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3 Potential Free Agent Sacramento Kings Targets With Ties To Mike Brown

The dirty little secret of the NBA is that it’s not that different from the real world. And in the real world it pays to know people. Ultimately, the people who play this beautiful game of ours are human beings, and as such they tend to focus on the individuals they are familiar with.

Now that the Sacramento Kings and head coach Mike Brown have discovered his contract situation, the team can now lean on his extensive Rolodex of player connections (he’s been coaching in the NBA since 1997) to gain a competitive advantage in free agency this summer.

So, without further ado, here are three players with ties to Brown that the Kings could target in free agency this season.

In my opinion, retaining Malik Monk (an unrestricted free agent) should be the Kings’ first priority this offseason. Last year, Monk finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year voting and performed as one of the best combo guards in basketball.

After struggling to find his feet over the first five seasons, Monk has blossomed over the past two years in Sacramento, and a big reason for that is Brown’s guidance.

Brown, who was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2000s, copied some of the techniques Gregg Popovich used to use Manu Ginobili (his sixth man) to get the most out of Monk.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic did an excellent job chronicling the relationship between Monk and Brown. That bond could certainly be leveraged to ensure Monk stays in Sacramento.