Geoff Petrie, GM of the Sacramento Kings has said the club has two main priorities going into NBA free agency – getting Jason Thompson re-signed and more or less retaining swingman Terrence Williams, if at all possible.
And as NBA free agency is finally upon us, it appears both situations are starting off on the right track.
Thompson himself tweeted an optimistic message just about the time the NBA free agency period began and now the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones is reporting that the Kings have extended the olive branch to Williams:
The Kings have reached out to Terrence Williams
With few options at the three spot, especially given Tyreke Evans‘ reluctance at the position, the Kings are in need of a small forward and it’s hard to imagine they’ll find one with more talent, at a more team friendly price then Williams. The former Louisville Cardinal was on his best behavior during his short stint in Sacramento last year, showing no signs of the issues that forced his release in Houston – so hopefully, for the sake of Williams and the Kings, any problems he once had are now in the past.
Talent has never been the question with Williams. On ability alone, he was a potential top five pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, but outside issues and perceived red flags dropped T-Will to the late Lotto before he played his way out of New Jersey and Houston with poor decisions and immaturity. Assuming Williams has finally got past those demons, the Kings could find themselves with a hell of a steal on a reasonable deal – and those are the risks you have to take if you’re Sacramento.