Kings Fans: Three Important NBA Offseason Dates

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The Sacramento Kings finished the 2021-22 season 30-52 and set an NBA record for missing the playoffs for the 16th year in a row. General Manager Monte McNair and the Kings front office are in the process of hiring a new head coach, the 20th head coach since the franchise moved from Kansas City to Sacramento in 1985.

Ahead, I will go into three important dates during the NBA offseason and how they impact the Sacramento Kings, along with one HUGE question I have for the Sacramento Kings this offseason!

Three Important Offseason Dates

1. NBA Draft Lottery – Tuesday, May 17

Sacramento currently sits at the 7th spot in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. Their odds to land a top 4 selection are 32% and have a 7.5% chance of landing the 1st overall selection.

A few names I have seen linked to the Kings if they keep that 7th spot have been Keegan Murray, Shaedon Sharpe, and Ben Mathurin. Another intriguing name I recently saw linked to the Kings was senior 6’5″ shooting guard Ochai Agbai, a member of the 2022 NCAA National Champions Kansas Jayhawks.

2. NBA Draft – Thursday, June 23rd

Sacramento currently has three selections in the 2022 NBA Draft. The NBA Draft lottery on May 17th will determine where the Kings draft in the 1st round. The Kings are currently sitting in the 7th spot in the 1st round and hold selections 37 and 49 in the 2nd round.

Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair has done a good job of drafting in the 1st round. He drafted Tyrese Haliburton 12th overall in 2020 and Davion Mitchell 9th overall in 2021. Haliburton was beloved in Sacramento and was the major piece in the mid-season 2021-22 trade where the Kings acquired NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis and shipped out Buddy Hield. Davion Mitchell still has to find his niche in the NBA and with the Kings, but his future is promising as one of the most respected on-ball defenders in the NBA.

McNair has not done as well in the 2nd round. Both 2020 2nd round selections, Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard II, are no longer with the team. 2021 2nd round selection Neemias Queta is highly touted defensively, looked good in the G-League with the Stockton Kings, but still has a lot of work to do to make an impact in meaningful NBA games.

3. Free Agency Signing Period

– Moratortium Period August 2-6

– Official signing begins 12:01 pm ET on August 6th

Free Agency Moratorium

The Free Agency Moratorium is a negotiation period from Aug. 2-6 in which teams may not sign most free agents or make trades. Starting at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2, teams may negotiate deals with free agents. However, those players cannot officially sign until 12:01 p.m. on Aug. 6.

The Kings have a lot of room to improve to become a play-in or playoff team in 2022-23. Improving a 27th/30 ranked defense will be a huge priority. Having five legitimate NBA starters would also help quite a lot. HoopsHype published a list of the top free agents this offseason.

One Question I Have

Will Richaun Holmes be on the Sacramento Kings 2022-23 opening night roster?

As always, Go Sacramento Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Tom Witt has been in sports media for just under a decade. He started off freelancing, earning a role as an editor and Sacramento Kings writer at Overtime Heroics.

He also is an avid Spikeball fan/competitor (roundnet is the name of the sport played on Spikeball equipment) - Tom is also the head editor at the Roundnet World blog.