In a recent Q&A with Akis Yerocostas, editor of SB Nation’s Sactown Royalty, as part of our ongoing Top Bloggers series, he opined that the Kings were better off not having signed Wesley Matthews or Monta Ellis, whom they were reportedly targeting, and instead splitting their cap space between Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos and Marco Belinelli.
Yerocostas’ full response to our query was, “I’m actually a bit happier that the Kings missed out on those two bigger names. While I would have loved to have a player of Matthews’ caliber on the team, the fact that he’s coming off of a major injury makes me a little squeamish about offering him what would have been the second biggest contract on the team. Ellis would have been a smaller financial commitment, but I’ve never been a fan of his fit on a team that already features two heavy usage scorers in DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. The Kings were instead able to use that money to acquire some solid depth at key positions. Rajon Rondo might not be the Rondo of old anymore, but he’s still a top-tier playmaker and is only locked down for one year (meaning the Kings can cut ties pretty easily if things don’t work out). Koufos was probably one of the best bench bigs in the league last season and will bring a real defensive presence in the middle, and Belinelli brings the kind of shooting the Kings have been lacking for years. I don’t know if the Kings would have been able to add as much depth if they had signed Matthews or Ellis.”
This brings me to the question/topic of the day: Would the Kings have been better served to land either Wesley Matthews or Monta Ellis this summer, or was adding more depth across the board a better move for the team in the long run?
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