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DeMarcus Cousins Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics

Aug 28, 2016 12:59 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is open to playing for Team USA again in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Cousins won a gold medal in his first Olympics for the United States.

“I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]. I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it,” he said. “I think people don’t understand [how hard this winning is]. They see the guys on the roster and they think automatically, they’re supposed to win. This [international game] isn’t our game. This isn’t the way we play. This is an adjustment for every guy on the roster.

“No matter how much time there is, if guys can come together and mesh and play with some type of chemistry, you’re going to win games. It’s been proven in the past. We’ve had some of the most talented teams in the past and we didn’t win, so it’s not as easy as people think it is.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, National, National Olympics

RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Aug 27, 2016 4:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) break down the Pacific Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (17:22) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (42:34).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:44), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Pacific (1:02:35), choose breakout players (1:16:00) and much more.



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Execs Don't Expect DeMarcus Cousins To Re-Sign With Kings In 2018

Aug 26, 2016 4:04 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is expected by many around the NBA to leave the Sacramento Kings in 2018 when he's eligible for free agency.

"They're fooling themselves if they think he's sticking around," said one league executive. "The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn't a point of no return in which you're not getting high value for him. Teams will bid against each other in the trade market. Maybe [Cousins] doesn't go for the biggest money in free agency but you'd love to have that card to play."

The Kings have two trade deadlines and one offseason to consider trading Cousins before he's free to leave on his own.

Sacramento is hoping Dave Joerger will be able to quickly connect with Cousins the way Michael Malone previously did before he was fired.


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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Reno Bighorns Holding Open Tryouts In Late August

Aug 15, 2016 9:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns will hold open tryouts in Reno on Saturday, Aug. 27 and in Sacramento on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Players will compete to earn an invitation to the Bighorns' training camp in early November.

Members of the Bighorns and Sacramento Kings' staff will be in attendance to evaluate players.

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Tags: Sacramento Kings, Reno Bighorns, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Rudy Gay Denies Asking For Trade, Has No Idea On Direction Of Kings' Franchise

Jul 27, 2016 12:06 PM

Rudy Gay was asked about how he's handling reports the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade him this offseason.

"I mean it's been pretty loud as of late so it's hard not to pay attention to it," said Gay. "I think it just goes to, I don't know, I think there's always ways to do things and in this situation I don't think it's going about the right way. No matter what your intentions to do with your players, I would think the first thing you want to do is make sure people are happy with what you are doing. That hasn't been the case."

Gay hasn't had much communication with the franchise.

"No, I haven't. I've had communication, but not the kind of communication that I would say I like," Gay said.

Gay elaborated on hearing things through media reports instead of direct communication.

"You don't want to hear things on the internet, on Twitter. You would like to hear it from out of the horse's mouth. Just be upfront with people, that's all you have to do," Gay said.

Gay also denied that he's asked for a trade.

"No. I think people saw my disinterest, not disinterest, but I think people saw what went on this season and kind of went on that to say that I asked for a trade. I still feel like I had a lot more to give ... because of the structure of the team I wasn't able to give everything."

Gay also has no idea what the direction of the franchise is right now as they move into a new arena.

"I have no idea. I suit up and give it my all. That's all I can do in this situation, that's all you can do. Go out there and play as much as you can. Obviously, we don't have anything to really build on. We have a new coach. I think that's the only thing we can really build on. New coach and seeing how it plays out."

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Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings To Name Street Leading To New Arena After David Stern

Jul 26, 2016 11:14 AM

The Sacramento Kings will name the street leading to the front door of their new arena in honor of David Stern.

Stern helped keep the Kings from relocating away from Sacramento.

“When I learned we would have the option of naming the road, it was a no-brainer for me,” Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive told The Sacramento Bee on Monday. “There were no other names on my list. David took the NBA to the global level and started the WNBA, but he is about so much more than basketball. He is one of the greatest leaders in the world, and on top of that, the team would not be in Sacramento without David Stern.”

Stern was told about the plan during a visit from Ranadive in April.

“Vivek asked if he could stop by, and I said, ‘Sure,’ ” Stern said late Monday. “He said, ‘In light of your 30 years as commissioner and everything you have done for Sacramento, we’d like to name the street on which Golden 1 Center sits in your name.’ I was deeply touched. I said, ‘Now what do I do?’ He said, ‘You have to come out for the dedication on Sept. 30 and the first home game of the season (date to be determined).’ I said, ‘Sure.’ ”

Stern convinced the league’s owners to resist the Maloofs’ proposed relocation to Anaheim in 2011. In 2013, he helped assemble the ownership group headed by Ranadive, a move that thwarted the Maloofs’ sale of the franchise to Seattle’s Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA

DeMarcus Cousins Calls Carmelo Anthony 'My Favorite Player Of All-Time'

Jul 22, 2016 12:30 PM

DeMarcus Cousins sometimes resembles a wing player in the body of a big at 6'11, 270 pounds.

