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Kings Make It Clear DeMarcus Cousins Not Available

Feb 12, 2016 1:21 PM

The Sacramento Kings have made it clear DeMarcus Cousins is not available ahead of the trade deadline.

The Kings considered trading Cousins last June amid a difference of personalities between he and George Karl, but the franchise decided to keep him.

The Kings remain in playoff contention in the Western Conference.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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

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Kings' Minority Owners Fought Ranadive On Firing George Karl

Feb 11, 2016 12:46 PM

The Sacramento Kings decided to hold off on firing George Karl this week, but it could have been for financial issues.

"The reason they didn't fire George Karl was over monetary concerns. Vivek Ranadive does not own a majority of the team. He's the controlling owner. They're paying so many coaches not to coach that his partners really fought him on swallowing another contract. That was part of the decision in not firing George Karl."

The Kings remain in contention for the playoffs.

The Kings are also paying Michael Malone and Tyrone Corbin.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Express Interest In Omri Casspi

Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM

The Miami Heat have shown interest in Omri Casspi of the Sacramento Kings.

Casspi is owed $3 million this season and next.

Casspi is shooting 42.2 percent on three-pointers and averaging 12.3 points per game, making him a good signing for the Kings last offseason.

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald (via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald)

Tags: Omri Casspi, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Decide Not To Fire George Karl

Feb 9, 2016 2:00 PM

The Sacramento Kings have decided not to fire George Karl.

“George (Karl) will remain our coach. We are collectively working out our issues,” Vivek Ranadive said in a statement.

Vlade Divac met with Karl in Philadelphia Tuesday morning and improving their defense was a big topic.

Ranadive had leaned towards firing Karl but Divac talked him out of it.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Intend To Fire George Karl Before All-Star Break

Feb 9, 2016 12:31 AM

The Sacramento Kings plan on firing George Karl after their final game before the All-Star break.

The Kings have internally decided a change is necessary and that it likely will happen after their final game at the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sacramento lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-100 on Monday.

Corliss Williamson is the overwhelming favorite to be named interim head coach.

Concerns have been accumulating for weeks about Karl.

Vivek Ranadive has hoped the Kings would break their nine-season playoff drought before moving into their new arena.

The Kings' next coach will be their ninth since the 06-07 season. The decision on Karl belongs solely to Vlade divac.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings' Players Have Turned On George Karl

Feb 8, 2016 12:59 PM

The players of the Sacramento Kings have turned on George Karl, according to sources.

Karl has been seen as conducting inefficient practices and shootarounds, along with ineffective in-game adjustments.

The dysfunction began with DeMarcus Cousins and Karl, but it has spread throughout the locker room.

Karl is owed more than $10 million through 2018.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Williamson More Likely To Be Named Kings' Interim Head Coach Than Lieberman

Feb 6, 2016 10:57 PM

If the Sacramento Kings decide to fire George Karl, the team could to elevate Corliss Williamson to interim head coach.

Nancy Lieberman is also an assistant coach for the Kings, but she's unlikely to be named interim head coach.

"I don't think I'm in limbo," Karl said. "I think I've got a heckuva challenge [against] a team that's played damn well -- probably it's best basketball in the last six weeks. If you want to overreact to the last four or five games, that's somebody else's reaction, not my reaction. I think this team is still in a place that we can solve some problems and be good."

Williamson joined the Kings as an assistant in 2013 after several years coaching in college. Williamson played for the Kings for five seasons at the beginning of his career and an additional two before retiring.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Strongly Considering Firing George Karl

Feb 6, 2016 12:34 PM

The Sacramento Kings are considering firing George Karl following their loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

The loss marked the Kings' sixth in seven games.

“An overreaction to the loss” was how one league source involved in the conversations on Karl’s job status described the organization’s response late Friday night.

Karl has lost support in management and some parts of the locker room.

Vivek Ranadive made the decision to fire Michael Malone in December of 2014 when the Kings had an 11-13 record.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: George Karl, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Receiving Trade Interest On Marco Belinelli

Jan 29, 2016 7:49 PM

The Sacramento Kings have received trade interest on Marco Belinelli.

Belinelli signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Kings in July.

