11 Players the Kings never should have gambled on

The Sacramento Kings regretted acquiring these talents.

Sacramento Kings, Marvin Bagley III
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8. Arron Afflalo

Afflalo was a role player for nine seasons on five different teams before arriving in Sacramento. The 31-year-old was a strong floor spacer and shot-maker who was primarily a starter for seven straight years. The Kings were coming off a 33-win season and hoping to make a playoff push when they inked Afflalo to a two-year $25 million contract.

He lasted just one year in Sactown. Afflalo shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range, but his minutes and production declined. His 25.9 minutes per game were his lowest since 2009 and he averaged under ten points per game for the first time since 2010. There was tension about him entering games, and the fit just was not there with the Kings.

Sacramento won just 32 games and released Arron Afflalo after just one year. The Kings paid him $1.5 million of his $12.5 million salary for the 2017-18 season. He signed with the Magic, but his production slipped further in what would be his final NBA campaign. It was a quick decline for the 6’5 wing, and the Kings wisely cut bait when they did.

It was another cautionary tale of signing veteran role players in their 30s. It does not always work out as planned and can go south quickly.