Cousins cites Carmelo Anthony as his favorite player of all-time.

“I’m a fan of any player with skill,” Cousins said. “ ... Melo being my favorite player of all time, I’m trying to pick his brain every second I can.”

Cousins and Anthony are teammates on Team USA.

“It’s dope,” Cousins said after a recent practice at the Mendenhall Center. “I enjoy being around him. He’s got so so much experience in this game. It’s well known that I’ve been a Melo fan my whole life. Just to be able to work with him daily is going to help me become a better player. I’m excited for it."

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Kings Still Searching For Rudy Gay Trade

Jul 19, 2016 11:51 AM

The Sacramento Kings remain interested in trading away Rudy Gay this offseason.

Gay was acquired by the Kings in December of 2013 in a trade with the Toronto Raptors. Gay signed a three-year extension worth $40 million in 2014. Gay has a player option for 2017 and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Gay reportedly has requested a trade this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Quincy Acy Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Mavs

Jul 14, 2016 6:18 PM

Quincy Acy has agreed upon a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Acy spent last season with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game.

Acy was the 37th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Baylor.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Quincy Acy, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Claim Lamar Patterson Off Waivers

Jul 14, 2016 5:25 PM

The Sacramento Kings have claimed Lamar Patterson off waivers.

Patterson was waived by the Atlanta Hawks this week to create an available roster spot.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Consitution

Tags: Lamar Patterson, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Rudy Gay Requests Trade From Kings
The Kings are attempting to find a suitable trade package for Rudy Gay.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Seth Curry Finalizing Two-Year, $6M Deal With Mavs
Seth Curry spent the past two seasons with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Matt Barnes, Kings Agree To Two-Year, $12M Deal
Matt Barnes is a native of the Sacramento area.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Kings To Rescind Qualifying Offer To Seth Curry
Seth Curry emerged as a promising rotation guard this past season with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Garrett Temple, Kings Agree Upon Three-Year, $24M Deal
Garrett Temple has played for the Washington Wizards since 2012 and is capable of playing either guard position.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pacers, Kings Discuss Rudy Gay Trade
Sacramento still has interest in Monta Ellis while the Pacers would prefer to deal Rodney Stuckey.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Anthony Tolliver, Kings Agree Upon Two-Year, $16M Deal
The second year of the deal for Anthony Tolliver is guaranteed for just $2 million.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Kings Agree Upon Two-Year, $25M Deal With Arron Afflalo
The Kings have had a need at shooting guard for several seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Interested In Dion Waiters, Allen Crabbe
Dion Waiters and the Kings are gaining traction on a contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Nets, Kings, 76ers Interested In Allen Crabbe
Allen Crabbe had a breakout 15-16 season, scoring 14.2 points per 36 minutes with a True Shooting Percentage of .572 in 26.0 minutes per game.

Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers, Kings Interested In Dion Waiters
The Thunder acquired Victor Oladipo on draft night, which complicates the potential for Dion Waiter's return.

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Dunc'd On: NOP, WAS, DEN, MEM, SAC, ORL Offseason Previews
A detailed look at the offseasons for the Pelicans, Wizards, Magic, Kings, Nuggets and Grizzlies.

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Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings
Marquese Chriss was selected with the eighth overall pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kings Trying To Trade For D'Angelo Russell From Lakers
The Kings have been active in trade talks this week and the one player they're focused on acquiring is D'Angelo Russell.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers Talked Rudy Gay Deal With Kings Before Acquiring Thad Young
The Kings' asking price for Rudy Gay was too high for the Pacers and they pivoted towards Thaddeus Young.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli For 22nd Overall Pick
The Hornets have acquired to acquire Marco Belinelli from the Kings for the 22nd overall pick.

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Kings Receiving Offers Of Multiple Future 1st Round Picks For No. 8
The Kings have future pick obligations due to previous trades with the Cavaliers in 2011 and the 76ers last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Caron Butler Exercises $1.5M Player Option With Kings
The Kings attempted to trade away Caron Butler midseason with the Bucks considered the most likely option at the time.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Rajon Rondo Critical Of 'Tension' Kings Played Under
Rajon Rondo would like to continue playing with DeMarcus Cousins but isn't sure if he and the Kings will be able to agree upon a deal.


DeMarcus Cousins Selected For USA's Olympic Team
The United States also selected DeMarcus Cousins for their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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