The Sacramento Kings have gone all season with a full roster but that is no longer the case. On Friday, the Kings chose to waive forward Chima Moneke, opening up a roster spot for the first time all season.
Moneke has spent some of the season with the Kings G-League affiliate, the Stockton Kings. He has appeared in only two NBA games this season, which are the only two NBA appearances he has made in his career so far.
Kings Waive Chima Moneke
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 7, 2023
He was occupying a valuable roster spot for Sacramento and the final decision had to be made on whether he could contribute to this squad at the NBA level or if it would be best for the organization to open up the roster spot he has been occupying. Ultimately, the Kings chose to open that roster spot and when all things are considered, that looks like the right move in this situation.
The Kings have a number of needs they must address before this year’s NBA trade deadline. While there are players they should be pursuing on the trade market, there are also valuable skill sets that can be found in the free agent pool.
By opening up a roster spot, the Kings can now consider a number of players with NBA experience as options for the rest of the season. Not only does this move open up options for the remainder of the year, it also means the Kings can be active on the 10-day contract market.
This is a great way to get a test run on a player and see how they look while also getting a glimpse of how they look alongside the team’s roster. The Kings significantly increased their flexibility by opening up this roster spot.
Sacramento Kings have areas to address
Despite an already surprising and mostly impressive season, the Kings know they have plenty of work to do if they are going to maximize their talent this season. The roster has shaped up very well and the sky seems to be the limit moving forward, though there are certainly massive holes and weaknesses that can be addressed.
Depth at the center position is one area the Kings could look to improve with this open roster spot. Another area worth considering depth upgrades would be wing defenders.
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