The Sacramento Kings have had a few more flashes this season. On Wednesday, September 22nd, the Kings brought in two veterans to benefit their locker room. The team has been trying to rebuild for years to no avail. They made a questionable trade at the trade deadline, sending Buddy Hield and other key pieces to the Indiana Pacers in a package around Domantas Sabinis. Sabinis has been solid for them, averaging 18.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, but whether he will stick with Sacramento long-term and become their long-term star is uncertain. These signings could be a way for Sacramento to not only develop their young players, but also try to keep their valuable players in Sacramento long-term.
The Sacramento Kings will sign two key veterans
Kent Bazemore’s work and influence
Kent Bazemore has become a quality wing player in the NBA. He is a role player who can play a great role on any team in the league. He averaged 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game last season with the Los Angeles Lakers while playing 14.0 minutes per night, but that shouldn’t reflect Bazemore’s potential. Especially with how jobless the Lakers were last year. The 10-year NBA veteran is averaging 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and a three-point shooting percentage of 35.6 percent.
His best career year in the game as a member of the Atlanta Hawks in 2017-18 saw him average 12.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Obviously, these aren’t numbers that scream “star”, but they can still be a valuable locker room presence for the right team. Not only does Bazemore have veteran experience for the Kings, he also provides more depth at the wing position. Hopefully, Kent Bazemore will find a real home with the Sacramento Kings this upcoming season.
Quinn Cook’s career so far
Quinn Cook spent last season with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Cook’s resume may not boast much, but it does include two championships as a member of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers. He has become an NBA journeyman as this will now be his sixth different team. Throughout his career, Cook averaged 6.4 points, 1.6 assists, 1.7 rebounds per game, and a true shooting percentage of 55.9 percent. Cook serves as one of the oldest mentors on the team, especially for rookie guard Keon Ellis.
Other guards that Cook will split time with include Matthew Dellavedova, Malik Monk and solid perimeter defender Davion Mitchell. Quinn Cook will never reach the same level as guys like Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. However, he can still play a quality role in this league, especially for a rebuilding Sacramento Kings team. Kent Bazemore and Quinn Cook may not be moving the needle for the Sacramento Kings, but their experience won’t hurt their chances.