Maybe new coach Reggie Theus proves to be the right replacement for Eric Musselman and gets a re-energized response from a group that never responded to Muss. Maybe Kevin Martin's $50 million contract extension winds up as a bargain if he keeps developing.As I suggested three months ago, I think that the Kings will be stuck going with a starting five of Bibby, Martin, Miller, Artest and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Given the size of the contracts, I do not believe that they will be successful in their attempts to trade any of these five players or Kenny Thomas. I think that the King's strategy is going to be to tell Theus to get Bibby and Artest to get along.
But look at the rest of the Kings' roster. Does anyone but Martin offer much long-term hope?
Marty McNeal notes in his column in the last two weeks:
Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie left Wednesday for Madrid, Spain, to see the final few days of the European championships. He said there was nothing on the table for the Kings in terms of a trade, so what the Kings have now likely will be what we'll see when they open training camp next month.