The Sacramento Kings have been outplayed, again. On Monday evening it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the team has decided to not match the 4-year/$72 million offer sheet by the Atlanta Hawks, and thus allow Bogdan Bogdanovic to walk away for nothing in return.
Not at all how Kings fans would have liked to see new general manager Monte McNair’s first run at free agency play out.
McNair apparently felt that the need to maintain cap flexibility for the future outweighed the need to keep talent today. Perhaps the team thinks they have a shot at Giannis Antetokounmpo next summer? 🤣
Regardless, it is disappointing that the Kings were unable to find a solution for moving either Bogdanovic or guard Buddy Hield during the offseason when everyone knew they needed to choose between their two talented, but expensive shooting guards prior to the start of the 2020-21 season. Successful small market franchises find ways to flip assets for other assets.
To date, this free-agent season has been a total bust for the Kings. In addition to Bogi’s departure, Harry Giles, Kent Bazemore, Alex Len, and Yogi Farrell have also left the team. The only new faces are rookies Tyrese Haliburton, Robert Woodard, and Jahmi'us Ramsey.
Sacramento is clearly pulling back a bit to see what they have in their core of De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, Richaun Holmes, Hield, and Haliburton before making a run at things.
Perhaps this group will prove out to be a bunch of young superstars, or maybe we’ll see more assets leave SacTown next summer. Either way, Kings fans will need to endure more patience as another front office exec tries to salvage the franchise.