The Sacramento Kings have likely missed their shot at Harry Giles’ future, and Bleacher Report is already predicting his new destination.
The Harry Giles contract situation has been one of the more scrutinized decisions that the Sacramento Kings have made in recent memory. There is a good chance that the third-year fan favorite will be signing elsewhere this offseason due to the Kings reluctance to extend his contract when they could have months ago.
In their article titled Predicting the 9 Biggest Steals in 2020 NBA Free Agency by Mandela Namaste that was released on April 11th, Bleacher Report highlighted Giles as the first entry on their list. They first went in to detail about his history, skillset, and contract situation, describing exactly why he would be a steal.
At the end of the section, they mention that Giles is likely to be picked up by a team like the Detroit Pistons or San Antonio Spurs, a team that “lacks salary cap space and needs to take personnel gambles in order to create excitement for the future.”
According to our friends over at PistonPowered, Detroit is projected to have about $40 million in cap space, which is plenty of money to be able to afford to take a chance on Giles’ immediate future. The Pistons could be losing Christian Wood to free agency, which would open up a big hole in their front court. Giles would presumably fill that role and be given more opportunities than he was in Sacramento.
But this is not a done deal. The Kings could theoretically get Giles back under contract, but it would take other teams backing off for that to happen. Judging by James Ham’s recent report that multiple teams inquired about Giles at the trade deadline, there should be at least a few suitors for his services. His short stay in Sacramento is almost as good as over.
So would we rather see him sign with the Pistons or the Spurs? Giles is one of those players that Kings fans are going to root for for the rest of his career, so we’d love to see him in a place where he is likely to succeed. The Spurs are on the decline from their prominence that lasted nearly two decades, but as long as Gregg Popovich is the coach, the players will be put in position to succeed.
The Pistons are in an on-going rebuild, so how Giles would perform through another developing team would remain to be seen. If he were to play in Detroit, then the Kings would only have to play against him twice being in a different conference.
Wherever Giles goes, we’ll be sure to keep an eye on his development and progress throughout his career. We just hope that we can watch him do it for our Kings.