Sacramento Kings: The Power Forward Problem

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October 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive (right) talks to assistant general manager Mike Bratz (left) and general manager Pete D’Alessandro (center) before the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Just like every other team at this time of the year, the Sacramento Kings are busy trying to make moves. Having already signed point guard Darren Collison, it’s beginning to look less likely that the Kings will be able to afford to bring back last year’s starter, Isaiah Thomas.

It’s not just Thomas either, as the Kings will struggle to add any quality contributor with the current shape of their salary cap.

Many fans will quickly jump on the team for trading for Rudy Gay, as with him opting into his player option for $19.3 million next season, a lot of cash is tied up. In reality, it’s not Gay, or his contract, that’s causing the Kings such inflexibility though.

Instead, it’s the team’s logjam at the power forward spot causing them so many problems.

Excluding Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, who are both capable of playing there, Sacramento currently has six power forwards on their roster. The combination of Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson, Travis Outlaw, Reggie Evans and Quincy Acy combines for just more than $24.4 million on the Kings salary bill next season, and surely could be spent better elsewhere.

This means that the current top priority for the Kings should be to gauge interest on some of these guys, and then trade them either to create cap space, or receive role players in return in positions where the team has a need. There’s no point in Sacramento doing this two weeks down the line when many of the best free agents have been snapped up either, so if the Kings want to join the party this summer, they need to move fast.

Although none of those six guys should be untouchable, I’m going to take a closer look at three of the guys that the Kings owe the most money to next season, to determine who should stay and who should go.

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