What the Dalembert-Hawes/Nocioni Deal Means For the Kings
The Kings acquire overpriced and underachieving defensive presence in Sam Dalembert, while dealing away frontcourt part-time starters Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. The franchise centerpiece is without-a-doubt the 2010 Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, but every other player seems replaceable. The team has been looking to replace guard Beno Udrih for some time now, while forwards Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Omri Casspi are safe for now. Donte Greene turned up his game in January, but his inconsistencies still plague him. Dalembert only has one-year remaining on his contract so where will the Kings and GM Geoff Petrie turn on draft night? The best players available will most likely be Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe of Georgetown, but an interesting newcomer could be Al-Farouq Aminu, a combo forward from Wake Forest. He'll need to add some strength to his frame and continue fine-tuning his perimeter game, but he is definitely a name to keep in mind at No. 5 when Sacramento gets on the clock. The Kings will still most likely go big with their selection with Cousins or Monroe.
By President - Corey Ruff - 6-17-10