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Kings Confirm Full Rupture Of Left Achilles Tendon For Rudy Gay

Jan 19, 2017 5:25 PM

Rudy Gay has suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles tendon and will undergo surgery.

Gay underwent an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury suffered on Wednesday.

Gay, 30, made it clear coming into the season that he intended to walk away from the final season of his Kings contract, valued at $14.3 million in 2017-18, to opt for free agency in July.

With the injury and a long recovery time, Gay could instead decide to opt into his contract with the Kings.

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Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

Rudy Gay Likely Suffers Torn Achilles Tendon

Jan 19, 2017 2:09 AM

The Sacramento Kings believe Rudy Gay suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the Sacramento Kings' loss on Wednesday to the Indiana Pacers.

An MRI has been scheduled for Thursday to confirm the diagnosis.

‎Gay, 30, made it clear coming into the season that he intended to walk away from the final season of his Kings contract, valued at $14.3 million in 2017-18, to opt for free agency in July.

With the injury and a long recovery time, Gay could instead decide to opt into his contract with the Kings.

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

DeMarcus Cousins Intends To Sign $207M Extension With Kings In Offseason

Jan 11, 2017 12:44 AM

DeMarcus Cousins intends to sign a contract extension with the Sacramento Kings worth an estimated $207 million over five years.

Cousins and the Kings have discussed numbers and a deal will be done in the offseason barring a late change in direction by either side.

Under the new CBA, Cousins is in line for the league’s designated player exception, which allows Sacramento to give their franchise cornerstone an additional five-years on top of his current deal, keeping him with the Kings through the 22-23 season.

Cousins can sign for a starting salary up to 35 percent of the salary cap.

Cousins previously signed a four-year max contract in September of 2013 that was set to expire in 2018.

James Ham/CSN

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

Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'

Jan 7, 2017 5:33 PM

Matt Barnes was close to signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, while he also considered the Golden State Warriors before signing with the Sacramento Kings.

“It came down to the Clippers, Warriors, and Sacramento kind of jumped in late,” he said. “[Coming home] was always something I wanted to do. I just didn’t know it was going to happen. I just happened to be home for the Fourth of July visiting my family and I signed. It was kind ironic that I just happened to be in Sacramento when they called.”


Barnes signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings.

“I thought it was a done deal, I was going to the Clippers,” said Barnes. “The day before I was supposed to meet with Doc (Rivers), they decided to go in another direction with Wesley Johnson. That was obviously my first choice at the time, to be close to my kids. Golden State was always a choice; they just didn’t have very much money. I’ve always been the guy to take less money to play on a better team, but the price gap was too far on this one.

“It’s always been a dream and a goal of mine to come back home at some point. To get a chance to play with DeMarcus, Rudy [Gay], and some of these guys has been a great experience.”

The Clippers traded Barnes during the 2015 offseason for Lance Stephenson.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Plan To Offer DeMarcus Cousins $200M+ Extension In Offseason

Jan 7, 2017 4:00 PM

The Sacramento Kings will offer DeMarcus Cousins a contract extension this offseason using the Designated Player rule that will pay him in excess of $200 million.

The Kings were previously reluctant to move Cousins, who is currently scheduled to be a free agent in 2018. The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement made a trade involving Cousins even less likely due to the Kings' ability to pay him significantly more money than a rival team.

Sacramento remains in the playoff picture for the No. 8 seed in their first season in their new arena.

Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million max extension in 2013.

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Kings, Raptors, Nuggets, 76ers Interested In Paul Millsap

Jan 6, 2017 1:31 PM

The Atlanta Hawks are holding Paul Millsap trade discussions with a number of teams.

Millsap can become a free agent this offseason.

The Sacramento Kings are "very interested" in Millsap, while the Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers have also shown interest.

The Hawks agreed to trade Kyle Korver this week to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Consitution

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Not Interested In DeMarcus Cousins, Nerlens Noel

Jan 4, 2017 1:25 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers don't have interest in trading for either DeMarcus Cousins or Nerlens Noel.

Noel figures to remain on the trading block through the deadline as he approaches restricted free agency with the Philadelphia 76ers having a surplus of centers.

The Blazers could use a rim protector at center to anchor their defense, something Noel excels at. Mason Plumlee starts but offers little on the defensive end while Festus Ezeli is unlikely to play this season.

Cousins' future with the Sacramento Kings remains unclear but they are currently the eighth seed with a 15-19 record.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, DeMarcus Cousins, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Assign Georgios Papagiannis, Skal Labissiere To D-League

Jan 2, 2017 9:30 PM

The Sacramento Kings have assigned center Georgios Papagiannis and forward Skal Labissiere to the Reno Bighorns.

Papagiannis has accrued averages of 10.7 points (.500 FG%, .750 FT%), 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game in seven appearances for the Bighorns (four starts). In his last appearance with the Bighorns, he contributed a near double-double with a season-high 15 points while adding nine rebounds and a steal in a victory over the Austin Spurs on Dec. 21.  

