2. George Hill
In 2017, the Kings signed a group of veterans; Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, and George Hill to provide some veteran leadership to their young players. None of these deals were especially great but Carter’s was by far the cheapest, and Randolph still had one good season left in the tank before being traded for Harrison Barnes. Hill, however, was signed a massive 3-year $57 million deal even though he was already thirty-one and the Kings had just drafted D’Aaron Fox as their point guard of the future.
Hill’s production dropped from 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists, to 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, marking his worst season since 2013-14. Realizing that Hill did not fit well with their young players and knowing that developing them had to be a priority, the Kings finalized a trade that would send Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That way they managed to get off his massive contract but did not get anything in return besides cap space.
It would have been a much better decision to just spend that money on a player, or maybe even players, who fit next to D’Aaron Fox as the Kings were trying to build a foundation for the future.