It appears the new-look Sacramento Kings are getting some veteran help.
According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, George Hill has agreed to sign a three-year, $57 million contract with the Kings. TNT’s David Aldridge confirmed the deal and reports that there is a partial guarantee on the final year of the contract, a trend seen throughout this year’s free agency. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that power forward Zach Randolph has agreed to sign a two-year, $24 contract with the Kings.
Randolph, who played for Kings coach Dave Joerger for three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, was an expected signing. Hill was not.
Hill will be a starting guard who can play next to De’Aaron Fox or Buddy Hield, thanks to his ability to guard both backcourt positions on defense and both his scoring mentality and playmaking ability on offense. A lanky point guard whose ability to play a high level of defense is right up Joerger’s alley, Hill will be a key factor in the Kings’ defensive transformation and ultimately, the resurrection of their franchise.
Offensively, his ability to be a consistent shooter from behind-the-line may see him usurping Fox for a starting role, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings tried to start all three players at some point in the season.
Randolph isn’t a defender but he’s tough as nails and his attitude combined with the defensive potential of the young Kings will be a sight to see. He came off the bench last season with the Grizzlies and there may be too much overlap with his offensive skillset and Skal Labisierre‘s, as neither are three-point threats. With that, Randolph can come off the bench and use his bag of low-post tricks to lead the second unit offense.
Vince Carter, who met with the Kings on Monday per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, is another free agent from the Memphis Grizzlies that would instill the right attitude in the young team. While he’s become more of a three-point specialist in recent years,
With these signings, the Kings are well on their way to reestablishing their relevance in the NBA.
Yesterday, the Kings offered restricted free agent Otto Porter a max contract yesterday, though the Washington Wizards were expected to match any offer sheet he signed. ESPN’s Chris Haynes has reported that the deals with Hill and Randolph has resulted in the Kings’ ceasing their pursuit of Porter.
There may have been a positional and skill overlap between Porter and Justin Jackson, the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, the Kings do still need to add shooting to the frontcourt.