Hoops Rumors is breaking down the 2019 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting the summer’s free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll evaluate each team’s moves from the last several months and look ahead to what the 2019/20 season holds for all 30 franchises. Today, we’re focusing on the Sacramento Kings.
- Standard contracts:
- Harrison Barnes: Four years, $85MM. Re-signed using Bird rights.
- Dewayne Dedmon: Three years, $40MM. Third year partially guaranteed ($1MM). Signed using cap room.
- Cory Joseph: Three years, $37.2MM. Third year partially guaranteed ($4MM). Signed using cap room.
- Trevor Ariza: Two years, $25MM. Second year partially guaranteed ($1.8MM). Signed using cap room.
- Richaun Holmes: Two years, $9.77MM. Signed using room exception.
- Tyler Lydon: Two years, minimum salary. First year partially guaranteed ($50K). Second year non-guaranteed.
- Hollis Thompson: One year, minimum salary. Partially guaranteed.
- Tyler Ulis: One year, minimum salary. Partially guaranteed.
- Two-way contracts:
- Non-guaranteed camp contracts:
- Acquired the draft rights to Kyle Guy (No. 55 pick) and cash ($1MM) from the Knicks in exchange for the draft rights to Ignas Brazdeikis (No. 47 pick).
- 2-40: Justin James — Signed to three-year, minimum salary contract. Third year non-guaranteed. Signed using cap room.
- 2-55: Kyle Guy — Signed to two-way contract.
- 2-60: Vanja Marinkovic — Will play overseas.
- Corey Brewer
- Alec Burks
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- B.J. Johnson (waived)
- Kosta Koufos
- Frank Mason (waived)
- Troy Williams (two-way)
Other offseason news:
- Fired head coach Dave Joerger.
- Hired Luke Walton as new head coach.
- Walton investigated, cleared on sexual assault allegations.
- Hired Igor Kokoskov as assistant coach; hired Lindsey Harding as assistant coach; hired Stacey Augmon as assistant coach; hired Bob Beyer as assistant coach.
- Signed general manager Vlade Divac to contract extension.
- Hired Joe Dumars as special advisor.
- Fired assistant GM Brandon Williams.
Salary cap situation:
- Used cap space; now over the cap.
- Carrying approximately $112.46MM in guaranteed salary.
- No exceptions available.
Story of the summer:
No lottery team had a more encouraging 2018/19 season than the Kings, whose 39 wins were the franchise’s highest total since the 2005/06 campaign. Despite ultimately falling nine games short of a playoff spot, Sacramento was in contention for the No. 8 seed for most of the year and saw several encouraging signs from its young roster.
Buddy Hield made a persuasive case to be considered the NBA’s best high-volume shooter outside of Golden State (his 278 made three-pointers in a single season ranked third all-time among players not named Stephen Curry). Marvin Bagley III showed why the Kings’ decision to pass on Luka Doncic might not go down as a major gaffe. Harry Giles got healthy and made his NBA debut. And most importantly, De’Aaron Fox enjoyed a breakout season in which he flashed All-NBA upside.
On the heels of that promising season, the Kings entered the summer of 2019 with a ton of cap flexibility. However, the team also recognized that keeping its young core intact would mean retaining some of that cap flexibility for the next year or two, when players like Hield, Bogdanovic, and Fox are up for new contracts.
As such, the Kings didn’t go all-in on a single maximum-salary player, and mostly avoided long-term investments. Although they signed four veteran free agents to contracts exceeding $10MM per year, only one of those four – Harrison Barnes – received more than two fully guaranteed seasons.
That approach to summer spending was probably a necessary one — after all, superstar free agents didn’t enter the offseason with Sacramento atop their wish list. But it was also a savvy one. Those veteran signings could help the Kings take another step forward in 2019/20 without compromising their ability to retain the players who are most responsible for helping take them take their first big step forward in ’18/19.