The Sacramento Kings still have some areas of their roster to address following the completion of the 2012 NBA Draft. While some would point to the small forward position as the key area to improve, the Kings will reportedly make re-signing Jason Thompson their biggest priority. Thompson is an unrestricted free agent and could be a very valuable piece along with DeMarcus Cousins and (now) Thomas Robinson.
Here is the latest from Jason Jones, a beat writer for the Kings.
Again, Kings priorities are re-signing Jason Thompson and then seeing if they can find another vet that won't break the bank.— JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) June 30, 2012
Jones also reported that Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will be a name to keep an eye on in the coming days of free agency, but that he's restricted and Sacramento won't overpay to bring him to town.
So we're about 25 hours away from the start of free agency. Ideal target is SF Nicolas Batum, but he's restricted.— JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) June 30, 2012
The Kings always seem to go cheap whenever adding a guy through free agency, and that appears to be the case this time around. While it's never good to overpay for an aging veteran, you would like to see the front office be aggressive when pursuing someone who would fit nicely on the roster.
Then again, this is the same front office that acquired John Salmons last year.
For more on the Kings and their plans for free agency, head over to Sactown Royalty.