Sacramento Kings Free Agency News, Analysis: Does George Hill and Zach Randolph Look an Upgrade?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/05/17 04:44AM EDT
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Is De'Aaron Fox the future of the Sacramento Kings franchise?(Photo : Sacramento Kings/YouTube Screenshot)

Did the Sacramento Kings made a good decision in giving out $31 million to injury-prone George Hill and Zach Randolph who will turn 36 in two weeks' time? Yes, even the Kings' fans are questioning the front office's move in signing these two free agents.

Kings' Free Agency Blunder

With less than $40 million in payroll as per HoopsHype, the Sacramento Kings are in line to get some of the most prolific NBA superstars in the free agency. So why did the Kings settle for Hill and Randolph? According to ESPN, Randolph's will sign a two-year contract worth $24 million. Meanwhile, the 31-year old Hill will sign a three-year contract worth $57 million.

That's a total of $31 million for one year - an amount enough to bring a certified an NBA superstar. In fact, the Sacramento Kings could afford to bring two NBA superstars with max contracts!

If there are no more certified NBA superstars, the Kings could have pushed harder to bring restricted free agent Otto Porter to Sacramento (league sources who told The Vertical, had agreed to a four-year, $106.5 million maximum offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets). Or perhaps Danilo Gallinari (Chris Vivlamore of Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported he's heading to Los Angeles Clippers).

Still, there's a chance to redeem from these mistakes. There's Dewayne Dedmon and Jonathan Simmons from the San Antonio Spurs. If they wanted a veteran point guard, there's Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo who played with in Sacramento back in 2015-16 NBA season. But probably the biggest steal would be Nikola Mirotic, the sweet-shooting power forward from the Chicago Bulls.

Rebuilding the Kings with Youngsters

What makes the Sacramento Kings very promising is the fact that their roster is probably the youngest in terms of average age of players entering the 2017-18 NBA season. Gone is Demarcus Cousins, who was traded to New Orleans Pelicans back in February, and Rudy Gay, who is reportedly interested in signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What's left with the Sacramento Kings are a bunch of interesting rookies and potential future superstars in their early 20s. But what's more interesting to see is how De'Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III will develop into potential NBA superstars. Sacramento Kings' edge is their age, their fresh legs. It wouldn't hurt if they try something faster next season.



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