Last evening, Kings play-by-play man and local radio host Grant Napear dropped a bomb saying that the Kings had made a “good” offer to a “big name free agent who King fans would love”. In addition to his cryptic description, Napear also mentioned that the player was not an All-Star last season and informed his listeners that the player wasn’t a guard…and that he was also a player the “Kings weren’t afraid to spend money on”.
So that leaves me to wonder – just who exactly would he be referring to?
Nixing any potential guards (sorry Chauncey Billups pipe-dreams), you’re looking at potential free agent big men and forwards.
Some initially thought it would be David West who the Kings were gunning for – a high quality player who has been semi-forgotten about due to his knee injury. But a few hours later, we learned that West was in a sign and trade deal to the Boston Celtics, so that’s a no go.
Many thought it was former King Peja Stojakovic, who Napear is close with – but Grant made mention that the player is an upgrade over the projected starter. With that taken into account, it’s reasonable to assume that the player is either a small forward or another big man who would start opposite of DeMarcus Cousins.
While the Grizzlies Marc Gasol would be universally loved, Grant also made mention that the deal (which he claimed as 50/50) would be done early as today – and given the fact that Gasol is a restricted free agent and it would take up to three days for the Grizzlies to match, it seems as if the young big man isn’t the mystery player.
There aren’t a lot of top notch name big men out there (sans Gasol, Dalembert and Nene) – and if it’s not one of them, is it safe to assume that the mystery player is a small forward?