Let’s take a look at where the sportsbooks have the Kings priced at this offseason, and see if that will lead to any value this season.
Future Odds +20000
The Kings are at the bottom of the barrel this offseason, and with only a few teams ranked behind them in the NBA Odds, it looks as if the Kings are once again headed for the lottery. Mike Mallone will try and turn this team around along with new GM, Pete D’Alessandro, but it will be tough after the offseason they have had, losing one of their best players to an inevitable trade.
The Kings traded away restricted free agent, Tyreke Evans in a three-team deal to New Orleans. While they might have lost him for nothing without matching a deal, they ended up getting a very useful Grevis Vasquez out of it, who was top 5 in the NBA in assists last season. He will likely come in and start right away, and be huge for the value of DeMarcus Cousins, whose upside is limited when playing with a score-first point guard.
With Vasquez taking over the starting point guard role, they also signed Carl Landry to a deal. While they might have overpaid some for him, it is probably hard to get free agents to come to Sacramento, so overpaying is not necessarily a bad move, but Landry is going to turn 30 before the season starts, and as an undersized power forward making almost $7 million a year, he may be one of the most questionable signings of the entire offseason.
The only other transaction the Kings might make this offseason is extending the contract of Cousins. Cousins has proven himself as one of the most talented and gifted big men in the entire NBA, and he is eligible to sign an extension by October 31st, which is the tip off to the season. I would suspect that D’Alessandro’s main goal this offseason is to lock up Cousins, and even though he has some character concerns, he also seems to be gaining respect in the locker room, and some maturity to go along with being a 23 year-old superstar in the NBA.
The Sharp Pick
Obviously we are laying off the Kings entirely with our NBA picks on this year's title, but I do think they are slightly undervalued at 200/1. If Marcus Thornton can gain some consistency, and Vasquez can gel with the rest of the team, the Kings won’t be one of the five worst teams in the NBA next season like the 2013-14 NBA Future odds suggest.
While they are full of depth at the power forward position, which also happens to be where all of their bad contracts are, this team will be able to score some points, and that will get them to at least 30 wins next season. Their defense however is what will hold them back. Their future outlook is not that bright, at least not for the next two seasons.