How do the Sacramento Kings build off a noteworthy offseason that’s included the signing of veterans Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter, as well as a promising draft?
Answer: By avoiding past mistakes, wrote excellent beat reporter Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
“It might not seem urgent, because the Kings like their roster and plans this offseason, but until their front office is complete, they run the risk of missing on future deals should opportunities arise,” Jones wrote.
Jones was referring to the team’s need to replace Scott Perry as the vice president of basketball operations. Perry left for the general manager position with the New York Knicks. But before he did, he made quite a mark.
Perry didn’t even take the Kings job until April (after five years with the Orlando Magic). During his short stint in Sacramento, the Kings signed Randolph, Hill and Carter in free agency, and selected point guard De’Aaron Fox, small forward Justin Jackson and big man Harry Giles in the draft. They also nabbed national college player of the year and point guard Frank Mason III in the second round.
That’s quite an electrifying summer for a team that could’ve used one. So what’s next?
Replacing Perry, and keeping a good thing going, Jones suggested.
“[T]he Kings want to avoid entering next season as they did the previous two, with the front office lacking another veteran executive to be second in command to general manager Vlade Divac,” Jones wrote. “That would be a step backward after a successful summer.”
Here’s more out of Sacramento:
- Former Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith turned down the chance to be a candidate for Perry’s old post, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Kings have also expressed interest in Los Angeles Lakers assistant GM Ronnie Lester, per the Sacramento Bee.
- The Kings have signed free agent forward JaKarr Sampson, formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and G-League, according to the team website. Sampson, 24, has playued in 147 NBA games. The contract is a two-way deal.
- Finally, the Kings used their other two-way contract on Jack Cooley, a power forward who spent last season in Germany. Cooley played 16 games with the Utah Jazz in 2014-15.