still a hole in the lineup. Hence, marginal improvement at one spot and don’t address total needs
if the Kings had 5 solid guys in the lineup, then this makes sense , one of the 5 gets better.

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June 30, 2024 2:49 pm
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It could be seen as a Haliburton<->Sabonis, second verse

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June 30, 2024 8:10 am
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Patrick Williams got paid and hasn’t really shown much, and is injured frequently.

Holmes somehow still gets deals for not being very good.

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June 30, 2024 8:28 am
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The Williams deal is perplexing.

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June 30, 2024 8:16 am

Naji Marshall and Isaiah Stewart would help. Not significant roster upgrades overall, but tough defenders and capable offensive players at positions of need.

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June 30, 2024 8:29 am
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They would be good signings with whatever exceptions we have. We need better depth on this roster.

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June 30, 2024 8:39 am
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Stewart would need to be traded for. Idk the market for Marshall. More than the BAE, but less than the full MLE. Maybe 3 years/$21m?

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June 30, 2024 12:52 pm
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they would help. The FA is a better deal.
But this is just adding more tier 6 guys- Kings need a tier 1 or 2.

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June 30, 2024 8:30 am

Happy 59th birthday to the original The Rock, Mitch Richmond. Still my all time favorite King.

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June 30, 2024 8:59 am
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He is my all time favorite King by far. He is the reason as a kid I fell in love with the Kings and basketball. The man has always been a class act. I remember my 8 year old self being so proud when MJ called him his toughest defender. The days before every game was televised and I had listened to every game on Hot Talk 1140. Billy Owens for Mitch Richmond Is best trade in Kings history.

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June 30, 2024 9:40 am

I remember my 8 year old self being so proud when MJ called him his toughest defender.

I remember that too haha.

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June 30, 2024 9:58 am

What about Otis Thorpe for Jim Peterson and Rodney McCray?

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June 30, 2024 8:43 am

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June 30, 2024 8:45 am
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“Monteball!!!”

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June 30, 2024 9:01 am
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That’ll leave a mark…

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June 30, 2024 9:20 am
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You’ll bruise your Kuzma.

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June 30, 2024 9:05 am
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Ice cold.

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June 30, 2024 11:34 am
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and it looked like his free agents were unrestricted! Yikes!

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June 30, 2024 1:22 pm
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Jason Thompson knows this all too well

https://x.com/jtthekid/status/436227725058002944

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June 30, 2024 2:22 pm
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This made me laugh

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June 30, 2024 8:53 am

I’ll be at a Nascar race when free agency begins. Hoping to get good news when I check out the signings later in the day. Go Kings!

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June 30, 2024 9:08 am

what about Slo-Mo?

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June 30, 2024 9:17 am
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I liked him, but he seems to have lost a step or two (yes, that was tongue in cheek).

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June 30, 2024 1:23 pm
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Give me all the RikSmits dad jokes!

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June 30, 2024 9:50 am
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I wasn’t impressed with him during Minny’s playoff run. Plus we need more athleticism at the wing imo.

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June 30, 2024 10:01 am
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in terms of athleticism, it might be comparable to Beef Stew who some people mentioned here (and you okay’d)

the team needs to improve in the half-court. having a point forward who processes at a high level could help with that.

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June 30, 2024 10:08 am
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however, I don’t have any info on his eyes, the type of surgery he had, any possible effects on vision, etc. that would be my biggest question.

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June 30, 2024 9:21 am

Finally, we make a move!!!

Alex Len intends to sign a one-year, $3.3 million deal to return to the Sacramento Kings, sources tell @TheAthletic

@Stadium

. Len will enter his fourth straight season as a reserve center in Sacramento.

https://x.com/ShamsCharania/status/1807448400108962240

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June 30, 2024 9:29 am
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We need a Banner Now….

Nevertheless, still a good sign….IMO

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June 30, 2024 9:35 am
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Serviceable. I like him.

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June 30, 2024 9:41 am
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Monte’s work is done…on to training camp.

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June 30, 2024 9:38 am

There’s the splash Kings fans are looking for:

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vs the splash Monte delivers!

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June 30, 2024 9:40 am

A 6’10” PF who rebounds or don’t bother

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June 30, 2024 9:42 am
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Does he count?
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June 30, 2024 9:50 am
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I’m sure Bagley thinks he counts.
Hilarious the contract DET gave him.

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June 30, 2024 12:53 pm
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he is under contract?

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June 30, 2024 1:43 pm
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DET gave him 3/38, UFA next offseason in case Monte is interested in filling the PF position.

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June 30, 2024 2:20 pm
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Bagley > Wiseman

The Ultimate Battle of Misbegotten Penultimate Draft Picks

A sad synopsis of Northern California sports basketball speculation

It’s a solid statement of how even the mavens at Golden State, who hold up Steph, Dray and Klay as proof of their prowess are still just gamblers at their core, and luck is a tickled fate.

Of course, Vlade gets and deserved earned no such regard. His drafting (and trades, signings and non-signings/extensions) is as woeful and sad as any sports franchise can have. The laughing stock of Vivek’s managerial reign was at it’s peak- one can only pray that Sacramento has suffered the last shaka of his input to the decision making arm of his governorship.

sigh.

Hey – has the. bell rung on the 2024 Free Agency yet?

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June 30, 2024 11:22 am

The Jazz are in the PG sweepstakes. WTF.

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June 30, 2024 1:03 pm

I hope for something, but prepare for nothing. Nothing big, at least. And no, signing Jalen Smith wouldn’t be considered “big” any more acquiring Chris Duarte was big. Signing a backup 4 to be your starting 4 is not big, it is marginal—some would say it is lame. I’ve been one of MM’s defenders lately re: his conservatism and willingness to play it safe, but clearly this is no longer the time for that approach. That gets you from bad to okay/good, but not from okay/good to the ranks of legit contenders. Show us what you’re made of, Monte.

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June 30, 2024 2:27 pm
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big=productive; see Keon Ellis

It doesn’t really matter how you acquired him or what you paid as long as he’s impactful.

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June 30, 2024 4:26 pm
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Of course. I just doubt signing a lightly regarded piece would end up being very productive.

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June 30, 2024 1:25 pm

Kings declined two ways on J. Ford and Slawson, right? How about M. Jones?
Miami, of course, signed a couple of undrafted guys to two way deals.

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June 30, 2024 3:01 pm

This is interesting (not for Sacramento, but in general)

The Warriors are waiving guard Chris Paul, who had a $30M guarantee date today, sources tell ESPN. He becomes a free agent.

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June 30, 2024 3:06 pm
  • ESPN Sources: Restricted free agent F Obi Toppin intends to sign a four-year, $60 million contract to stay with the Indiana Pacers. Toppin emerged as a top bench contributor for the Eastern Conference finalists.
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July 1, 2024 9:39 am

But as we kick off free agency I also want to take a moment to appreciate that we aren’t panicking about Malik Monk leaving.

But if you weren’t panicking, would you even be a Kings fan?

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