What is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope doing in the featured image? He’s holding up money signs, similar to what he’s going to be doing this offseason; getting payed. Will the Kings be the team to give him that money?
Should the Kings spend big this offseason on a restricted free agent? It really does depend on the interest coming in from other teams and the amount of money we would have to offer. Don’t get me wrong; A guy like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Otto Porter would be awesome players to have on the kings, but is it really worth it?
According to http://wizofawes.com Otto Porter is eligible to “sign a max contract worth $128.2 million over five-years next summer.” That equals out to just under 26 million dollars per year. According to http://bleacherreport.com, “The Nets can offer [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] a contract worth up to $103 million over four years.” This contract also equals out to just under 26 million per year, and would be identical to the max contract that the Kings offer to any restricted free agent.
The Wizards will most likely match a max contract offer for Otto Porter, especially after shooting over 43% from three. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Andre Roberson seem to be possible players for the Kings to pursue. The Nets have already made it clear that they intend to offer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope the 4-year, 103 million dollar max contract. The Pistons are still unsure about matching, but it seems that they probably won’t.
Let’s just say the Kings offer Caldwell-Pope the max and he accepts. The Pistons then don’t match the offer. Assuming we pursue a point guard in the draft, there isn’t room for Hield in our starting lineup. The Kings are acting too fast trying to make the Demarcus Cousins trade look reasonable. They need to slow down, see if these guys can actually play alongside two more rookies who will be added this year. In the next offseason is when the Kings should pursue real talent. More restricted free agents like Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins along with all of the 2014 NBA Draft will hit free agency for the first time. Not to mention that another guy named Demarcus Cousins could be looking at the Kings for a potential Sacramento return.