There are a few teams who have Kings center Samuel Dalembert at the top of their free agent list – one such team would be the New York Knicks.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, so do the Kings.
Kings owner Gavin Maloof told The Post at the lottery he will attempt to re-sign Samuel Dalembert, whom the Knicks could snatch if they offer a long-term mid-level deal.
Maloof said the Kings have the most cap space in the league. Nevertheless, Sacramento is stocked with young big men.
“We want to look at trying to sign Samuel,” Maloof said. “We obviously like his skill. We have cap space. We’re going to spend some money this year. We have DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson, but Sam was a big part of our resurgence at the end of the year. Hopefully we can look at re-signing him. We have money. We’ll spend it.”
I’m all for bringing back Sammy (assuming the contract is reasonable) as are the vast majority of King fans. Sam wanted to play in Sacramento for quite some time – and finally got his wish. I have a difficult time seeing him leave without some major contractual issues.
In other King free agent news, guess who was spotted at Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lotto with Kevin Johnson? None other than Kings guard Marcus Thornton. Thornton, who enters the free agent market as a restricted free agent (meaning the Kings can match any offer, if they so desire) told the Bee’s Jason Jones he intends to return to the Kings this season (and beyond):
Seeing Marcus Thornton at Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery party was a bit unusual. It’s not often players not under contract for next season make an appearance at an event after the season.
Thornton is a restricted free agent so I had to ask him if his appearance meant he planned to be a King next season. After a brief pause Thornton answered in the affirmative.
“Yeah…Yeah man,” Thornton said. “These fans are great. I fit in so well with this team it would be great to play here but the summer is the summer.”
So no – the draft lotto didn’t go as planned – so let’s hope the free agency period does.