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DeMarcus Cousins: I Like Dave Joerger And He Likes Me

Oct 27, 2016 11:24 AM

The Dave Joerger-era with the Sacramento Kings got underway with a 113-94 win at the Phoenix Suns.

Joerger replaced George Karl, who had a tenuous relationship with DeMarcus Cousins.

“I like him and he likes me,” Cousins said of Joerger.

“Joerger’s been great,” Cousins said. “I think what he brought to the team is what this team needed. It fits our identity more than how we played in the past. Not to knock any of the previous situations but I think this situation fits this team the best.”

Joerger said he hasn’t done anything out of character to try to connect with Cousins.

“I didn’t really do anything special other than try to be yourself,” Joerger said. “I think if you try to be somebody else that’s always a problem. Players can always see right through that so just be yourself, what you’re trying to do, how we’re trying to build it for the future of our team this season and going out for future years."

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

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

Mavs Expected To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins In 2018

Oct 22, 2016 9:18 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are "expected to go hard after" DeMarcus Cousins during his 2018 free agency.

Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension in 2013 with the Sacramento Kings.

Cousins has been offered the opportunity to be traded by the Kings but he's continued to try to make the situation work.

The Mavericks recently signed Jaleel Cousins, who is DeMarcus' younger brother and he is expected to join the Texas Legends.

Dallas signed Harrison Barnes in the 2016 offseason one year after DeAndre Jordan ultimately decided to back out of his verbal agreement to re-sign with the Clippers.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Kings Purchase Controlling Interest In D-League's Bighorns

Oct 20, 2016 1:29 PM

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings have announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”  

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

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

Rudy Gay Preparing To Remain With Kings For Entire 16-17 Season

Oct 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Rudy Gay has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors less than a week before the start of the season.

Gay has been linked to deals with the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. Gay has previously informed the Kings he plans to opt for free agency in the 2017 offseason.

“I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game,” Gay said after practice Wednesday. “I’m with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I’m going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings.

“All the speculation is BS. Really, it’s out of my control. I’ll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I’ll be here all year.”

Gay admitted he's aware of the rumors.

“I hear it,” he said. “I’ve been traded before. If I came here (to practice) as if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t help my teammates. That’s a league thing. That’s not just me. That’s something you don’t want a reputation for (quitting on your team).”

Dave Joerger dismissed the trade rumors and commended Gay.

“(Gay’s) a wonderful human being who’s grown as a player and a leader. He likes it here. We all want to win a little bit more. There’s going to be rumors. Guys in the last year of contracts, guys 6-8 who can do the things he does (on the court)."

Joe Davidson/Sacramento Bee

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

Kings, Thunder Held Serious Rudy Gay For Cameron Payne Talks

Oct 19, 2016 8:47 PM

The Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder held serious discussions on a deal centered on Rudy Gay for Cameron Payne earlier in the offseason.

Talks stalled when Payne broke his foot in September.

Payne was a lottery pick in 2015 out of Murray State.

Gay has informed the Kings he plans to decline his player option for the 17-18 season worth $14.3 million and doesn't figure to have interest in re-signing.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Rudy Gay, Cameron Payne, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself

Oct 19, 2016 7:29 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to trade Rubio until Kris Dunn shows he's ready to take over the point guard position. Dunn is not expected to become the Wolves' starting point guard until approximately 20 games into the regular season.

Rubio has three seasons and $43 million remaining on his current contract. Rubio is still just 25 and has been an effective two-way point guard when healthy.

The Sacramento Kings are the most determined team looking to acquire Rubio as they continue their search for an upgrade at point guard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Ben McLemore Unlikely To Sign Extension With Kings

Oct 19, 2016 1:41 PM

Ben McLemore and the Sacramento Kings are unlikely to reach agreement on an extension before the Oct. 31st deadline.

McLemore will instead become a restricted free agent in 2017.

For his career, he averages 9.7 points and shoots 35 percent from 3-point range.

McLemore was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kansas but he's struggled to establish himself amid several coaching changes with the Kings. 

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Ty Lawson Cleared To Return To Kings

Oct 18, 2016 12:04 AM

Ty Lawson has been cleared to rejoin the Sacramento Kings after meeting with team management.

Vlade Divac told reporters in Sacramento that the team is satisfied with Lawson's explanation that a "personal issue" caused him to miss the flight Friday from Las Vegas to Kentucky for a preseason game.

Lawson was late for a team shootaround before Thursday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Vegas, and then missed the flight to Kentucky.

"We handle it inside [the] house," Divac told local reporters in reference to Monday's meeting with Lawson.

