As The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported, Andre Iguodala canceled his free agent meetings after meeting with the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The Golden State Warriors then offered Iguodala a three-year, $48 million contact, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Yesterday, Iguodala was named as one of three free agents the Kings had interest in. P.J Tucker and Patrick Patterson were the other two.
The Kings struck out on Iguodala, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he’s accepted a contract offer from the Warriors. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Iguoala re-signed with the Warriors for three years and $48 million. The same thing happened with the Kings again with Tucker. They secured a meeting with Tucker in Philadelphia on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. However, with the Houston Rockets needing to re-up on a defender after Iguodala’s decision, Tucker agreed to sign a four-year, $32 million contract with Houston early on Sunday morning.
Nonetheless, the Kings have kept with their aggressive approach in free agency.
On Saturday afternoon, USA Today’s Sam Amick also named Danilo Gallinari and Taj Gibson as targets for the Sacramento Kings. Amick also reports that coveted free agent forward Paul Millsap is unlikely to sign with the Kings.
While Tucker and Patterson are players that would be expected to come off the bench for the Kings, Gallinari and Gibson would be quality starters.
Gallinari has an injury history but he’s a combo forward who’ll thrive in the post and knock down shots behind-the-line. He made 51.9% of his post-ups last season and 40.0% of his catch-and-shoot threes last season. Because he’s an able ball-handler with a solid jump shoot, a good athlete and has good size for a forward at 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, he’s a player that will be solid in the pick-and-roll as a ball-handler (1.06 PPP last season) or roll-man (1.18 PPP last season). Altogether, Gallinari will be a player who the Kings can use in a variety of lineups and feature him as a scorer (averaged 18.2 points per game last season).
Gibson is a tough interior defender with the ability to score inside and shoot out to the midrange area. Because he’s a mobile player with a smooth gait for a power forward, he’s another player that the Kings can utilize in a variety of lineups. He’ll likely be asked to play center some for Sacramento, as Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis aren’t reliable scorers at the center position. While Cauley-Stein is the more explosive athlete, Gibson is more consistent on both ends of the floor due to his skillset and experience as a nine-year veteran.
According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings are particularly interested in Zach Randolph. Randolph is a constant double-double threat and a low-post scoring machine who can score out to the midrange. He and Kings head coach Dave Joerger spent three seasons together with the Memphis Grizzlies. Randolph would be a rough and tough addition for the Kings frontline and would help the young Kings identify themselves as a physical team.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has mentioned that the Kings have interest in shooting guard Dion Waiters. Waiters experienced a breakout season with the Miami Heat in 2016 with averages of 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 42.4% from the floor and 39.5% from three-point range. A player who doesn’t lack for confidence, in a Lou Williams meets Lance Stephenson mash-up, the 25-year-old Waiters would likely come to the Kings in a sixth man role with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield slated as the backcourt of the future.
Bojan Bogdanovic is not to be confused with Kings’ rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 24-year-old shooting guard who has constantly made headlines on the international stage. However, the Kings are interested in his services as well; he too is a solid three-point threat with solid size for his position (Bojan is a 6-foot-8 small forward).
The Kings won’t be signing all of these players but they’re targeting the right type of talent.