What the Sacramento Kings need to do now
It appears that the Kings are attempting to use freshly acquired Chris Duarte as a cheap option at the backup 3, and there also could be a possibility that the Kings put together a package for Raptors stars Pascal Siakam or OG Anunoby. However, there is no way of telling what will happen in the remainder of this off-season, or what the Kings would have to give up to make such a trade happen.
One thing is still clear – the Kings need to put a final plan into solving their wing depth and desperately need a backup center (something that has been largely ignored). One Sabonis injury can easily send the Kings into a spiral of losses, and discredit an incredible year after an NBA-record 16-year playoff drought.
One option at the center could be two-way player Neemias Queta, who was recently offered a new two-way contract. Queta is a 7-footer and has dominated the G League with Sacramento’s affiliate Stockton Kings. Letting Queta get his chance at proving himself in the league could be the direction the Kings take, and while this is ultimately a great and cheap play, it obviously is coming with risks of adapting to a faster level of play instead of acquiring a proven NBA-level center.
The Kings have some room to target some lower-profile free agents, so for now, we wait to see what moves they make.
After all that has happened, it is clear that there are details behind the scenes that we are unaware of, and Kings fans should put their trust in Monte to make the best decisions available. The Kings may just have to go through a bit more growth before they can be a contending team.