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The Sacramento Kings are off to another putrid start to the season and the veterans which were brought in over the summer to help stabilize the team are not happy.
According to Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune, George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter were told that the Kings would be contending for the playoffs this year. Sacramento’s philosophy, however, has shifted and the above mentioned players aren’t too thrilled about the change.
“The Kings brought in Hill, Randolph and Carter during the offseason and still have Garrett Temple on the roster. These are respected vets who can play. These are vets brought in to help a young team, and according to sources, were brought in with the promise of a team aiming to be playoff competitive.
“Sources say many of the Kings veterans were rounded up early in the year and told the philosophy has shifted, that the front office isn’t interested in winning and more interested in acquiring a top-five draft pick. Not surprisingly, Hill isn’t happy, according to multiple sources.”
Hill signed a three-year, $57 million free agent deal with the Kings after having a productive season with the Utah Jazz in 2016-17. At the time of his signing, Scott Perry was the general manager, but Perry is now with the New York Knicks.
In 23 starts for the Kings, Hill is averaging just 9.0 points and 2.4 assists while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent from three. He’s playing roughly 25 minutes a game.
Hill is eligible to be traded soon and could be a hot commodity on the trade block. The Kings have loved what they have seen from rookie De’Aaron Fox and are comfortable with him being the lead floor general now.