At this point all I can hope for is that another core piece emerges from this season besides John Wall. Right now that piece looks like it will be JaVale McGee. Sure he looked silly last night, but Dwight Howard will do that to 90% of the Centers in the league. After the core piece is identified my next hope is that we find a REAL contributor on the roster. Does not have to be a starter but if someone like Chris Singleton or Jan Vesely proves they can be in a 7-8 man rotation on good team then that is also great for us in the future. Lastly, I really believe we should go HARD after DeMarcus Cousins. I would offer anyone on the roster except Wall and McGee at this point. However, I would make the Kings choose between Vesely or Singleton. They cannot have both. Acquiring Cousins is HUGE for us from a personnell standpoint. McGee and Cousins would be a formidable frontcourt and it would allow us to focus on a wing in the draft. I know people want to say this draft is deep with PF's but none of them appeal to me. Anthony Davis is too frail and raw, Drummond has a great body but he's not even averaging 10pts right now, too raw. I love Sullinger as a college player but his body is already showing signs of deteriorating health and his narrow frame + lack of height and athleticism makes me think he wont be more than solid in the NBA. We dont want just solid right now. We need a potential All Star. I think it is safe to say Nick Young is gone after the season so the two guys who appeal most to me are Jeremy Lamb and Harrison Barnes. Lamb is an ideal backcourt mate for Wall because he is ultra athletic, can really stoke it, hits the glass, is a tenacious defender and can create scoring opportunities for himself as well. He is averaging close to 20 and 5 this year on a top 5 UConn team. Barnes is a classic 3 and would be great on the perimeter with Wall. Both of these guys bring what the Wiz need most, competetiveness and shooting. I would take either one in a heartbeat. I know you could argue "why draft a SF when we just took Singleton and Vesely"? I agree, that is why I would offer either Vesely or Singleton in any package to trade for Cousins. Barnes and Lamb both have the potential to be all star players in the league and we need to collect as many stars as we can. I really think Cousins would be a huge "get" for us and for our offseason plans. Offer Chris Singelton or Jan Vesely, Jordan Crawford, a protected pick + one of our 2nd rounders and anyone else on the roster not named John Wall or JaVale McGee. I know people will also say "why trade Vesely before we have seen him play" and those people are right. It is definitely a gamble, but we need to make a bold move. And I would trade the #6 pick from this past year's draft for the #5 pick (Cousins) in the previous years draft all day so I don't really look at it as a wasted draft pick.
Let' s say the Kings choose Vesely. If you go into the offseason with 4 core pieces in John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee, and Chris Singleton you are in OKAY shape. You have two legit starting NBA big men in Cousins and McGee, an all star point guard in Wall (hopefully) and a defensive monster on the wing who can also play the 4 in Singleton who may or may not be a starter (I think he is more of a 6th man type). Our pick will almost certainly be in the top 4 where Lamb and Barnes will probably both be available. You take one of them depending on who your main targets are in free agency. I would love for us to make a run at Eric Gordon. I know the Hornets just traded for him but they are such a mess with ownership and from an organizational stand point that I think we could steal him away. We will have a ridiculous amount of cap space once we amnesty Andray Blatche and hopefully trade Rashard Lewis' expiring contract (by the way I also fully support trying to buy him out if we can't find any trade takers). We could afford to overpay for Gordon so the Hornets won't match. If you get Gordon then you draft Barnes, if you cannot land Gordon then take your pick between Lamb and Barnes. Lets say we do steal Gordon away- your starting 5 would look like this after the draft:
John Wall, Eric Gordon, Harrison Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee
With Chris Singleton as your 6th man. Resign Ronny Turiaff, Draft William Buford from Ohio State with one of our 2nd rounders as a shooter off the bench. You still have Shelvin Mack as a backup PG. Then use the rest of our cap money (we will still have a ton) on good veteran role players like CJ Miles as G/F off the bench or Mickael Pietrus (not so high on him), would Kirk Hinrich ever come back? I'd take him as a 3rd guard. Matt Barnes, Boris Diaw, Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby. One BIG we should really go after is Omer Asik from the Bulls. I am not saying I want these guys but just using them as example. If went into the year with an 8 man rotation of: John Wall, Eric Gordon, Harrison Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee, Chris Singleton, CJ Miles, Omer Asik then I would be pretty damn happy. I don't think all this is that far fetched at all. But first we need to go after Cousins. Sorry for rambling.