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Kings Deny Report Of Bringing In Executive Above Vlade Divac

Mar 28, 2017 11:15 AM

The Sacramento Kings issued a statement refuting a report that they have interest in hiring an executive to oversee basketball operations above Vlade Divac.

Sam Hinkie was mentioned as a target of interest for the Kings.

“The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in above Vlade,” the team said.

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, just like Divac was to oversee Pete D’Alessandro.

Ken Catanella was hired as assistant general manager last offseason.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie

Mar 27, 2017 8:06 PM

The Sacramento Kings have received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to speak to Sam Hinkie about a role in their front office.

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

Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers last April.

Marc Stein, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'

Mar 24, 2017 11:55 AM

Matt Barnes will have his first opportunity to play the Sacramento Kings since he was released by the team in February. Barnes and the Golden State Warriors host the Kings on Friday.

“I’m trying to kill them,” said Barnes. “Plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there.”

Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

“It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day’s time you’re no longer a part of the organization,” Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. “It was kind of a rude awakening.”

Barnes is averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games with his new team.

“They’re the enemy now,” Barnes said of the Kings. “We’re trying to kill them, beat them by 50.”

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing

Mar 23, 2017 2:50 PM

The Sacramento Kings would have likely hired Patrick Ewing as head coach if Dave Joerger didn't become available.

Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

With Georgetown firing John Thompson III, there has been speculation Ewing could have interest in the job. Ewing has so far been committed to the NBA.

Ewing's son had been on Thompson's staff and he's remained close and loyal to the Thompson family.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Matt Barnes, Kings Mutually Made Decision On Release

Mar 12, 2017 11:56 AM

The Sacramento Kings waived Matt Barnes to create a roster spot following the DeMarcus Cousins trade despite owning a $6.4 million option for 17-18.

Barnes was a veteran presence to help the Kings push for the playoffs with DeMarcus Cousins.

“They were so adamant in not trading DeMarcus, so once they traded him, my mind-set is they’re starting over and my mind-set is also I’m too old to start over,” Barnes said. “So Vlade [Divac, the Kings’ general manager] had that understanding and the next day we spoke and it was a mutual, ‘Hey, I understand it’s a business and I want to win.’ And he understood that. So from there guys started calling me.”

Barnes received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. Barnes signed with the Warriors following the injury to Kevin Durant.

“So, it was a waiting game,” Barnes said. “I just stayed ready, working out in LA, hanging with my kids. I got a call when I was at their [basketball] practice and then coach [Steve] Kerr called me at about 10 o’clock that night and I was on a plane to Chicago the next day.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rudy Gay Undecided On Opting Out Of Contract With Kings

Mar 10, 2017 11:46 AM

Rudy Gay informed the Sacramento Kings before the start of the season he intended to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Gay holds a $14.3 million player option for the 17-18 season.

Gay said those plans could change due to his Achilles injury. Gay will make his decision after an evaluation of his health and his agent's assessment of the market.

“I’m looking at where I feel most comfortable, where I can showcase my talents and win,” Gay said. “Wherever I think I can do that at, that’s the best place for me.”

Gay has been rehabbing three days a week in Miami.

“It’s tough,” Gay said of the workouts, which include strength, range of motion and weight training. “Basically, I’m becoming more aware of my body; I’m understanding things a little better. I’m taking this time to understand my body and not just get back with my foot but the rest of my body, also. It’s given me time to become a better athlete.”

Gay, who had previous Achilles’ issues, said he immediately feared the injury was serious when he went down while driving toward the rim.

“It was just one of those situations where there’s only so much you can do in a situation like that,” Gay said. “I already knew what happened. I was just thinking maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was.”

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Ty Lawson Has Tested Positive For Alcohol Three Times Since September

Mar 8, 2017 12:59 PM

As part of his probation, Ty Lawson tested positive alcohol three times over the past seven months.

Lawson is on probation due to his 2015 drunk driving case in Denver.

Lawson had positives tests on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Feb. 7.

During media day on Sept. 26, Lawson told the media he vowed to move forward from his past issues.

Lawson is on a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

TMZ

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Lakers Were Scrambling To Communicate Internally When Kings Traded Cousins

Mar 8, 2017 10:53 AM

Magic Johnson fielded a call from Vlade Divac about the Los Angeles Lakers potential interest in trading for DeMarcus Cousins when the Sacramento Kings were looking to deal him.

Johnson said he wasn't empowered to make that type of decision and referred Divac to Mitch Kupchak. Johnson never heard another word from the Lakers' front office even when they engaged in trade talks with the Kings on Sunday, February 19th before Cousins was dealt.

Divac believed he had a narrow window to trade Cousins and had to act quickly. Kings' ownership had given approval for a Cousins' trade involving Buddy Hield and Brandon Ingram.

Divac and the New Orleans Pelicans had met four or five times in person by the time the Lakers got involved. Divac was negotiating over the phone with Jim Buss and Kupchak despite the fact Johnson was in New Orleans that weekend.

Jeanie Buss had previously instructed Kupchak and her brother that she was to be consulted if they discussed trades involving any of the Lakers' three recent lottery picks. 

Jeanie Buss only received work about the talks which involved two of those three lottery picks after Jim Buss called Jess Buss and pressed him for a recommendation. The offer also would quickly expire. Jesse Buss tried to text Jeanie Buss, but the deadline was fast approaching and the Kings finalized the Cousins' deal with the Pelicans before her and Johnson even knew about the Lakers' attempts.

