4 Kings who definitely won't be back, 3 who shouldn't return next season

These Kings likely won’t return to Sacramento for the 2024-25 season.
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Shouldn’t return: Sasha Vezenkov

The Kings signed the reigning EuroLeague MVP to a three-year deal worth nearly $20 million in the 2023 offseason. There were high expectations for the 6’9 forward and plenty of talk about his uncanny shooting ability. Most thought Vezenkov would play a key role, but he has yet to find his fit.

The 28-year-old dealt with injuries but appeared in just 42 contests in his first NBA season. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. His playing time was inconsistent. It made it difficult to find a rhythm, but Vezenkov has no regrets about coming to the NBA.

The Kings owe him $6.6 million next season and have a $6.9 million team option for the 2025-26 season. Sacramento has decisions to make this summer. If they plan on re-signing Malik Monk, the Kings will be near the luxury tax line. Dumping Vezenkov’s contract could keep them under and save ownership millions.

Vezenkov is in the middle of his prime. He will work on his game, but fans should not expect massive growth. The 6’9 forward is a plus shooter but will struggle to score, defend, and create open shots in the NBA. The Kings should move on, but finding a taker may prove difficult. Sasha Vezenkov is virtually on an expiring contract, so convincing a rebuilding team to trade for him is possible.