Owner Vivek Ranadive was supposed to bring life to the stagnant Kings franchise, but since he took over ownership a few years ago, they just keep making huge mistakes.
The Kings agreed to trade potential franchise cornerstone DeMarcus Cousins (and Omri Casspi and a second-round 2017 pick) to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie Buddy Hield, former Kings player Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a top-three protected first-round pick.
I realize Cousins was a cancer in the Kings locker room, but I think he’s at a level that a team in Sacramento’s current situation should exhaust all attempts to appease him. I realize that the Kings were going to have to pony up a huge contract extension soon, but I think this trade was a huge mistake.
The Kings now have a young center with Willie Cauley-Stein taking over and a slew of young guards. I doubt they are done trading since current back-court starters Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison are probably on the way out. A fire sale is coming and Kosta Koufos and Matt Barnes aren’t safe either.
I think it’s time for the Kings minority owners to force Ranadive out. I commend him for trying to think outside of the box, but sometimes those thoughts should be left on paper and not executed. He once flirted on playing one player constantly near their hoop and play four men on defense. I think hiring Vlade Divac as the general manager was just as insane as that idea.
The Kings should have made it work with George Karl if they were going to dump DeMarcus Cousins for players with limited potential. They also shouldn’t have traded Nik Stauskas to the Sixers to free up cap space, since there were less than a 1% chance they could lure a top free agent there two Summers ago.
Sacramento is now in rebuild mode, probably their fourth such attempt at a rebuild since White Chocolate was making no-look passes to Chris Webber. I doubt a team of that caliber will occur while Ranadive has decision-making power.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob