Throughout the season, Jason Jones answers readers’ questions about the team in a weekly Twitter mailbag. Tweet your questions with the hashtag #JonesHoldsCourt.
Q: Does the FO (front office) see Kosta Koufos as a piece moving forward? He’s still relatively young, knows his role, rebounds and sets good screens. He has played well and been overlooked this year.
– Max Mathews, @MaxMathews15
A: Koufos is truly one of the best teammates I've been around while covering the Kings for nine-plus seasons.
Coaches love his approach and those I speak to around the organization love having him around. Koufos is quietly having a solid season, averaging 6.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in just 19.6 minutes.
He's usually asked to take on the toughest post defensive assignment (Anthony Davis, for example) and never complains. He just does his job. Would it make headlines if Koufos complained? Maybe not, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a shock if he had gripes about his situation.
It's also easy to forget that in all the talk of "young" Kings and "old" veterans, Koufos is somewhere in the middle. He's 29, far from being at the stage of his career where he's content to just be a mentor.
This is his third season with the Kings, and he's spent the latter portion of the last two conceding minutes for the sake of the Kings' future.
Koufos has a player option for next season worth $8.7 million that he's likely to pick up, considering the market for free agents who aren't superstars is not expected to be robust. And if he's back, that would be fine with many around the Kings.
Q: What would you say is the kings biggest need going into the offseason? Wing depth? Stability?
– gabrile jacquez, @smoothgame883
A: Adding a dynamic wing player with size is perhaps the biggest roster need, but I'd say the Kings' biggest need isn't based on position, rather persona.
The Kings need what I call a "dog" of a player. Someone who doesn't back down, plays with an edge, picks up some technical fouls every now and then and doesn’t mind being the bad guy.
Collectively, the Kings are too nice. I'd love to see more players take it personally when they give up easy drives. How about a hard foul at the rim?
Koufos doesn't concede anything easily. Frank Mason III shows that, too. But that needs to infect the team more, and adding another rugged piece that doesn't mind stirring the pot with his teammates and opponents would be a step in the right direction.
Q: Where’s Bruno?
– Swaggy Porter Jr. @SwaggyPorter
A: I can only assume you're referring to Kings forward Bruno Caboclo, not Bruno Mars or Bruno Sammartino. You'll find Caboclo watching most Kings games from the bench the rest of the season, with some minutes here and there, but not a part of the regular rotation.
For this week's non-Kings question, we revisit my days as an NFL writer.
Q: What should the browns do at 1 and 4?
– Drew, @BoredWithTime
A: This question is dear to me, because I have family in the Cleveland area who have longed for the Browns to finally be on the way back to respectability.
The consensus amongst the pundits is the Browns have to take a quarterback first, but do they? Why not grab the top-rated player overall according to many, Penn State running back Saquon Barkely? Then grab a quarterback at the fourth pick because one of the top-3 are guaranteed to be there.
This, of course, means the Browns will draft a quarterback first and go defense at No. 4 or trade down.