"He got the message, and we move forward."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Ty Lawson, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Ty Lawson To Meet With Kings After Missing Team Flight

Oct 16, 2016 5:26 PM

Ty Lawson will have to meet with team officials to explain himself after missing the Kings' recent flight to Kentucky for an exhibition game.

Lawson was late to a Kings shootaround in Las Vegas earlier this week, then missed the team's trip east before Saturday night's Sacramento/Washington preseason game at Rupp Arena.

The Kings attributed Lawson's absence from the lineup in Lexington to "personal reasons." He has since returned to Sacramento, sources said, and faces an uncertain future with his new team after the week's events.

Darren Collison will be suspended for the first eight games of the season, which has created an even bigger need for Lawson.

The Kings also have Jordan Farmar on their roster.

The Kings have been publicly optimistic about Lawson's ability to contribute for much of training camp.

Lawson has been arrested four times for driving under the influence -- twice in a seven-month span in 2015. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Ty Lawson, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Vivek Ranadive Apologizes, Accepts Responsibility For Prior Issues

Oct 16, 2016 5:22 PM

Vivek Ranadive apologized to Geoff Petrie and his staff for comments he made about them not wanting to remain with the Sacramento Kings when he took control of the franchise in 2013.

“I wanted to sincerely apologize to Geoff Petrie and his team,” Ranadive said. “I meant no disrespect. I have the utmost respect for what they have done for the franchise and what they have accomplished. I fully understand that it’s a huge privilege to own a basketball team, and as chairman of the ownership, the buck stops with me. I accept responsibility for everything. All the mistakes are my mistakes.”

Petrie and his front office offered assistance in the transition.

“I needed somebody to go and actually work out the players,” Ranadive told USA Today. “Nobody wanted to be there. There was no coach (Keith Smart), no GM. Geoff (Petrie) didn’t want to be there. There was nobody there.”

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

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Geoff Petrie Calls Ranadive Interview 'Sophomoric Attempt At Revisionist History'
Geoff Petrie responded strongly to a Vivek Ranadive interview in which he reflected upon his three-and-a-half years owning the Kings.

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Heat, Kings Have Had 'Vague Trade Talks' Since July
Sacramento has a huge need for an upgrade at point guard with Darren Collison and Ty Lawson on their depth chart.

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George Karl's Attempts To Trade DeMarcus Cousins Confirmed
Vivek Ranadive confirmed that George Karl attempted to trade DeMarcus Cousins when he was head coach of the Kings.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Vivek Ranadive Has 'Zero Regrets' As Kings Look To Reset
Vivek Ranadive runs the Kings despite owning just 15.08 percent of the franchise.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Kings Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Blue Diamond Growers
The patch will debut on the Kings' jersey for the 17-18 season.

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Dave Joerger Trying To Instill Culture Of Defense, Toughness For Kings
Dave Joerger is attempting to change the culture of the Kings with an identity built on defense and toughness.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Reject Bucks' Offer Of Michael Carter-Williams For Ben McLemore
The Bucks have a need at shooting guard with Khris Middleton out for approximately six months with a hamstring injury.

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DeMarcus Cousins 'Loves' Dave Joerger's Offense
Dave Joerger plans on using DeMarcus Cousins in the high post more this season as he implements his offense for the Kings.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Darren Collison Suspended Eight Games For Domestic Violence Incident
Darren Collison pled guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge resulting from this incident.

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Ben McLemore Has Been Available In Trade Talks For Months
Ben McLemore is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Kings.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Rudy Gay To Opt Out, Unlikely To Have Interest In Re-Signing With Kings
Rudy Gay holds a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

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Jordan Farmar, Kings Agree To Deal
Jordan Farmar finished last season playing for Dave Joerger with the Grizzlies.

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Isaiah Cousins Signs Partially Guaranteed One-Year Deal With Kings
Isaiah Cousins was a second rounder by the Kings.

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Darren Collison Avoids Jail Time With Plea In Domestic Violence Case
Darren Collison received a 20-day jail sentence but will work on community service projects overseen by Placer County.

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Pelicans Had Serious Interest In Ty Lawson
The Pelicans made a strong run at signing Ty Lawson before he ultimately decided to join the Kings.

Steve Kyler/Basketball Insiders

Kings' Arena Costs Keep Rising, Now $109M Over Proposal
With the city's subsidy capped at $255 million, all the additional costs are coming from the Kings.

Dale Kasler/Sacramento Bee

Kings Working Out Mychel Thompson
Mychel Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.1 minutes per game last season in the D-League.

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Ty Lawson Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Kings
The Kings had Darren Collison and Garrett Temple already on their depth chart at point guard.

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DeMarcus Cousins Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics
DeMarcus Cousins won a gold medal in his first Olympics for the United States.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Pacific Division including an offseason review and regular season preview.

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