Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Kings Lucky they Dumped Webber

The Sacramento Kings may not be the Western Conference powerhouse they were two short years ago, but they've been able to make a handful of great personel moves in the last two years to make their future much brighter.

This spring they dumped Chris Webber's bad knees and huge contract on the 76ers. They also were able to rid themselves of Doug Christie and his crazy wife, Jackie. Last summer, they also cut ties with the soon to retire Vlade Divac. Two years ago, they were able to acquire Brad Miller from the Pacers. Not to mention, they somehow acquired Mike Bibby in 2001 in exchange for Randy Moss's best white friend, Jason "White Choclate" Williams.

After coming out in 2002 like an All-Star, Bobby Jackson has been plagued by one injury after another for the past three years. He was only able to suit up for 25 games this season. Luckily, the team has the option to cut the 32-year-old loose this summer.

Hedo Turkoglu was said by some to be just as good as Peja Stoijakovic. While Stoijakovic isn't the all-around player you'd like him to be, he's clearly much better than having Turkoglu on the floor. The Kings decision to dump him on San Antonio last year in the Brad Miller trade continues to look better and better.

My only gripe with the Kings right now is there decision to sign Greg Ostertag last summer. Giving him a two year deal (or any deal for that matter) just boogles the mind. I know they were hurting for big men, but it's still a signing that makes no sense. They were, in the words of Neil Patrick Harris, "trippin' balls" when they decided to do this one.

Even if they decide against bringing back Jackson and Songalia (both with one-year options for next season), the team is still capped out for all intensive purposes until 2007. Despite that depressing thought, Kings fans have to be happy to see the roster moves paying off, while other teams have taken on their over-the-hill players.
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