The Golden State Warriors have made it clear that they are not going anywhere this summer.
But as the NBA offseason approaches, there is one team that has been conspicuously absent from the discussion: the Sacramento Kings.
As the Golden State-San Antonio Spurs have shown in recent seasons, when it comes to financial decisions, it is hard to be the one to make the call on the future of a team.
The Kings, however, appear to have made a conscious decision to not make a serious run at making a playoff push this summer, and instead focus on the short term.
While the Kings, the most likely candidate for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, have not been in the league’s top five since 2011-12, the team has had an outstanding season so far.
They’ve made the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, and their most recent trip to the Western Finals ended with a victory over the Denver Nuggets.
The Kings have a strong supporting cast that includes reigning MVP Kevin Durant and All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas.
The addition of veteran guard Rudy Gay has helped the Kings’ defense, which has allowed the team to average more points per possession and take fewer 3-pointers per game.
Sacramento’s offense has been bolstered by a potent backcourt that includes guard Tyreke Evans, who has become one of the NBA’s most lethal big men, and forward DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 20.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the field.
While Sacramento is not going to make it to the NBA Finals this year, it has shown signs that it has some depth in the frontcourt and could be in a playoff hunt down the stretch.
The team also has a talented and deep bench, with veteran guard DeMarcus Ware, guard Darren Collison, forward De’Aaron Fox, forward Marcus Thornton and guard DeAndre Jordan all signed for the upcoming season.
It will be interesting to see how the Kings and Spurs fare in the playoffs, and whether they will be able to make a playoff run with the current roster.