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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Jun 21, 2017 11:18 PM

The New York have discussed Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios with each of the teams in the top-5 of the lottery as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings comprise the top-5.

The Suns have had recent conversations with the Knicks on Porzingis, while New York has also had substantive talks with at least two other teams.

The Knicks would like to target Josh Jackson if they do move up.

Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed that Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn't happened to me,'' Jackson said. "It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it's a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.''

In 2004, Shaquille O'Neal skipped his exit meeting with the Jackson-coached Lakers.

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Langston Galloway To Decline $5.4M Player Option With Kings

Jun 21, 2017 11:09 AM

Langston Galloway will decline his $5.4 million player option with the Sacramento Kings.

Galloway will have a $6.8 million cap hold and would become a restricted free agent if the Kings extend a $6.5 million qualifying offer.

Galloway averaged 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.2 minutes over 74 games last season with the Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Kings Declined Lakers' Offer Of No. 2 For Nos. 5, 10

Jun 21, 2017 10:55 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers attempted to trade the No. 2 pick to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks in the draft.

The Lakers would have packaged one of the two Kings' picks to the Indiana Pacers along with 27, 28 and salary cap filler for Paul George.

The Kings declined the offer as they believe they can get the player they want at No. 5 while keeping a second top-10 pick in what's considered a deep draft.

The Lakers are expected to select Lonzo Ball at No. 2 if they keep their pick.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Chris Granger Steps Down As President Of Kings

Jun 19, 2017 8:13 PM

Chris Granger has stepped down as president of the Sacramento Kings.

Granger was hired by Vivek Ranadive in August 2013 to oversee the team’s business operations.

Granger previously worked for former NBA Commissioner David Stern at the league’s New York headquarters.

“I just feel it’s time,” Granger said Monday. “I’m not leaving for another job. There is nothing imminent. But I want to do something else, to be challenged in a position working with multiple sports, maybe the Olympics, something with a bigger platform. With the arena, this job will be about selling corporate sponsorships, and I just think there’s one more big move in me. Plus, my girls are entering middle school, so this seems like the right time.”

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Rudy Gay Declines $14.3M Player Option With Kings

Jun 12, 2017 12:48 PM

Rudy Gay has officially declined to exercise his $14.3 million player option with the Sacramento Kings for the 17-18 season.

Gay will become an unrestricted free agent.

Gay ruptured his left Achilles tendon in January but has reportedly made progress.

Gay will likely seek a multi-year deal.

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Kings Decide Against Stretching Anthony Tolliver's $2M For 17-18

Jun 12, 2017 11:27 AM

The Sacramento Kings elected not to stretch the salary of Anthony Tolliver for the 17-18 season.

The Kings waived Tolliver on June 1st and he is owed $2 million next season.

Sacramento signed Tolliver to a two-year, $16 million contract in 2016. The decision to waive Tolliver saved the Kings approximately $6 million.

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Markelle Fultz To Work Out For Kings

Jun 9, 2017 10:51 AM

Markelle Fultz will work out for the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

Fultz has only also worked out for the Boston Celtics.

The Kings own the fifth and tenth overall picks in the 2017 draft. Sacramento has held discussions on packaging the two picks.

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Kings Waive Anthony Tolliver

Jun 1, 2017 6:50 PM

The Sacramento Kings have waived Anthony Tolliver.

The Kings would have owed $8 million to Tolliver had they kept him for the upcoming season. Tolliver will count as $2 million on the Kings' cap for the 17-18 season.

Tolliver averaged 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 2016-17, his only season with the Kings.

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Markelle Fultz, CAA Clients Won't Avoid Kings

May 16, 2017 2:49 AM

Markelle Fultz would have no issues playing for the Sacramento Kings should they move up in the draft in position to select him. A report from ESPN suggested the dysfunction of the Kings is causing agents to avoid sending their players for workouts and interviews with the franchise.

The Kings could only move as high as No. 2 due to a pick swap with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Kings met with Fultz at the draft combine in Chicago.

