The NBA moratorium on free agent signings ends Friday, and the Kings have been silent.
They have looked to make deals, but are determined to avoid multiyear contracts that would affect next year's salary cap or don't fit with the team's long-term vision of adding younger players.
With no deals imminent, the Kings will focus on the trade market, looking to take advantage of having about $17 million under the cap to absorb a contract that could land a coveted veteran small forward. A deal could also mean taking on a contract another team finds undesirable and would be willing to package with a first-round pick, which the Kings lack in 2019.
The Kings pursued free agent Mario Hezonja to fill their need for a small forward, offering slightly more money than the reported one-year, $6.5 million contract he accepted from New York, according to a league source.
Hezonja only wanted to sign for a year while the Kings sought a longer commitment to help establish continuity on the roster.
Many free agents are willing to take one-year deals this year with an eye toward next summer, when more teams will have space under the cap. It's expected to rise from its current level of $101.9 million.
The Kings' options on the roster at small forward include second-year forward Justin Jackson, who scored 26 points in Thursday's 86-76 loss to the Miami Heat in the finale of the California Classic at Golden 1 Center. Outside of Jackson, they would have to rely on three-guard lineups, with Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic or Buddy Hield likely to see time on the wing.
The Kings have been linked to restricted free agents such as Milwaukee's Jabari Parker and Chicago's Zach LaVine, but nothing has come of the speculation.
The Kings have expressed a level of interest in both, a league source said, but a deal would require the Kings to reshape their roster that has a lot of young players they'd like to develop.
LaVine was the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft and appeared in just 24 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 16.7 points, after returning from a torn left ACL. LaVine was averaging 18.9 points for Minnesota before his injury in February 2017.
LaVine's athleticism and ability to possibly play both guard spots is intriguing, but the Kings like Bogdanovic and Hield and would have to deal one or both to make adding LaVine sensible.
The Kings are also committed to developing Fox at point guard while using Bogdanovic as a playmaker along with Frank Mason III. Temple can play point guard, too.
Parker was drafted second overall in 2014, but has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee twice (2015, 2017). Parker returned last season and averaged 12.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 31 games.
League sources, however, said the Kings view Parker as a power forward, a position the team is not looking to add.
The Kings took power forwards in the last three drafts, including Marvin Bagley III second overall last month. The Kings are also high on Harry Giles, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds against the Heat.
The team is focused on developing its young bigs, not adding more to the mix that also includes Skal Labissiere and veteran Zach Randolph.
Also, in both cases of LaVine and Parker, it's expected their current teams would match an offer sheet to retain them, further complicating any pursuit of them by Sacramento.
That's why a trade makes the most sense for the Kings to address small forward or find a first-round draft pick for 2019.