Apparently, a sample size of two games simply isn’t enough for Geoff Petrie and the Kings front office. While the Kings decided not to extend a qualifying offer to Power Forward Ike Diogu earlier this month (an offer that would have cost the Kings between 3-4 million dollars), it appears the Kings have little intention of offering Diogu any contract.
With the Kings in a cost cutting mode, low on backup big men reserves, and only around 7 million dollars under the cap, it was widely expected that Diogu would be back in Sacramento on the cheap this coming season. But with a new report from Sam Amick and with the Kings working out Sean May in Las Vegas yesterday, things look bleak for a return to the Kings.
Amick spoke with Diogu’s agent yesterday, and his agent chimed in with this:
“I haven’t had any conversations with them (since the offer was declined),” Thaddeus Foucher said. “With the way they finished up, I thought we could’ve got something done really quick, but obviously they went in a different direction and that’s their prerogative. (But) if you look at the team and what they need, I think he’d be a perfect fit.”
Digou is an undersized Power Forward, and has been an underachiever since being picked 9th by the Golden State Warriors a few seasons back, however, he’s never really been given a chance. Granted he only played heavy minutes in two games last season after coming over in a trade deadline deal, but he tore apart those final two games collecting 32 points and 11 rebounds against Denver and 28 points and 13 rebounds versus the Timberwolves.
With very few options available, especially cheap options, it’s pretty odd the Kings haven’t at least had conversations with Diogu, as a backup big man is a serious need for the current roster.