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Sacramento Kings Sign Chuck Hayes and Marcus Thornton: Fan’s Reaction
The Sacramento Kings wasted no time adding players to their roster for the 2011-12 season. On December 9, the first day teams could sign players, Sacramento re-signed guard Marcus Thornton and signed free agent center Chuck Hayes to longterm contracts. These are great signings that should have fans excited for the upcoming season.
Sacramento signed Thornton to a four year deal worth $31 million. Hayes signed a four year contract as well that will pay him up to $21 million. These are both great signings for the Kings.
Thornton was a restricted free agent and instead of waiting for him to draw interest from other teams and debate matching an offer, Sacramento paid Thornton a respectable amount of money and locked him up for the future.
This gives Sacramento an extremely young and talented trio of guards for the future. Thornton, Jimmer Fredette, and Tyreke Evans are all younger than 25 years old and will only continue to get better. This has to excite Kings fans everywhere.
Chuck Hayes is exactly the kind of player Sacramento has always needed. He is a big and physical player who is an excellent rebounder and defender. Hayes will be a great addition alongside DeMarcus Cousins on the frontline. Although he is undersized, Hayes is a tough player and will be the defensive anchor of the team.
Fans should expect both players to likely be starters from day one. Coach Paul Westphal recently stated that his starting lineup for the upcoming season is likely set. Sacramento will also have depth at several positions. JJ Hickson, Jimmer Fredette, and Francisco Garcia should provide plenty of scoring and upside off the bench for Sacramento.
Fans of the team should be excited that they are spending money and adding quality players that will help the team win basketball games. A successful season could go a long way toward keeping the team in Sacramento for the future. The better the team does, the more likely the community will rally behind them in their efforts to build a new arena.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and a lifelong fan of the Sacramento Kings. He started going to Kings games at age six and has attended hundreds of games since. Follow him on twitter @kyler11.
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