SACRAMENTO -- Vlade Divac's first summer on the job was filled with splashy moves. Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos were added to free agent deals as the fledgling executive spent his war chest.
All three had varying degrees of impact on the 2015-16 season, but it was a series of smaller moves that may have made a larger impact on the Sacramento Kings season. Divac inked Caron Butler, James Anderson, Quincy Acy and Seth Curry to two-year deals, all with second-year player options, to fill out the roster and the Kings got plenty of mileage out of all four.
Butler played sparingly, but the 36-year-old former All-Star provided a veteran leadership in the locker room that the Kings have been missing for some time. Whether he’ll be back in Sacramento for a second tour of duty will be decided at a later date.
The 14-year NBA veteran confirmed to CSN California in the final week of the season that he would have a conversation with Divac following the season to see what the franchise was thinking and then make a final decision on his future.
Anderson is almost assured to stick around. After spending the previous season in Lithuania, he’s unlikely to step away from a guaranteed $1.1 million for next season. Anderson played in 51 games for Sacramento, starting 15. He’s inexpensive roster depth for the Kings for at least one more season.
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Things are a little more complicated for both Acy and Curry.
Acy loves Sacramento and would love to stay. At 25 years old, he brings an energy and versatility that fits on any team. He started 29 games for Sacramento this season at the power forward spot, but the real question is whether he will opt out of his league minimum deal.
If Acy opts out, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He could seek more money and long-term stability either with the Kings or elsewhere. The Kings would love to have him back, not only for his play on the court, but his presence in the locker room.
Curry is in a very similar situation with the exception that if he opts out, he becomes a restricted free agent. At 25 years old, Curry has played sparingly since leaving Duke University in 2013. But his late season explosion has turned heads.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now, but I love Sacramento, I love the fans and I like what Vlade’s trying to do here,” Curry told CSN California after one of the final games of the season.
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If Curry opts out, the Kings would have the option of extending him a qualifying offer or offering him a new contract. Opposing teams would be allowed to sign him to an offer sheet, but Sacramento would retain the right of first refusal, giving them a three-day window to either match or let him go.
It’s very possible that Curry has played his way out of Sacramento. Over the Kings' final 11 games, Curry averaged 15.2 points on 48.4 percent (31-for-64) shooting from long range.
How much is Curry worth on the open market? Can the Kings afford to retain him, as well as Rondo and make another big name free agent acquisition? Where does he rank on Sacramento's list of priorities that seems to be growing by the day?
Divac did well to build the depth of his team last summer, but there are plenty of question marks going forward. It will take a while to sort out, but he may need to repeat last season's massive influx of both bigger name additions and solid role players.