July 5, 2018, 10:38 pm
The Kings reportedly offered G/F Mario Hezonja a multi-year deal before he agreed to terms with the New York Knicks, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Sacramento, per Jones, also offered more money than the Knicks:
“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 being forced to sign one-year deals this summer due to the serious lack of cap room most teams have. The Kings still have about $17 million in space, but Jones says the team would prefer to use that up via a trade.
“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 have reportedly expressed interest in restricted free agents Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker. However, LaVine is viewed more as a guard and would cause a log-jam, while Parker would overload the Kings at power forward.
Small forward options on the market are dwindling, so it’s no surprise to see the team seek an upgrade another way. Justin Jackson is currently the only full-time small forward on the roster.