Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings’ front office decided to have a fireworks show of their own on Tuesday by first announcing the signing of veteran point guard George Hill to a three-year,$57 million deal.
Hill,31, spent last season with the Utah Jazz where he had a career year despite having it shortened due to injuries,playing in 49 games while averaging a career high of nearly 17 points per game. He shoots very well from three-point range (40.3-percent), and from the field overall (49-percent).
When this was announced on Twitter, fans were surprised and elated. I think they were surprised because there weren’t any murmurs about Hill even coming to Sacramento. In fact,there were early reports that he was signing with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal. The only major player the Kings were tied to was Otto Porter,Jr., a move that had some fans feeling a bit mixed about.
Divac was not done there. Not whatsoever. Moments later it was announced that power forward Zach Randolph had signed a two-year,$24 million contract to play in Sacramento, which will probably be the end of career as he will be 36 when the season starts.
Randolph played in 73 games last season in a new role as a sixth man and averaged 14.1 points and 24.5 minutes per game. He’s not the same player he used to be,but adds a great veteran presence on a young Sacramento team that can use some guidance.
These moves compliment a well-done draft for Divac and the Kings and it shows the fans locally and folks around the league that there is a plan in place,that the people working in the front office know what they’re doing and are doing whatever is possible to turn things around.
After the way things shaped up following the 2016 draft and after trading DeMarcus Cousins at the All-Star break, the Kings decided to go in a different,more positive direction and they’re doing just that. Their roster as it stands has quite a few quality players,both on and off the court. They drafted four quality guys not too long ago and yesterday,they added two more. I haven’t been this excited for a Kings team in a while and although I’m not expecting a run at the eighth-seed next season, I am expecting these guys to play good basketball and giving the fans something to watch going forward.
Well done,Vlade! Keep up the great work!