Among the free agents contacted by the Sacramento Kings early Friday morning were Dion Waiters, Ryan Anderson and Matthew Dellavedova, league sources told The Vertical.
Waiters is considered one of the Kings’ top targets, a source said.
Sacramento has been aggressively trying to reshape its roster in the aftermath of a disappointing 33-49 season. Last week, a draft-day trade with Phoenix netted the Kings center Georgios Papagiannis (No. 13 overall) and forward Skal Labissiere (No. 28), as well as the rights to promising European prospect Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Waiters, 24, averaged 9.8 points in a reserve role with Oklahoma City last season. Sacramento has struggled to solidify the two-guard position and Waiters is a slashing scorer who averaged double figures in each of his first three seasons. The Thunder have the right to match any offer for Waiters, who is a restricted free agent. But Oklahoma City’s acquisition of guard Victor Oladipo last month could create an opportunity for the Kings to lure Waiters away with a significant offer.
It’s unclear how aggressive the Kings will be with free-agent guard Rajon Rondo, who started 72 games for Sacramento last season. Rondo averaged an NBA-best 11.7 assists last season but does not have strong support within the organization, league sources told The Vertical.