When free agency began at 9:01 p.m. PST, all signs indicated the Kings are looking to address the need for another point guard.
Pursuing another point guard is not an indictment on Darren Collison, rather a nod to coach George Karl’s desire to be able to play two of them together. Collison and Ray McCallum are the Kings’ only point guards under contract.
Rajon Rondo and Jeremy Lin are among free agents who could fit Karl’s style and be affordable for the Kings, who will have about $10 million to spend.
Rondo is the name to watch. The Kings are definitely interested, and it is believed Rondo would entertain signing with Sacramento.
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A four-time All-Star with Boston, Rondo was traded to Dallas last season, a tumultuous one in which he clashed with coach Rick Carlisle.
Rondo to Sacramento has been rumored for years, but the timing might be right for a pairing. Rondo, 29, needs a chance to rebuild his image and the Kings need help at point guard.
Rondo tore his ACL in January 2013 and is looking to prove he’s still an elite court leader and can be the menacing defender that made him key to Boston’s success.
The Mavericks essentially sent him packing after he clashed with Carlisle during the playoffs. He was also suspended once for a game for conduct detrimental to the team.
But he’d give the Kings a point guard to pair with Collison and another pass-first player, which the Kings desperately need.
Other possible targets include combo guards such as Monta Ellis, Lou Williams and Rodney Stuckey. The Kings would like to get more out of their shooting guards, and they may not have the patience to wait for Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas to develop.
The Kings could opt to find guard help via trade and look for wing help in free agency. Players the Kings could afford include DeMarre Carroll or a bargain like Gigi Datome. Re-signing Omri Casspi is a strong possibility, too.
Casspi played well under Karl and is liked by teammates.
The Kings want three-point shooting and defense from the small forward spot to go along with Rudy Gay, who will also play some power forward.