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RUMOR: Kings prioritizing center in free agency


The Sacramento Kings are reportedly looking to sign a center in free agency this summer, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Some reports have said the Kings will pursue Orlando Magic big man Nikola Vucevic, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Vucevic averaged 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season for the Magic.

The Kings have been prioritizing a center in the free-agent marketplace, league sources said.

Sacramento’s frontcourt depth is currently headlined by Marvin Bagley III, Willie Cauley-Stein, Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica. The Kings won 39 games in 2018-19. It was the most wins by a Sacramento team since 2006, which just so happens to be the last time the franchise made the playoffs.

Luke Walton is the new coach in Sacramento. Adding a talented center who can command double teams in the post would be beneficial for point guard De’Aaron Fox and shooting guard Buddy Hield. The more driving lanes Fox has will create ample space for Hield to get wide open looks from beyond the arc.

The Kings used to be one of the laughingstocks of the league. General manager Vlade Divac has done a good job of changing the culture of the team. Drafting Fox and Bagley also helped.