The Kings have a lot of power forwards. But they don’t have one they’d call their solution at the position for years to come.
Here’s how position breaks down:
• Reggie Evans: The veteran of the group who might be the best fit to play next to DeMarcus Cousins. Hes’ a defender, rebounder and won’t be looking to take shots away from the other four starters.
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• Jason Thompson: Yes, he’s still a King. His name will be in nearly every trade rumor, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he ended up starting at power forward (again). The coaching staff, however, seemed to like Thompson as a backup at power forward and center.
• Carl Landry: Missed most of last season with hip and knee injuries. He expects to be ready for the regular season. He was signed last season to be a veteran presence and provide offense off the bench.
• Eric Moreland: Undrafted rookie from Oregon State made a big impression during summer league and has a chance to make the team. His athleticism and shot-blocking skills are coveted by the Kings
• Derrick Williams/Rudy Gay/Omri Casspi: Three small forwards who could be used as stretch fours, depending on the opponent.
That’s seven possibilities on a given night, assuming Moreland makes the team.
And that’s the problem.
Ideally the Kings would begin training camp knowing exactly who is going to start at power forward and who would be the first power forward off the bench.
But that’s not the case. The Kings would love a stretch four or a defensive-minded, shot-blocking big man next to Cousins.
That’s why there were talks of Josh Smith, but that was a long shot considering Detroit would want more than the Kings would offer before thinking about dealing Smith.
The eventual solution might see the Kings play small, which would be an alternative if a player doesn’t seize the minutes at power forward.
The Kings will look to upgrade at power forward through trades.
Sacramento has a $5.8 million trade exception to use in making a deal along with players in the last year of their deals like Evans and Williams.
If the Kings do not make a move, Evans might be the best option. The Kings like that he’s a veteran, and he’s not a scorer.
Evans played well with Cousins last season, giving the Kings two prolific rebounders.
A concern with Thompson is his offensive game requires him to have the ball in spots Cousins likes it, which is why bringing Thompson off the bench worked last season. It gave Thompson the chance to operate on offense as the primary option in the post.
Williams, at his best, gives the Kings the chance to be dynamic at both forward spots if he plays with Gay as the other forward.
The Kings played them together last season. The possibility of having two forwards with athleticism is intriguing,
Just know if the Kings end the season without a change at power forward, it won’t be due to not trying.