“I think Sacramento is a good place to grow,” said a source inside Fultz's camp.

“We have as a company (CAA), four or five guys that are going in the top 20,” agent Aaron Mintz told NBC Sports California. “They will all be going to Sacramento and we are very hopeful that the Kings will take one if not two of them.”

CAA represents Frank Ntilikina, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell and Luke Kennard, as well as plenty of others in this year’s draft.

“When you have good people who work hard and are passionate and honest, good things usually happen,” Mintz said of the Kings.

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Agents Continue To Push Draft Prospects Away From Kings

May 15, 2017 1:44 AM

The Sacramento Kings have recently struggled to have players work out for them during the draft process.

Due to the Kings' dysfunction, the thought has been players would be better off dropping in the draft to avoid what has been a difficult situation for young players.

The Kings hired Scott Perry this offseason in hopes of improving their relationship with agents and other front offices, but multiple agents told ESPN that they will continue to help their clients avoid Sacramento.

"It would be malpractice to let my clients play for them," one longtime agent said. "I've had clients there. It's still the most dysfunctional front office in the league, by a mile. How can you trust those guys with one of your players? It's going to take a long time to build that trust."

The Kings may be unable to host a player for a workout that goes in the top-20.

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Markelle Fultz Interviewing With Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Kings, Knicks
Markelle Fultz is one of the only top projected picks to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

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Rudy Gay To Opt Out Of $14.2M Contract With Kings
Rudy Gay was having a productive season before he suffered a complete tear of his Achilles tendon in Jan. 18th.

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Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past
NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which has changed this offseason.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations
Scott Perry had been with the Magic for the past five seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy
Luke Bornn will leave soccer giant A.S. Roma as well as his positions as an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and visiting scholar at Harvard University.

James Ham/NBC Sports California

Roland Beech Leaving Kings' Front Office
Roland Beech served as vice president of basketball results this past season.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Vlade Divac: Skal Labissiere Can Be Special
Skal Labissiere entered his freshman season at Kentucky as one of the most highly rated prospects but fell to the Kings at No. 28.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Buddy Hield, Dario Saric Named Rookies Of The Month For March
Hield is the first member of the Kings to win the award since Ben McLemore won in November of 2013.

RealGM Staff Report

DeMarcus Cousins Trying Not To Make First Game Against Kings Personal
DeMarcus Cousins was traded on the night of the All-Star Game.

William Guillory/Times-Picayune

Kings Deny Report Of Bringing In Executive Above Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac has said he is in charge of all basketball decisions, but that doesn't preclude Vivek Ranadive from hiring someone to be Divac's boss.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie
It is not yet known what type of role the Kings are considering for Sam Hinkie nor his level of interest.

Marc Stein, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Matt Barnes, Kings Mutually Made Decision On Release
Matt Barnes received interest from the Warriors, Clippers, Rockets, Spurs and Cavaliers.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Rudy Gay Undecided On Opting Out Of Contract With Kings
Rudy Gay will make his decision after an evaluation of his health and his agent's assessment of the market.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Ty Lawson Has Tested Positive For Alcohol Three Times Since September
Ty Lawson is on probation due to his 2015 drunk driving case in Denver.

TMZ

Lakers Were Scrambling To Communicate Internally When Kings Traded Cousins
Kings' ownership had given approval for a DeMarcus Cousins' trade involving Buddy Hield and Brandon Ingram.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Bogdan Bogdanovic Will Make Kings' Decision In Offseason
The Kings own the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic and Vlade Divac recently said the team expects to bring him over to the NBA for the 17-18 season.

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Vlade Divac: We Were Stuck With Boogie Situation, It Was Time To Start Over
Vlade Divac elaborated on the Kings' decision to trade away DeMarcus Cousins last week to the Pelicans.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Kings Plan On Signing Bogdan Bogdanovic In Offseason
Bogdan Bogdanovic is a 24-year-old shooting guard presently playing with Fenerbahce.

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