Dec 20, 2014 6:48 PM EST
The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.
Talks have centered upon Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Williams.
Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said.
The Nets' partnership with Williams has become increasingly fractured over the past two years, and the idea of a breakup has appeal for both sides, sources tell Yahoo.
Williams has two full years and $43 million-plus left on his contract through the end of the 2017 season.
Dec 17, 2014 1:00 PM EST
Vivek Ranadive wants the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings to be an offensive-minded "jazz director."
Ranadive discussed Malone's firing and the Kings' coaching search in an interview Tuesday with ESPN's James Ham, saying that he wants a coach who will help showcase the players' offensive talents.
"Defense is great, but we need defense and offense," the Kings owner said. "We need to go from a rules-based organization, which was important when you had chaos, to a values-based organization -- from kind of a programmatic offense, to a read-and-respond, free-flowing offense.
"I like to use a music metaphor. We had a Sousa marching band, which was needed when there was chaos. But now we need to shift to a jazz band, where people can be individually showcased and improvised. What we need is a jazz director. I think that's the kind of leadership moving forward."
Dec 16, 2014 3:27 PM EST
Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the last 24 hours lobbying Chris Mullin to replace Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience.
Mullin has been in an advisory role with the Sacramento Kings since Ranadive assumed ownership in 2013.
Sources say that Mullin, in recent months, has indeed expressed some interest to associates about trying his hand at coaching down the road.
Sources told ESPN.com on Monday that the Kings are determined to give interim coach Ty Corbin "a shot" for the rest of the season to see if he can manufacture a more up-tempo style to suit the wishes of Ranadive and the Kings' front office.
George Karl is a likely candidate should the Kings decide to not keep Corbin.
Dec 15, 2014 1:59 PM EST
With Michael Malone fired, the Sacramento Kings are expected to use version of Vivek Ranadive's four-on-five defense to create cherry-picking baskets.
"(Vivek Ranadive) played the part of a fantasy league owner, treating the Kings like a science experiment. He shared tactical experiences with Malone about coaching his child's youth team, and pressed him to consider playing four-on-five defense, leaking out a defender for cherry-picking baskets."
The Kings will be coached by Ty Corbin on an interim basis with George Karl and Chris Mullin mentioned as permanent candidates.
Dec 15, 2014 1:54 PM EST
Chris Mullin is acting as an advisor to Vivek Ranadive and mentor to Pete D'Alessandro within the Sacramento Kings' organization.
With Michael Malone fired, Mullin could become the Kings next head coach if he wants the job.
"All he has to decide is that's what he wants and job is his," said one general manager.
Dec 15, 2014 1:51 PM EST
George Karl is Pete D'Alessandro's old coach with the Denver Nuggets, and the clear frontrunner to become the Sacramento Kings' next head coach.
Karl has tried to get multiple head coaching positions since leaving the Nuggets.
Karl wants to break Don Nelson's record for career victories, and needs to be back on a bench soon to have a chance.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Reports that Alvin Gentry and Mark Jackson are also prime targets.
Dec 15, 2014 1:07 PM EST
The beginning of the end for Michael Malone's relationship with the Sacramento Kings' front office came last season when the club signed Royce White.
White was out of shape and struggled in his D-League appearances, but the front office wanted him to play in games with the Kings.
"Pretty soon, they're telling [Malone]: Why aren't you putting him in the games?" one organizational source told Yahoo Sports. "That's when it really started to get bad between him and the guys upstairs."
Pete D'Alessandro didn't hire Malone as head coach, but often acted as the messenger with notes from Vivek Ranadive.
Management didn't believe in Chris Jent as his top assistant, and went out on its own and interviewed two ex-head coaches, Alvin Gentry and Kurt Rambis, for the staff.
Malone suspected they were trying to hire his eventual successor, and pushed to get Tyrone Corbin hired in the job.
The issues increased when Ranadive pushed for the Kings to trade for Josh Smith despite concerns that a frontcourt with Smith, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay wouldn't work.
"The Smith situation caused everyone to take sides: Management against coaches, coaches against management," a source told Yahoo Sports. "Things only got worse."
The Kings were looking for an excuse to fire Malone and it came with Cousins out with a virus.
"They should've done this in the summer, and brought in the coach and style that they wanted," one league official close to D'Alessandro and Malone told Yahoo Sports.
Dec 15, 2014 1:06 AM EST
The Sacramento Kings have fired Mike Malone as head coach, according to sources.
Ty Corbin will take over as interim head coach.
Dec 07, 2014 5:02 PM EST
DeMarcus Cousins has missed the past five games with a case of viral meningitis and continues to recover slowly, according to sources.
The Sacramento Kings and Cousins left open the possibility that he could return on Monday against the Utah Jazz, it's now more likely that he would attempt to resume basketball activities later in the week and he is expected to miss at least another seven to 10 days.
Cousins was averaging 23.5 points and an NBA-best 12.6 rebounds through 15 games.
Dec 05, 2014 1:34 PM EST
The Golden State Warriors rank first in defensive efficiency and fifth on offense to start the season.
"Really…talented…players," Steve Kerr told USA TODAY Sports when asked to explain their start. "Really, that's what it comes down to. This team was top-five in defense last year; obviously we have a lot of skill on offense, so the focus is to get a little better on offense and maintain on defense. That's what has happened."
Kerr cites the 01-02 Sacramento Kings that featured Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and Vlade Divac as a team that plays on both ends of the floor in a way that's similar to the Warriors.
"I know it is rare," Kerr said of this kind of two-way proficiency. "(But) the (Warriors) roster is great defensively, because you've got Bogs (Bogut) protecting the rim and then you've got a bunch of versatile wing defenders, so we switch a lot. And switching is difficult to deal with, because it disrupts the point of each play where you're trying to get an advantage with a screen, and when you switch teams tend to stop moving the ball and the shot clock starts to wind down. And the fact that we've got Harrison (Barnes) and Andre (Iguodala) and Klay (Thompson) and Draymond (Green) – numerous guys who can guard multiple positions, it makes it a lot easier."
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Vivek Ranadive will get a payout of more than $290 million, including the sale of his personal shares and “golden parachute compensation,” according to an earlier SEC filing.
DeMarcus Cousins was admitted to the hospital Tuesday for rest and to be re-evaluated.
DeMarcus Cousins is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Raptors with a virus.
Eric Moreland is averaging 13.3 points (.581 FG%), 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in three games (all starts) for the Reno Bighorns.
The basis for the Kings' protest was that Courtney Lee's game-winning shot should have been disqualified as having been made after time expired.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a 2-1 week.
Daniel Leroux and James Ham discuss what keyed the Kings' strong start, the dominance of DeMarcus Cousins, the importance of Rudy Gay's extension and potential trade targets for this season.
Rudy Gay's extension with the Kings includes a player option for the the 2017-18 season.
The Kings have started the season with a 4-1 record and are comfortable with their roster now after a year in which they have been incredibly active in exploring trade scenarios.
Ben McLemore has decided to sign with Klutch Sports Group two weeks after firing his previous agent Rodney Blackstock.
Eric Moreland is a 6-10, 218-pound forward from Oregon State.
Klay Thompson and the Warriors have agreed upon a four-year, $70 millon maximum contract extension.
Jason Thompson is signed through the 16-17 season.
The Kings won't try that idea, but their D-League affiliate might experiment with the concept.
Terrence Williams worked out for the Kings on Monday for the second time since July, with an opportunity to sign, league sources told RealGM.
The Kings roster now stands at 14 players.
Ben McLemore averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season
The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15.
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