You might recall a few weeks ago I referred to the Sacramento Kings as a glorified D-league all star team. Now that the squad is most likely moving to the 206 I've been forced to look at their roster more in depth. If I'm going to be rooting for these guys I need to have a definitive opinion as to who should stay and who should go. If Cleavie Wonder was wearing the GM hat this would be my analysis of each player.
Tyreke Evans: 6'6 PG. Although Tyreke was rookie of the year a few years ago he seems like a player that doesn't have a true position. Too much of a shooter to effectively play the point, but not quite a good enough shooter to play the 2 every game. It wouldn't hurt my feelings to see him go because for the moment he has trade value.
Aaron Brooks: 6'0 PG. You know what you're going to get with this guy. A solid point guard that can run the offense and knock down open shots, but don't expect a lot more than that. He can stay.
Jason Thompson: 6'11 PF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Whatever.
Jimmer Fredette: 6'2 PG. A good shooter, but too slow to guard the elite point guards in the Western conference (Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker) and too small to play shooting guard. Wouldn't hurt my feelings if he left.
Isaiah Thomas: 5'8 PG. An overachiever with a lot of heart, but a defensive liability. I'd prefer if he came off the bench for energy and instant offense.
Francisco Garcia: 6'7 SF. A journeyman veteran that can provide leadership, but that's about it. At $6,000,000 he's expendable.
Marcus Thornton: 6'4 SG. He shows flashes of brilliance, but not often enough to rely on him. He can stay for now.
Thomas Robinson: 6'10 PF. Way too early to tell what he's going to become. A keeper.
James Johnson: 6-9 PF. A glue guy that does all the dirty work. He can stay.
Chuck Hayes: 6'6 PF. Nothing bad to say, but nothing good either. He's kinda small for the position, but a good insurance policy. He can stay for now.
John Salmons: 6'6 SF. The league has figured his game out. $8,000,000 seems a bit far fetched to keep him around.
Travis Outlaw: 6'9 SF. Maybe a few years ago he would be an integral part, but I'm indifferent at this point in his career.
DeMarcus Cousins: 6'11 C. The biggest wild card in the game right now. Such tremendous talent, but such a headache at the same time. People are going to be who they are, but I'm not comfortable with someone this volatile being the team's best player and foundation for the future. I'd let him go, but only if I got ample compensation.
There you have it. Gut the team and decide whether you want to build around a player with superstar talent and maturity issues, or trade him and go in a different direction. This is not an easy decision to make and will ultimately determine the future success of the team. My instincts tell me to let him go. Your thoughts?