Free agent point guard options for Kings
Who will be at the point for the Kings?
The Sacramento Kings are in desperate need of help in the backcourt. While the 2016 NBA Draft yielded Malachi Richardson and Isaiah Cousins, neither is expected to eat major minutes in year one. Vlade Divac is armed with a boat load of cash, but a short list of potential fits, especially at the point guard spot. Rajon Rondo is still an option and so is Seth Curry, but the Kings will have to shop hard in a wild free agent period that begins July 1, especially with Darren Collison a question mark to open the season. Here is the best of the available potential starting free agent lead guards. Just a warning -- it gets ugly real quick. -- James Ham
Mike Conley Jr.
STATS: 15.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds // Widely considered the best free agent point guard on the market, Conley, 28, is likely out of the Kings league. They’ll kick the tires on one of the league’s best, hoping that coach Dave Joerger has some kind of pull on where he spends the next four years. Kings fans can dream of a Conley/Courtney Lee reunion in the backcourt, but this guy is getting max-money somewhere, but it’s unlikely it’s in Sacramento. -- James Ham
STATS: 11.9 points, 11.7 assists, 6.0 rebounds // Rondo, 30, led the league in assists last season with Sacramento and he is a favorite of DeMarcus Cousins. But he’s an all consuming personality that loves to run the show on the offensive end, but struggled to stay in front of his man on the defensive end. While he is looking for a 4-year deal in the neighborhood of $50 million or more, he might be hard pressed to find a taker. The Kings haven’t closed the door on a return. If someone jumps on him early he’s gone, if not, he become an option again. -- James Ham
STATS: 11.7 points, 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds // Better served in a reserve role, the fact that Lin is number three on this list speaks volumes. The drive-and-kick guard turns 28 in August, making him young enough to hand a multi-year deal, but he’s not a true point guard and his shooting stroke isn’t good enough to make him a true scoring point either. He would be a step back from Rondo, but also cost slightly less. -- James Ham
STATS: 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds // After stealing money for the last few years in Brooklyn, Williams proved serviceable enough in his one year in Dallas to opt out of his contract. At 32, he’s nothing more than an expensive stop-gap player that can sneak up and bite teams on occasion with a big night. Kings fans know what I’m talking about. -- James Ham
STATS: 6.9 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds // Jennings started all but three of his 412 games coming into last season, but injuries, followed by a mid-season trade changed the trajectory of his career, maybe for good. Still just 26, Jennings might come cheaper than a lot of the other names on this list. He’s had plenty of success in his seven seasons in the league, but he also erratic. He’s somewhere between Jason Williams and a bad And-1 tape. Buyers beware. -- James Ham
STATS: 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds // How the mighty-mouse have fallen. Lawson boldly proclaimed he was heading to Sacramento during last summers NBA Draft while smoking a hookah. Despite having George Karl on board, the Kings passed on the talented, but troubled guard. Lawson posted 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game during the 2014-15 season and at 28-years-old he should be collecting a giant check this summer. He’s worth a gamble, but maybe not for the Kings. -- James Ham
STATS: 7.5 points, 4.4 assists, 2.1 // Known as the dirtiest player in the league, Dellavedova saw his minutes dwindle in the Finals. He’s gritty and can do a few things well, but it’s unlikely that he is a starter on a playoff team. At 25, Dellavedova still has room to expand his game and he’s a 41-percent shooter from long range, but the Kings need more than this. In addition to his other faults, Delly is a restricted and the Cavs can match any budget signing. -- James Ham