Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, the Sacramento Kings had a paltry 28-36 record. Their playoff hopes weren’t completely lost, but odds are they were going to miss the postseason yet again.

The Sacramento franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006. Kings fans are dying to see their favorite basketball team play in the postseason, but no one knows when that day will come.

The team’s young core of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, and Bogdan Bogdanovic is talented and full of hungry players. Moreover, the Kings showed plenty of signs this season they are close to breaking through that playoff drought.

Nonetheless, Sacramento also showed signs they are the same old Kings franchise that hasn’t had a winning record for 15 years now. It didn’t help that Hield and new head coach Luke Walton had some tension after the shooting guard publicly questioned the coach’s decisions in a loss to the Houston Rockets.

Since then, Hield and Walton have made up, but it seems like dysfunction and the Kings seemingly go together. Last season was a promising step towards respectability, but they have a long way to go before becoming true contenders again.

If the 2019-20 season gets canceled altogether, there are three possible moves Kings general manager Vlade Divac can make to ensure Sacramento is staying on the right course.

1. Re-sign Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdanovic becomes a restricted free agent in the offseason after the Kings offer him his qualifying offer. Sacramento chose not to trade the small forward at the February trade deadline because ownership is confident about re-signing the Serbian wing in free agency.

As a restricted free agent, Bogdanovic can sign an offer sheet with another team if he wants, and then the Kings would have 48 hours to match it or let the swingman walk.

Before the season was suspended, Bogdanovic was averaging 14.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.4 percent from the free-throw line.

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2. Sign Aron Baynes

The Kings would be smart to pursue the Phoenix Suns big man in free agency. He can help the team with their rebounding issues and stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting.

Sacramento could hypothetically throw out a starting lineup of Fox, Bogdanovic, Harrison Barnes, Bagley, and Baynes. Walton could then bring Corey Joseph, Hield, Jabari Parker, Nemanja Bjelica, and Richaun Holmes off the bench.

With the Suns this season, Baynes put up 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. He also shot 35.1 percent from deep and made 59 triples. That’s the production the Kings need from their starting center alongside Fox, Barnes, Bagley, and Bogdanovic.

3. Re-sign Kent Bazemore

The Kings acquired Bazemore from the Portland Trail Blazers in the Trevor Ariza trade. He was making $19.3 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Parker is talented, but he’s also injury prone. The Kings would be wise to re-sign Bazemore to solidify their wing depth just in case something happens to Jabari.

The former No. 2 overall pick has torn his ACL twice and has only appeared in one game with the Kings following his trade from the Atlanta Hawks because of a shoulder injury that required a non-surgical procedure.

Bazemore was averaging 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in the 21 games he played with the Kings. The lefty shot 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and has established himself as a great locker room presence.