After three stints as an interim coach, this season was supposed to be Keith Smart's first real chance to show what he could do on the NBA sidelines with a full summer and training camp to prepare.
Instead, the pending sale and relocation of the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group became a daily distraction for Smart's squad. The Kings finished 28-54, missed the playoffs for the seventh straight year and head into another offseason with the roster the same as the franchise's future off the court — uncertain.
The Kings can't truly start preparing for next season until NBA owners vote on the franchise's fate. Commissioner David Stern has said a decision is unlikely until at least May.