Like Sacramento, I believe in prioritizing talent over fit when drafting. I was also high on Haliburton. Plus, I thought he was miscast as a standard-issue point guard and would fit well with Fox.
I was lower on Mitchell overall. He’s not an easy fit with the incumbent backcourt.
But Mitchell has already shown signs he’ll exceed my pre-draft expectations. It’s definitely way too early to render a verdict on him. At minimum, I salute the Kings sticking with their plan to take the best long-term prospect available (unless they actually took Mitchell as a quick fix to their woeful defense in a bid to end their 15-year playoff drought).
Sacramento’s logjam at center is less excusable.
The swap looks even worse with Sacramento signing Alex Len (two years, $7,650,600), guaranteeing Damian Jones‘ minimum salary, partially guaranteeing Chimezie Metu‘s minimum salary, drafting Neemias Queta No. 39 and keeping Marvin Bagley (insert small forward joke here).
Though primarily focused on point guard and center, the Kings at least addressed the wing. They re-signed Terence Davis (two years, $8 million) and Maurice Harkless (two years, $8,912,580).
Harkless, entering his 10th NBA season, has been declining. He’ll add necessary depth if the Kings are somehow ahead of schedule and ready to compete for the postseason.
They probably aren’t, though.