The lack of communication on the Cousins trade reinforced why she had already made her decision to fire Kupchak and Jim Buss.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Will Make Kings' Decision In Offseason

Mar 2, 2017 1:33 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic released a statement commenting about his future with Fenerbahce in light of a report that the Sacramento Kings planned to sign him for the 17-18 season.

"I wanted to comment on a recent media report regarding me and the Sacramento Kings as I am receiving many questions from fans about my future," wrote Bogdanovic. "It is humbling and an honor for Vlade Divac to speak highly of me as a basketball player. He is a Serbian basketball legend.

"To be clear though, I will not discuss the NBA or make a decision on my future until after my season with Fenerbahce is finished. I always live in the present day and love playing for Fenerbahce. I am only focused on doing everything I can to help Fenerbahce achieve the goals we set together as a team."

Bogdanovic is on an existing contract signed with the Fenerbahce for the 17-18 season. The deal contains a buyout worth more than $1 million. 

The Kings own the draft rights to Bogdanovic and Vlade Divac recently said the team expects to bring him over to the NBA for the 17-18 season.

David Pick

Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings, Fenerbahce Ulker, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Vlade Divac: We Were Stuck With Boogie Situation, It Was Time To Start Over

Feb 26, 2017 6:31 PM

Vlade Divac elaborated on the Sacramento Kings' decision to trade away DeMarcus Cousins last week to the New Orleans Pelicans.

"It was a lot of things, but basically, I thought it was time to start over," said Diavac. "There was a lot of bad stuff happening here the last five years, a lot of bad habits. There were always issues, many you don’t even know about. Now I believe strongly this was the right thing to do for our future. Now I have a clear vision. This city deserves better, and I want to create that. With DeMarcus’ situation, I basically was stuck."

Divac was then asked what he meant by being "stuck".

"Maybe we're going to win a few more games than last year but probably not make the playoffs. Then where are we? Same old place. And we have that contract to deal with. If we keep DeMarcus this summer, we have to extend him, or otherwise he would be on an expiring contract that everyone would be afraid of. Teams don’t trade a lot for a player they aren’t sure will re-sign with you. And if he extended, we couldn’t sign him for an entire year anyway."

Divac also expanded upon his remark that he had a better offer a few days before they agreed upon the one that was completed.

"When I was first talking with the Pelicans, it was about Buddy (Hield) and two first-round picks. I talked to DeMarcus’ agents (Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana) to inform them we were having talks, negotiating terms, and they called teams and threatened them, saying that if Cousins was traded, he would not sign an extension. (Only the Kings could offer a fifth year, at a higher percentage of salary cap, because of Cousins’ designated veteran status.) They got scared and dropped it down to a second-round pick. I thought if I waited longer, I would get less. I needed to act."


Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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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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Omri Casspi Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Thumb
In his Pelicans debut, Omri Casspi recorded 12 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

RealGM Staff Report

Ranadive Texted Cousins For Input On Kings Trading For Player Before ASG Weekend
DeMarcus Cousins was told a week before he was traded by the Kings to the Pelicans that he wouldn't be dealt.

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Kings Hope To Trade Arron Afflalo By Deadline
Arron Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings in the offseason, but the Kings are now pivoting towards a rebuild following the trade of DeMarcus Cousins.

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Lakers, Kings Could Be Trade Partner For 76ers On Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers have had discussions with 10 or 11 teams on a trade for Jahlil Okafor.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Tried To Recruit Each Other
DeMarcus Cousins is looking forward to partnering with Anthony Davis, calling the combo 'fire & ice'.

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Kings Left Some Teams Wishing They Had Chance To Bid For DeMarcus Cousins
The Kings perhaps prematurely found a deal for DeMarcus Cousins with the Pelicans before they could allow his market to materialize.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Included Dave Joerger, Entire Basketball Ops On DeMarcus Cousins' Decision
The Kings told DeMarcus Cousins he wouldn't be traded on Feb. 2nd, but he then picked up a series of technical fouls.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Sacramento: Thanks For Dealing With This Knucklehead
DeMarcus Cousins never wanted to leave the Kings and figures to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Sacramento.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Pelicans Removed Extra First In Offer For DeMarcus Cousins, Fearful Of Him Leaving
Dell Demps only needed to trade one first round pick to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Suns Didn't Want To Break Up Core To Acquire DeMarcus Cousins
The Suns could have offered DeMarcus Cousins an opportunity to reunite with his former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe.

John Gambadoro/Arizona Sports

Vivek Ranadive Believes Buddy Hield Has 'Steph Curry Potential'
Vivek Ranadive's fixation on Buddy Hield reportedly played a big role in driving the trade.

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Kings Had Better Offer For DeMarcus Cousins Fall Through
Vlade Divac also revealed he went to All-Star weekend in New Orleans with the intent of trading away Cousins.

Sean Cunningham/ABC10

DeMarcus Cousins Officially Traded By Kings To Pelicans
"It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization," said Vlade Divac.

RealGM Staff Report

Kings To Waive Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Kings during the 2016 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade
The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Traded By Kings To Pelicans
The Pelicans have agreed to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Break Off DeMarcus Cousins Trade Talks With Lakers
The Kings were seeking Brandon Ingram as part of a trade with the Lakers for DeMarcus Cousins.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Vlade Divac Delivers Two Best DeMarcus Cousins Trade Proposals To Ranadive
The Kings are seeking young talent, draft picks and expiring contracts in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Report: 50/50 Chance Of Kings Trading DeMarcus Cousins By Deadline
The Kings and Pelicans have discussed a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins during All-Star weekend.

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