2. Sacramento Kings
The Kings finally did what needed to be done with the DeMarcus Cousins situation. The execution may have been poor, but Cousins has been freed from Sacramento and the organization finally has a fresh start With that move the Kings have moved towards youth and put the ball in the hands of their future. Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Buddy Hield are the new faces of an organization that for years just ran in place.
Sacramento can continue that youth movement, and add a piece that fits their current roster fairly well, with the addition of Ball. As far as places where Ball has the best chance to break out individually this might be the organization to do it. There’s no expectations in Sacramento right now from any of their young guys to do anything more than play basketball. That kind of freedom lends itself towards players like Ball to experiment with their game and put their skills to use. The rest of the teams looking at Ball right now are all in the process of a major rebuild that they want to take the next step forward in. Sacramento? It’s a blank slate.
The Kings would have interest in Ball, because they simply need a point guard and he’s currently considered the second best available. That said, there is a likelihood they lose their pick if they rise too high up in the lottery. If they want a shot at Ball they’re going to need some luck or hope Ball takes a bit of a dip.