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: Kevin Huerter

The Kings cannot run it back and expect a better result. Their top-five in minutes per game all played in 72 or more contests this season. Their two All-Stars are in their prime. Keegan Murray should improve, but that alone won’t lift them into title contention. Upgrading their roster means sending significant money out, and Huerter is the most likely option.

The 6’7 wing averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per game this season. Sacramento gave up a first-round draft pick to acquire him and would love to get some win-now help if they decide to deal him.

Huerter has two years and $34.8 million remaining on his contract. The Kings could look to improve their defense and round out their roster by trading him. They would not be selling high. Huerter had season-ending shoulder surgery in late March but should be ready for the start of the 2024-25 season.

The 25-year-old is a plus-shooter but must improve to get more playing time. Keon Ellis impressed in the later stages of the season and further tightens next season's wing rotation in Sacramento.

Kevin Huerter is the most likely Sacramento King to be traded this summer, but he may not be the only wing who leaves. Keeping one of the league's best sixth men won't be cheap.