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- Jazz’s Gobert: ‘If I gotta do justice myself, I’m gonna do justice myself’ - December 11, 2018
- Now a Sixer, Butler dishes on infamous T-Wolves practice - December 11, 2018
- Nuggets’ Millsap expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks - December 10, 2018
Coach: Dave Joerger (third season with Kings, sixth season overall, 206-204, .502).
Last Season: 27-55, did not make playoffs.
Key Returnees: Willie Cauley-Stein, Zach Randolph, Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, Justin Jackson, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Aaron Fox, Harry Giles.
Key Additions: Marvin Bagley III (rookie, Duke), Ben McLemore (Memphis), Nemanja Bjelica (Minnesota).
Key Losses: Garrett Temple (Memphis), Vince Carter (Atlanta).
Outlook: If nothing else, the Kings had an active offseason, using the second overall pick in the draft to select Duke big man Marvin Bagley III and signing restricted free agent Zach LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet, only to see the Chicago Bulls match it. Sacramento also swung a deal to bring back guard Ben McLemore, whom it took with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 draft, along with Deyonta Davis, a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations in exchange for veteran swingman Garrett Temple. (Davis has since been waived.) The key for the Kings will be the development of Bagley, last season’s rookies, Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox, along with the likes of fellow youngsters Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Justin Jackson. Then there’s youngster Harry Giles, who did not play at all last year as the Kings opted to allow him to continue to rehab from torn ACLs in 2013 (left) and 2015 (right) at Duke. Zach Randolph will continue to provide a steady, veteran influence. The future isn’t now in Sacramento, especially not in the treacherous waters of the Western Conference. What remains to be seen is if, let alone when, it will be.