The deal is nearing completion and barring a last-minute change of mind from the Maloof’s, the Kings will be renamed the Seattle SuperSonics and will play next season in Key Arena. It’s in our best interest to start learning the names and attributes of the players that will be wearing Sonics green and representing Seattle in the NBA for the first time in five years.
Here are a few screen grabs from the Sacramento Kings website:
One of the first things that many will notice is that Isaiah Thomas, the former Washington Husky is on the roster, and having a solid year as well. The biggest name and the best talent is the second-year center, DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is expected to develop into one of the best big-men in the NBA.
It’s unknown how the new ownership group of Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer will handle bringing in the current Kings staff. The chances are good that they will want to bring in someone with ties to the SuperSonics or a big name to help develop this young team to contend quickly. Nate McMillian’s name has been thrown around.
The Kings don’t have a true superstar on the roster, which is in part why they are a team in the process of being sold. What the Kings do have is plenty of young, cheap talent. The team is in a position to let some of their pieces walk away and have the cash resources to attract a major star to come play in Seattle. Pairing a young, talented squad with a Chris Paul or Andre Iguodala could make the SuperSonics relevant in the NBA landscape pretty quickly.
The idea of having a brand new arena, as well as a city that has shown much passion for the SuperSonics, and the Seahawks with their incredible season should be enough to entice marquee free agents to take Seattle seriously when entertaining offers from Hansen and Ballmer.