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Kings, Nets Discussing Deron Williams Trade

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ranadive Wants Kings' Next Coach To Be Offensive-Minded 'Jazz Director'

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."

Via James Ham/ESPN

Mullin Resists Lobbying To Become Kings' Coach, Corbin To Be Given 'A Shot'

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.

Via Chris Broussard, Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings To Use Version Of 4-On-5 Defense

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Chris Mullin Could Have Kings' Head Coaching Job If He Wants It

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

George Karl, Alvin Gentry, Mark Jackson Emerge As Kings' Candidates

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Issues Between Malone, Kings' Front Office Began With Royce White

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kings Fire Mike Malone

The Sacramento Kings have fired Mike Malone as head coach, according to sources.

Ty Corbin will take over as interim head coach.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

DeMarcus Cousins Recovering Slowly From Viral Meningitis, Out 7-10 More Days

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.

Via Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Steve Kerr Compares Warriors' Two-Way Balance To 01-02 Kings

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."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

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Ranadive To Get $290M Payout In Sale Of Software Company

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 Out Through Weekend With Virus

DeMarcus Cousins was admitted to the hospital Tuesday for rest and to be re-evaluated.

DeMarcus Cousins Undergoes Additional Tests For Virus

DeMarcus Cousins is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Raptors with a virus.

Kings Reassign Eric Moreland To Reno

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.

NBA Denies Kings' Protest From Game Against Grizzlies

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, Lou Williams Named NBA Players Of Week

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a 2-1 week.

RealGM Radio: James Ham On The Kings' Strong Start

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 Agrees To Three-Year, $40M Extension With Kings

Rudy Gay's extension with the Kings includes a player option for the the 2017-18 season.

Kings Taking 'Wait-And-See Approach' With Current Roster

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 Hires Rich Paul As Agent

Ben McLemore has decided to sign with Klutch Sports Group two weeks after firing his previous agent Rodney Blackstock.

Kings Assign Eric Moreland To Reno In D-League

Eric Moreland is a 6-10, 218-pound forward from Oregon State.

Klay Thompson, Warriors Agree Upon $70M Max Extension

Klay Thompson and the Warriors have agreed upon a four-year, $70 millon maximum contract extension.

Kings Receive Trade Interest In Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson is signed through the 16-17 season.

Ranadivé Pitched 4-On-5 Defense To Have 5th Player Cherry-Pick

The Kings won't try that idea, but their D-League affiliate might experiment with the concept.

Terrence Williams Works Out For Kings Again For Potential Signing

Terrence Williams worked out for the Kings on Monday for the second time since July, with an opportunity to sign, league sources told RealGM.

Kings Release Trey Johnson

The Kings roster now stands at 14 players.

Ben McLemore's 15-16 Option Exercised By Kings

Ben McLemore averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season

Kings Release Sim Bhullar, Deonte Burton, David Wear

The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Kings Hire Division III Assistant To Coach D-League Affiliate

The Kings have hired David Arseneault Jr. of Divison III Grinnell (Iowa) College to coach their D-League affiliate.
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