The 28th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, Labissiere recently played one game with the Sacramento Kings in a New Year’s Eve contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, totaling two points and two rebounds in just over three minutes of action. In 12 starts for the Bighorns this season, he has posted 14.5 points (.451 FG%, .694 FT%), 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game.  

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

Rockets Interested In Trading For Kosta Koufos

Dec 30, 2016 11:28 AM

The Houston Rockets have interest in trading for Kosta Koufos of the Sacramento Kings.

The Rockets would like to add a big man with Clint Capela out for several weeks due to injury.

Houston also decided against adding Donatas Motiejunas after his prolonged restricted free agency.

Koufos has a player option in which he can become a free agent in 2018.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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George Karl's Passages About Kings Removed From Book

Dec 25, 2016 10:28 AM

Passages from George Karl's book about the Sacramento Kings have been removed from the final version of his book.

Karl's book, co-authored by Curt Sampson, included some unflattering views in a proof copy about DeMarcus Cousins, general manager Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive. But sources say Karl's views were stricken from the version scheduled for public distribution next month.

Refraining from critical commentary of the Kings was part of Karl's settlement agreement upon leaving the club. When Karl was dismissed last April, both he and Divac issued complimentary statements about the 65-year-old's time there.

In the epilogue of the book's proof copy, Karl shared candid views on Cousins and detailed his near-firing by the Kings in February 2016.

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DeMarcus Cousins Receives Fine From Kings For Confrontation With Reporter
The column referenced the arrest of DeMarcus Cousins' brother.

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Dave Joerger Calls For Truce Between DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Bee
The Kings are still reviewing the incident in question where DeMarcus Cousins confronted columnist Andy Furillo over an article that was published last weekend.


Mike Krzyzewski Defends DeMarcus Cousins
Mike Krzyzewski coached Cousins on the 2014 and 2016 United States' teams.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Kings Reviewing DeMarcus Cousins' Confrontation With Local Columnist
DeMarcus Cousins confronted The Sacramento Bee's Andy Furillo over a column that was published last weekend.


New CBA To Contain Designated Veteran Extension Provision
Teams will be able to choose a Designated Veteran to sign to a long-term extension.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder, Pacers, Rockets Have Had Interest In Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay can become a free agent this offseason and has openly suggested he isn't interested in re-signing with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertial

Kings Recall Malachi Richardson, Skal Labissiere From D-League
Skal Labissiere has accrued averages of 14.3 points (.445 FG%, .694 FT%), 6.8 rebounds and 1.54 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game in 11 starts for the Bighorns.

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NYPD Planning On Charging Matt Barnes With Misdemeanor Assault
The NYPD plan on arresting and charging Matt Barnes with misdemeanor assault stemming from a nightclub incident.

Graham Rayman/New York Daily News

DeMarcus Cousins Doesn't Expect Trade, 'On Same Page' With Management
Sources with knowledge of the Kings' thinking believe it is still too early to entertain the idea of trading away DeMarcus Cousins.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rival Exec: I Don't Want DeMarcus Cousins' Attitude Around My Young Players
Executives around the NBA are wondering if the Kings may entertain trading away DeMarcus Cousins before the trade deadline.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Matt Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins Named In Assault Lawsuit
According to the lawsuit, Matt Barnes allegedly grabbed one of the plantiffs by her neck and began choking her.


Dave Joerger: DeMarcus Cousins 'Has Grown In How He Handles His Business'
The player-coach partnership DeMarcus Cousins has forged with Dave Joerger could be the best of his career.

Paul Flannery/SBNation

Matt Barnes Allegedly Chokes Woman In New York Nightclub
Matt Barnes is sought by New York City police after an alleged confrontation at a nightclub in Chelsea early Monday morning.

A.J. Perez/USA Today

Michael Malone 'Lockstep' With Josh Kroenke, Tim Connelly
Michael Malone's second head coaching job in the NBA is with the Nuggets, which has presented a more harmonious working environment than he found with the Kings.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

DeMarcus Cousins Hopes John Wall Will 'One Day Be In A Sacramento Uniform'
DeMarcus Cousins was asked if he and John Wall ever discuss the situations they presently find themselves in where they're playing for teams not presently considered contenders.

Ben Standig/Locked On Wizards

Kevin Martin Retires After 12 NBA Seasons
Kevin Martin spent last season with the Timberwolves and the Spurs.


Kings Give Omri Casspi's Agent Permission To Seek Trade Partners
Dan Fegan represents Omri Casspi as well as DeMarcus Cousins.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Could Be 'Starting To Get Sick Of DeMarcus Cousins'
The Kings have two more trade deadlines and an offseason to consider trading DeMarcus Cousins.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Omri Casspi, Dave Joerger Haven't Talked Since Preseason
Omri Casspi remains outside the Kings' rotation and his situation hasn't been discussed with Dave Joerger.

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Kings Assign Georgios Papagiannis To D-League
Georgios Papagiannis has accrued averages of 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.34 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game in three appearances for the Bighorns this season.

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