Sacramento Kings Enter Off-Season With A Ton of Cap Space

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank will break down all thirty NBA teams over the next six weeks to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Sacramento Kings continue their youth movement this summer but also have more cap space to spend in free agency than any other team in the NBA.  Here is a look at what areas they should try to up-grade this off-season.

By: David Kay

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NBA Players’ Union Hands Out Guidebook in Case of Lockout

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It must be pretty tough trying to adjust to the real world after having everything handed to you on a silver spoon for most of your adult life. After all, having somebody take care of the first-class travel, accommodations, and restaurant reservations for pampered athletes requires a special skill.

Well it looks like the NBA millionaires will have to fend for themselves pretty soon if the league decides to lock them out. But if they do get told to take a hike when the current collective bargaining agreement runs out on June 30, the players’ union is doing its best to prepare them for the horrors that will surely follow. The union has written a 56-page guidebook on how to live without their outrageous salaries, called ‘Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.’ According to a union spokesperson, the books were handed out to clubs from November to February.

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NBA Power Rankings West 12-3

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By Paul M. Banks

1. Los Angeles Lakers (14-3)

Ron Artest is working out well so far. Who saw that coming? They have just so many weapons.

2. Phoenix Suns (14-5)

Finally held under 100 in a game. And it was the Knicks who did it? seriously

3. Denver Nuggets (13-5)

Like the Nelly song lyric says “a Nugget kinda fellow I push the Carmelo”. And Melo is leading the NBA in scoring this year. Anyone still think they’re a one-year wonder?

4. Dallas Mavericks (14-5)

I was pleased to hear NBA TV’s Marc Fein make the same exact observation I made in my last power rankings, the next day on television.

5. Portland Trail Blazers (12-8)

Oden is 3rd in the league in blocks, and finally showing some explosiveness on offense.

6. San Antonio Spurs (9-6)

Tim Duncan will go down as one of the most underrated players of this era. He’s not as flashy as Kobe or LeBron, but you can build titles around him.

7. Utah Jazz (10-7)

Booze is playing like a man looking for a new, big contract isn’t he? With stepping up to complement D. Will and Jerry Sloan now getting a four year extension, look for Utah to see some elevation in the standings.

8. Houston Rockets (10-8)

The Trevor Ariza, Carl Landry, and Aaron Brooks core is outperforming everyone’s expectations. They’re a lot better in reality than on paper

9. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-6)

Like Garth Brooks sang “Thunder rolls,” in his tune that was obviously about what happens when Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and James Harden are all on on the same night. J/K I know that song was about a much darker topic than OKC b-ball.

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10. Sacramento Kings (9-8)

They’re going to come back to Earth eventually, right? For the Kings, one game over .500 is out of this world

11. New Orleans Hornets (7-11)

Haven’t utterly self-destructed in the absence of CP3, so that’s encouraging. Fun fact: franchise born in Charlotte got it’s name from the city’s nickname “the Hornet’s nest”. Came from King George III who referred to Charlotte as “that hornet’s nest of rebellion.”

12. Los Angeles Clippers (8-11)

Chris Kaman is their leading scorer? REALLY! It won’t be long until Eric “Basketball Judas” Gordon steps up and passes him.

13. Memphis Grizzlies (3-8)

I’m not a big Gay guy. I don’t think Rudy Gay is someone you can build your franchise around. A good second or third option yes, go-to guy, no. Mayo isn’t the answer either.

14. Golden State Warriors (6-11)

I can think of a few teams that could score at will on their defense: the Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Longhorns, North Carolina Tar Heels.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves (2-16)

Time to start thinking about the ’73 Sixers 9-73 “record”, if the Nets don’t beat them to it.