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Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-07-02

Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-07-02

Tyreke Evans, G, 6-5, Memphis (first round) -- The Kings love his ability to get to the rim and defend, but hope he improves his shooting and passing.

Omri Casspi, F, 6-9, Maccabi Tel Aviv (first round) -- He was drafted for his energy and toughness, as Casspi is a fiery competitor who excels in the up-tempo game. He must add muscle and improve his shooting.

Jon Brockman, F, 6-7, Washington (second round) -- The former teammate of Kings center Spencer Hawes is a bruiser in every sense of the word, but his lack of size or athleticism will make this quite a challenge for him.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Of the five Kings players who will be free agents this summer, none appears likely to return. Forward Ike Diogu, however, appears to have the best shot.

The final two games from Diogu (31 points and 11 rebounds at Denver and 28 points and 13 rebounds at Minnesota) certainly impressed the Kings. The next step came in the June 25 draft, as the notion of the Kings drafting a big man with either of their two first-round picks would have almost certainly meant Diogu would not be a priority. As it was, though, they took guard Tyreke Evans (Memphis) and slight small forward Omri Casspi (Israel), leaving hope for a Diogu return.

Veteran guard Bobby Jackson, who has played six of his 12 seasons in Sacramento and is a fan favorite, has said he wants to play two more seasons but will certainly look at scenarios in which he can be more competitive. Fourth-year guard Rashad McCants had occasional breakout games and reminded observers that he is a talented scorer, but it likely wasn't enough to warrant a contract offer. Big men Cedric Simmons and Calvin Booth were relative non-factors in their time with the Kings after being traded to Sacramento in February.


--C Spencer Hawes suffered quite a scare in the Kings' second-to-last game of the season, getting shoved by Denver's Kenyon Martin and suffering a left knee strain that had Hawes and his bosses holding their breath. Yet the player who recently turned 21 years old and has a history of knee problems had an MRI that revealed no significant damage and has since reported that he is healthy again. While Hawes made major strides in his second season, he remains a pivotal piece for the Kings, and his ability to stay healthy will only expedite his growth.

--G Kevin Martin hobbled through much of the Kings' season with a left ankle injury that simply wouldn't go away. And after missing the season's final eight games, Martin had been resting the ankle in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio, before heading to Florida to work with his personal coach. He is now back in Sacramento, where he has been working out at the team's practice facility.

--SF Donte' Greene is used to small crowds, having played at Arco Arena in his rookie season while the Kings finished last in the league in attendance. But his off-season work has included entertaining crowds of an even smaller size, as Greene has been playing in the Sacramento Professional Developmental League at a high school in the area. It has been part of an all-hoops, all-the-time summer for Greene, who has also been a frequent observer at the Kings' draft workouts.

--G Beno Udrih often admitted that a frequent lack of confidence affected his play last season, but he will have an opportunity to regain some swagger during the summer. Udrih, who is signed by the Kings for four more seasons, will play for the Slovenian national team.

--F Kenny Thomas is entering the final season of his contract and may very well finish his contract with another team. While the Kings have been unable to deal Thomas in recent years largely because of the size of his contract (owed $8.7 million next season), he is now an expiring contract and thus more attractive on the trade front. Thomas has been keeping his game sharp in the off-season, working with expected No. 1 pick Blake Griffin and others in San Francisco with former Knicks, Indiana, San Antonio and Seattle coach Bob Hill.



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