While the Sacramento Kings continue to be one of the NBA’s more surprising teams this season it’s clear the players and coaches have bigger goals in mind than to end the season simply as surprise performers. This team believes in themselves and see the sky as the limit not only this season but for the coming seasons.
It’s inspiring for a fan base that desperately needed some sort of inspiration. Now, the Kings have decisions to make regarding how they want to move forward with their roster both at this year’s trade deadline and during the upcoming offseason.
For example, veteran forward Harrison Barnes is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Will the Kings view him as someone worth investing heavily in for years to come? Or will he be someone they are looking to replace while the team continues to grow and develop?
There are plenty of questions that need answering, many of which are too early to be answered right now. One thing we do know, though, is that the Kings don’t plan on sitting on their hands and being content with a solid season. They are actively pursuing their options to upgrade the roster.
That is smart. Even if a championship run this season is never in the Kings list of outcomes, they can begin working toward that goal for next season and the season after by making savvy moves at this year’s deadline. Much like when they acquired Domantas Sabonis in season, the Kings can target a player and get him at the deadline this year.
Someone who fills a void both short-term and long-term. The most obvious spot on this roster for years to come would be on the wing alongside rookie forward Keegan Murray.
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report mentioned a list of players the Kings could pursue at the deadline this year. Some names involved are familiar to Kings fans while some may come as a bit of a surprise. Can they afford any one of these players? That is debatable, but we aren’t here to answer that. Instead, we look to answer whether the Kings should pass on these players or if they should pursue them ahead of this year’s trade deadline.