Although the Sacramento Kings lost Isaiah Thomas in free agency, with he, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup the team put up a record in the .500 range. No, that’s not enough to get you into the postseason in the Western Conference but with another year of growth and additional pieces still hopeful to come, general manager Pete D’Alessadro is hoping for a playoff birth this season.
D’Alessandro, who will embark on his second season as GM of the Kings expressed such a sentiment to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
“We want to make the playoffs next season. We want that for our fans. We’re trying to make the right moves, but aggressive moves,” said Pete D’Alessandro. “To me, people say, “Well, it’s the West.” But I don’t want to use the West as an excuse for anything. To me, it should be our opportunity to motivate our guys, it should be a challenge to our players: “You’re in the West, so do it in the West. I thought what Phoenix did last year was phenomenal; they were right there on the doorstep. So how do we get ourselves to the point where every night the game matters? That’s what we want. That’s what we want for this year.”
There’s no doubt that Sacramento is a team on the rise, though, it remains to be seen just how quickly they’ll be able to elevate in a tough conference.
Certainly nothing wrong with Pete D’Alessandro’s goals though and it’s nice to have a general manager and ownership who, you know, actually want to be productive and build a contender.