Well, there are multiple options I guess. One is they can stand pat and let their current rotation of big’s man the middle for them. I’m not sure if I’m ready to believe that a Cousins/Hickson/Thompson rotation really works however.
The first available option would be to re-sign Dalembert given that Sammy is still on the market. (The only thing more strange than Sam Dalembert being on the market so long is that Arron Afflalo was on the market a really long time too.)
What would it take to re-sign Dalembert? Quite a bit I bet. There is a reason the Kings renounced Dalembert, and there is a reason they have considered Dalembert an option to re-sign. Since the tests that showed Chuck Hayes has a medical issue (that really sucks by the way), I’m sure re-signing Dalembert has remained within the teams thoughts.
What other big men are out there? That’s the question. The Kings have guys who can play PF & C in Cousins and Thompson. Hickson is a PF. Donte Greene and Travis Outlaw both are combo F’s who in some cases are better at the PF spot than the SF spot. In a dire emergency (meaning everybody’s injured) Hassan Whiteside might be available assuming he hasn’t thrown a hissy fit that day.
The biggest issue I think the Kings are missing is Chuck Hayes leadership and veteran savvy. Which without Hayes is a real problem with or without Dalembert. Dalembert is certainly talented enough to do so, but will he? That’s a question only time could answer along with a Dalembert re-signing in Sacramento.
If that isn’t an indication of how many people miss Hayes, and how quickly Dalembert has been forgotten along the way, what else is there? Hopefully, at the end of the day, the Kings can sign someone like Dalembert and get this over with. It might even work. As always we don’t know until it happens and it’s merely guesswork based on details of the past as to how something would work moving forward.
It says a lot when the franchise and fans miss the presence of a player who never played a single game for the Kings. I never thought I’d say this, but whoever replaces Chuck Hayes in the rotation has some large shoes to fill.