The Sacramento Kings must look to improve the roster following a disappointing first-round playoff loss. In the playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, the Kings blew a 2-0 series lead, and it is clear that some changes need to be made. Do not expect a super busy offseason, as I know Sacramento wants to keep the core together after a successful regular season with 48 wins.
The only true untouchable on this roster is All-NBA point guard De’Aaron Fox, as GM Monte McNair could look to trade anyone else to build around Fox. After signing him to a 5-year extension worth $163 million, the Kings showed their commitment to Fox.
As the Kings look to make some changes to make a playoff run next season, here are the top six realistic trade assets they could use to make moves this 2023 offseason:
6. 2023 1st round pick
The Sacramento Kings hold the 24th overall pick in this year’s draft, and while the Kings can not technically trade this pick due to not having a 1st-round pick in 2024, they can trade whoever they select. This pick is not worth much as it is a late 1st rounder, but if a prospect falls to pick 24 that another team is interested in, it could get interesting.
The Kings might not want to take on a young rookie and could package this pick with a player to receive someone that could contribute immediately. This 2023 draft class is loaded with talent, so it would not be a surprise if an impressive prospect fell to the Kings. While I do not think Sacramento will trade this pick, it could be needed to get another deal done.
I would rather have the Kings take a chance on a talented rookie with the pick, but it may be a valuable pick for another team, which could be worth trading.