Although the ’09 NBA free agent class isn’t as stacked as in years past â€” not to mention the League is being more thrifty than ever due to the slumping economy â€” teams still have holes they want to plug, and players have moves they want to make. Here, we break down all 30 NBA teams’ free agent strategy…
G – Kevin Martin, Tyreke Evans, Beno Udrih, Rashad McCants, Bobby Jackson, Sergio Rodriguez
F – Jason Thompson, Andres Nocioni, Francisco Garcia, Donte Greene, Jon Brockman, Omri Casspi, Ike Diogu, Cedric Simmons, Kenny Thomas
C – Spencer Hawes, Calvin Booth
McCants, Jackson, Diogu, Booth, Simmons
Three things the Kings are looking for: Toughness for a team that has been jarringly soft, guys with enough offensive skills to thrive in new coach Paul Westphal‘s buckets-friendly system, and somebody who will bring fans back to ARCO Arena and draw some interest. That’s a lot to ask for, especially for an organization looking to save money at the same time.
The backcourt was strengthened through the draft, namely with #4 pick Tyreke Evans, who should step right in and start next to Kevin Martin. Sacramento still needs depth, though, especially at two-guard, where free agent McCants doesn’t seem to be in their plans.
The frontcourt is a bit more solid, with Hawes and Thompson as the building blocks, Nocioni and Garcia both signed to long-term deals, and Greene and Casspi as future projects. Kenny Thomas is a non-factor and his $8.5M expiring contract is almost a lock to be traded mid-season, so some non-disruptive veteran bigs to mentor the kids would help.
SG – Nate Robinson (R), Linas Kleiza (R), Marquis Daniels, Flip Murray, Von Wafer, Keith Bogans, Luther Head, Kareem Rush, Joey Graham, Gerald Green, Juan Dixon, Royal Ivey, Morris Almond
PF – Maceo Baston, Melvin Ely, Sean Marks
C – Ryan Hollins, Mikki Moore, Jason Collins, Jarron Collins, Adonal Foyle