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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

May 11, 2017 3:56 AM

Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first or second pick in the June draft.

Fultz is interviewing at the combine with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Fultz is one of the only top projected picks to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

Fultz spent one season at Washington and didn't reach the tournament.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Rudy Gay To Opt Out Of $14.2M Contract With Kings

May 8, 2017 3:09 PM

Rudy Gay will opt out of the final season of his contract with the Sacramento Kings worth $14.2 million.

Gay was having a productive season before he suffered a complete tear of his Achilles tendon in Jan. 18th.

Gay is ahead of schedule and expects to return in time for the start of training camp.

Gay told The Undefeated before last season that it wouldn't be "rocket science" to opt out of his deal with the rebuilding Kings.

The Kings traded for Gay in December 2013 from the Toronto Raptors.

 

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Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past

Apr 22, 2017 1:22 PM

The Sacramento Kings hired Scott Perry on Friday, which is a move Vlade Divac tried to execute in the past.

“I have known Scott for a long time, and he is very well respected within the league, and with players and agents. I contacted him previously when he was with (former Orlando Magic general manager) Rob (Hennigan), and asked if they would let him go. They said no. But when he became available, I reached out and we talked about the possibility of him joining me. This was my guy. He’s another guy who likes what we are trying to do and has similar thought on players.

“He is that guy, the one who can talk to anyone and knows everyone in the league and (college)."

The Kings have also hired Luke Bornn this offseason, while bringing in Ken Catanella last offseason.

According to numerous league insiders, NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which these hires should improve.

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Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations

Apr 21, 2017 3:03 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Scott Perry as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations within their front office.

Perry had been with the Orlando Magic for the past five seasons.

Perry will report to Vlade Divac and work closely with Ken Catanella and Luke Bornn. 

After coaching in college, Perry joined the Detroit Pistons' front office under Joe Dumars in 2000. Perry then worked under Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder before joining the Magic in 2012 as assistant general manager.

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Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy

Apr 20, 2017 8:01 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Bornn as VP of Analytics and Strategy.

Bornn, 31, will replace Roland Beech who left the Kings' front office this offseason.

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.

“We’ll be looking at more advanced modeling tools often with the player tracking data to try and get a deeper understanding of player performance,” Bornn told NBC Sports California. “There is a lot of what happens on the court that really is not picked up by the box score. A lot of players that make big contributions make it in ways that don’t appear. It’s not an assist, it’s not a rebound, it’s not a block.”

According to their site, “SportVU utilizes a six-camera system installed in basketball arenas to track the real-time positions of players and the ball 25 times per second. Utilizing this tracking data, STATS is able to create a wealth of innovative statistics based on speed, distance, player separation and ball possession.”

Bornn was introduced to the world of basketball data by Kirk Goldsberry while at Harvard in 2012.

“Kirk and I sort of hit it off,” Bornn said. “He had just gotten SportVU data and he basically said to me, ‘I have this data, but I have no idea what to do with it, I have the basketball side, but I don’t have the technical side.’ I had the technical side and so it started a long collaboration of working with player tracking data.”

Bornn will build a database that is accessible to players, coaches and the front office.

“My role with the Kings will be all encompassing,” Bornn said. “It’s player evaluation, opponent scouting, it’s performance - with the sports science group there. We’ll be looking at all aspects, from the basics of stats, all the way to the more advanced metrics.”

 

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Roland Beech Leaving Kings' Front Office

Apr 18, 2017 6:41 PM

Roland Beech is leaving the Sacramento Kings this offseason.

Beech served as vice president of basketball results this past season. Beech previously worked for the Dallas Mavericks for a number of seasons.

Beech is the founder of 82games.com.

The Kings will look to fill the role as quickly as possible.

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Vlade Divac: Skal Labissiere Can Be Special

Apr 9, 2017 7:50 PM

Skal Labissiere has emerged as one of the NBA's most promising rookies following the trade of DeMarcus Cousins.

Labissiere entered his freshman season at Kentucky as one of the most highly rated prospects but fell to the Sacramento Kings at No. 28.

“Skal can be special,” Vlade Divac said. “He has size and skill, and he’s a great kid. We’re very, very lucky.”

“I’m feeling a little more comfortable out there,” Labissiere said, with a soft smile. “It’s me learning at my own pace, not getting rushed, learning how to see things on the court. It’s not about the next three or four games, it’s about the next couple years, learning how to play with each, develop our chemistry. I’m nowhere near (physically) where I want to be. But this should be a fun summer. Lots of time with the weights, and working on all aspects of my game.”

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Buddy Hield, Dario Saric Named Rookies Of The Month For March

Apr 3, 2017 4:10 PM

Buddy Hield has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in March while Dario Saric received the honors in the Eastern Conference.

Hield averaged 14.1 points (.483 FG%, .425 3pt%, .840 FT%), 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.93 steals in 16 March appearances (12 starts), including career-highs with 22 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3pt, 4-4), eight rebounds and seven assists at Golden State (3/24). 

Hield is the first member of the Kings to win the award since Ben McLemore won in November of 2013.

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Omri Casspi Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Thumb
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Kings Hope To Trade Arron Afflalo By Deadline
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