The rumor mill is churning, and it’s unlikely to stop until the first week of NBA free agency has passed. Armed with massive amounts of salary-cap space, the Kings likely will be mentioned in all kinds of potential deals.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Kings are one of the many NBA teams interested in forward Tobias Harris.
In addition to the 76ers and Clippers, “Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans, and Sacramento are expected to also express interest,” Charania wrote Wednesday.
Harris’ name has been floated as a potential fit for a while with the Kings, although he’d come at a steep price and create an issue on the frontline.
With Harris more of a stretch four than a small forward, new Kings coach Luke Walton would have his hands full trying to fit the pieces together, especially if Harrison Barnes returns to the team.
The Kings could fit both Harris and Barnes under the cap and shift prized big man Marvin Bagley to center. With the team’s pace of play, it might work -- at least for short bursts during games.
It likely would take a max offer, which is around four years and $141 million, to obtain Harris.
The smooth shooting forward turns 27 on July 15. He averaged 20 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and shot 39.9 percent from long range during stops with the Clippers and 76ers last season.
This isn’t the first time Harris has been linked to the Kings. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer listed the Kings as a potential landing spot for the rangy forward back in May.
In addition to Harris, Charania added that the Kings are a potential landing spot for reserve point guard Cory Joseph.
Joseph, 27, spent the last two seasons coming off the bench for the Indiana Pacers. The eight-year veteran averaged 6.5 points, 3.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game last season.
If Sacramento doesn’t pick up a $3.2 million team option on Yogi Ferrell, it might be in the market for a player to eat minutes behind starter De’Aaron Fox.