Kings' roster construction hits 15 players with addition of NBA legend

Kings' roster construction hits 15 players with addition of NBA legend

The Sacramento Kings continue their summer rebuilding project. First they went for broke in the NBA Draft, selecting three first-round picks and an early second rounder. Then they enticed European sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic to join the team on a three-year deal. 

After building the young core, the focus shifted this week to shoring up the infrastructure of the team with quality NBA veterans. 

Point guard George Hill was signed to mentor rookies De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason. Zach Randolph, a 16-year veteran, was brought to help Kosta Koufos develop young bigs Skal Labissiere, Harry Giles, Georgios Papagiannis and Willie Cauley-Stein. 

With Garrett Temple set to work with wings Justin Jackson and Malachi Richardson, the Kings needed one more piece to challenge a fleet of young shooting guards. 

Bogdanovic and second-year guard Buddy Hield will have the honor of working with an NBA legend. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 10-time All-Star Vince Carter has agreed to join the Kings on a one-year, $8 million contract. Carter, along with Randolph are set to join Dave Joerger, their former head coach with the Grizzlies. 

With the addition of Carter, the Kings officially said goodbye to Rudy Gay, who reportedly inked a deal with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. He joins a long list of veteran free agents to leave the Kings over the last week, including Darren Collison, Langston Galloway and Ben McLemore. 

With the addition of Carter, Sacramento’s roster now stands at 15 players. They have an opportunity to ink two additional players on two-way contracts in conjunction with the NBA’s G-League. 

The rebuild is in full swing and it’s hard to argue with the Kings’ approach. They’ve added cultural building blocks, talent and depth across the board. 

It’s an unconventional roster make-up, but the Kings have five quality veterans to go with 10 players under the age of 24, nine of which are first-round picks. Eight of those players are on their way to Las Vegas for Summer League, where they open Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. 

NBA draft 2019: Kings to bring in first six prospects for workout


NBA draft 2019: Kings to bring in first six prospects for workout

The Sacramento Kings don't have a first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but they do have three second-round picks.

In possession of the No. 40, No. 47 and No. 60 overall selections, the Kings will be looking for lower-level talent -- players that might take a few years to develop.

With that in mind, the Kings have invited six players for a pre-draft workout that will take play Monday, May 20 in Sacramento.

[RELATED: Fox a Most Improved Player finalist]

The Kings' 2019 first-round pick belongs to the Boston Celtics. Back in 2015, Sacramento included the future first-round pick in a salary dump trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Two years later, the 76ers traded the rights to that pick to the Celtics in order to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 in the 2017 draft to select Markelle Fultz.

Kings' De'Aaron Fox a finalist for NBA Most Improved Player award

Kings' De'Aaron Fox a finalist for NBA Most Improved Player award

The Kings knew they had a good one when they drafted point guard De'Aaron Fox two years ago.

Sacramento had an idea of what his potential was after a solid rookie season. But after a breakout sophomore campaign, it's becoming clear what Fox is.

Fox is a superstar in the making. He is the franchise-changing player the Kings have been looking for.

The Kings know what they have in Fox, and the rest of the country is starting to take notice.

On Friday, Fox was named one of three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Most Improved Player award.

The other two finalists are Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell and Raptors forward Pascal Siakam.

After averaging 11.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds as a rookie, Fox pushed those numbers to 17.3 points, 7.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game this past season.

[RELATED: Fox's case for Most Improved award]

Fox's field goal percentage improved from 41.2 percent to 45.8 percent, and he made 37.1 percent of his 3-pointers, up from 30.7 as a rookie.

Fox's competition will be tough, though. Russell averaged 21.1 points per game this season and was named to his first All-Star Game. Siakam went from 7.3 points per game in his second season to 16.9 this past season and is looking like he could be a star in the NBA for years to come.

The winner will be announced during the NBA Awards show on June 24 at 6 p.m. PT.