The Sacramento Kings had a rough season once again in the shortened 2011-12 NBA season. The team is stuck in limbo and nobody really knows where they will play in the future. The team certainly needs to improve and put a better product on the court for fans though. The team hasn't seen the playoffs anytime recently and have been consistently drafting towards the top of the NBA draft. Sooner or later that has to change. This offseason the team has taken some steps to improve the roster though.
The first and biggest addition to the roster for the upcoming season is rookie forward Thomas Robinson. The team selected Robinson with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Although he struggled in summer league, I think fans should be excited about the addition of Robinson. He is a strong rebounder and will be a strong compliment alongside DeMarcus Cousins up front. Fans shouldn't expect much immediately, but Robinson is a player that could develop into a talented big man for Sacramento.
The team has signed free agent big man Jason Thompson to a five year contract extension to kick off free agency. They then followed that move up by signing free agent point guard Aaron Brooks and acquiring small forward James Johnson in a trade with the Toronto Raptors. These are two solid additions of veteran players that will certainly improve the roster for the upcoming season. Both players figure to receive considerable playing time and play major roles for the team.
The team only lost two players from the 2011-12 season. Donte Greene and Hassan Whiteside. Greene was not offered a contract by Sacramento and Whiteside was cut when the team reached an agreement with Brooks. Neither player contributed much of anything last season and both should be easy to replace for Sacramento.
The transactions made put the team right at the salary cap for the upcoming season and show that they're at least making an effort to spend money and add players to attempt to field a competitive team. At this point, the team really needs consistency from the coaching staff and continued development from their young players. The team is capable of turning the corner, they just need to put it all together.
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.
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