2. Standing Pat on the roster
The second disastrous mistake to avoid is standing pat on their roster. The team can not afford to get worse. That would be completely unacceptable. Also, the team can not just run it back with this same group. For the Kings to make the necessary leap, roster changes must be in order.
The Kings souped up the team with a process that started at the 2022 trade deadline with the Tyrese Haliburton trade that netted Domantas Sabonis. Then other building blocks were brought in: Keegan Murray, Malik Monk, and Kevin Huerter. The Kings then rode out the rest of the season with no significant roster changes.
The Kings have $23 million in cap space which is not much. That means the front office must get creative to improve the roster. The team has enough cap space to make one or maybe two impact moves. The good thing for the Kings is the 2023 free-agent class is not full of headline-grabbing players.
It is full of a nice chunk of role players, which the Kings will be looking for. They want players that can fill in the hustle role and be ready to do any task asked of on the court or be a specialist of some sort. The team needs to upgrade the roster, no matter what, to continue their success.
The Sacramento Kings finally made it out of the NBA purgatory this past season. Now the expectations will be unlike they have ever been before.