Belinelli has struggled to find his place with the Kings, but teams still are high with his track record.

The offers the Kings have received have been far lower than they'd accept.

James Ham/Comcast

Tags: Marco Belinelli, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker Named Players Of The Week

Jan 25, 2016 3:02 PM

DeMarcus Cousins and Kemba Walker have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Cousins has seven 30-point, 10-rebound games so far in January. Cousins led the Kings to a 3-0 record, averaging 36.0 points (.526 FG%, .667 3PT%, .722 FT%), 14.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 37.7 minutes per game.

Walker scored a career high 52 points last week. During the week, Walker led the Eastern Conference in points per game (34.8), field goals made per game (11.3), free throw percentage (.923, 36-of-39, min. 20 FTA), while also ranking fourth in steals (2.25) and ninth in assists per game (6.0). He also averaged 6.0 rebounds per game. Walker led the NBA in total points (139) and total field goals (45) and was the only player in the NBA to record at least 125 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists during the week.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Award

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Kings Have Been Offered Eric Gordon, Alonzo Gee For Rudy Gay
The Kings reportedly are unwilling to move forward on a package for Rudy Gay that would net the team Eric Gordon and Alonzo Gee.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rudy Gay Unworried About Latest Trade Rumors
Rudy Gay is on a three-year, $40 million contract he signed a year ago as an extension with the Kings.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Cousins: Rondo's Intentions Are Same As Mine
Rajon Rondo has become the veteran mentor for DeMarcus Cousins the way Kevin Garnett was earlier in his career with the Celtics.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

John Calipari Seeks 10-Year, $120M Contract For NBA Return
John Calipari currently earns $8 million to $9 million per season at Kentucky and wouldn't leave that job for just an incremental raise.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bucks Decide Against Trading For Caron Butler
Caron Butler was previously with the Bucks and is a native of Wisconsin.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Expect Suspension For DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins had to be restrained by teammates before being escorted off the court.

ESPN

Rajon Rondo 'Gravitates' Toward DeMarcus Cousins
Rajon Rondo is the first player who can relate to the pressure and perceptions DeMarcus Cousins deals with.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Agree To Find Trade Of Caron Butler
The Bucks are the most likely destination for Caron Butler, who could use his veteran leadership.

Marc Stein/ESPN

George Karl: I've Got A Crazy Team, And I'm Kind Of Crazy
The manager of DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Rogers, was ejected from Tuesday's game after making contact with Jason Terry.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Rajon Rondo Issues Statement Of Apology
Rajon Rondo released a statement about his derogatory remarks towards referee Bill Kennedy.

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Rajon Rondo Dunks For First Time During 15-16 Season (Vine)
Rajon Rondo had his first dunk of the season, a baseline drive in the halfcourt on Carmelo Anthony.

ESPN

Willie Cauley-Stein Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Finger
Willie Cauley-Stein suffered the injury when he broke up an alley-oop attempt.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Rondo, Cousins Pulled George Karl In For 'Powerful' Two-Hour Meeting
Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins were also able to get some lingering frustrations off their chest, and Karl offered back his thoughts.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kings Could Make Another Run At John Calipari
Vivek Ranadive remains interested in hiring John Calipari as head coach for the Kings.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

Report: Ranadive Has Interest In Nancy Lieberman As Interim If George Karl Fired
If the Kings decide to cut ties with George Karl during the season, Vivek Ranadive has interest in promoting Nancy Lieberman and then pursuing John Calipari in the spring.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

DeMarcus Cousins Receives One-Game Suspension For Forearm To Horford
DeMarcus Cousins will serve his suspension when the Kings play at the Heat.

RealGM Staff Report

DeMarcus Cousins, Nicolas Batum Named Players Of The Week
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a 3-1 week behind averages of 32.5 points (tied-first in the conference) and 11.0 rebounds (third in the conference).

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DeMarcus Cousins Doesn't Want George Karl Fired
Both sides believe the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl is "salvageable."

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

DeMarcus Cousins Ready To Be 'Scapegoat' If It Results In Wins
DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and nine rebounds as the Kings ended their losing streak.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

George Karl Has No Interested In Stepping Down As Kings' Coach
Patience is something George Karl says he needs to remember to exercise.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

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