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Magic, Kings, Pistons, Hornets Expected To Shop Pick To Accelerate Rebuild

May 19, 2015 10:22 PM

The Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are expected to seriously consider trading their lottery picks.

All four teams want to accelerate their rebuilds.

The New York Knicks are also expected to entertain offers for the No. 4 pick. The Knicks like Justise Winslow, but they're not believed to be sold on Emmanuel Mudiay.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Vlade Divac Considers DeMarcus Cousins Untradeable

May 19, 2015 5:36 PM

Vlade Divac publicly committed to DeMarcus Cousins as the Sacramento Kings' franchise player.

"DeMarcus is untradeable and a guy who we want to build around," said Divac.

Divac also said that George Karl "might have overstepped his bounds" in saying no player on the Kings' roster is untradeable. 

Divac assumed chief decision-making power of the Kings this year.

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

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

Click here to run RealGM's Lottery Simulator.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Ranadive: NBA Has Bigger 'Crony' Culture Than Silicon Valley

May 11, 2015 5:17 PM

Vivek Ranadive spoke about the structure of the Sacramento Kings' front office and how he's working on learning from his previous mistakes.

Ranadive initially hired Pete D'Alessandro as general manager, but Vlade Divac is now in charge.

“Vlade makes the decisions,” said Ranadive. “Two people report directly to me. Chris Granger, who runs the business side, and Vlade from the basketball side. I want to make that clear as we move forward. We have a lot of work to do, and we are all in this together.”

The Kings had three coaches last season with Tyrone Corbin replacing Michael Malone before George Karl was hired in February.

“I made mistakes,” Ranadive said, “and I’m sure I’ll make more mistakes. Hopefully, I’ll make different ones. But I am successful at everything I do, and that’s not going to change. We are trying to build something special here, not just for one year, but for many years. And I’m learning that the journey is not going to be easy."

D’Alessandro was assured by Divac that his negotiating skills and salary cap acumen are appreciated.

“All of us have different skills,” Ranadive said, “and everyone has their roles. Vlade is a unifier, a conductor, and he is very smart. People probably don’t realize that when he was back in Serbia (as head of the Olympic committee), he was dealing with political leaders at the highest level. He can interact with the person who carries your bag and interact with the president of a country. And he has a strong stomach. He wears big-boy pants. George, he is a future Hall of Fame coach. I have always respected him as a coach, and now I am getting to know him as a human being. And, yes, I ask dumb questions, and I am still an irritant. But I am counting on Vlade to pull this all together.”

Ranadive's two most important changes seem more instinctive than calculating.

“That is true,” Ranadive said, “but like I said, some of this is not rocket science. We just want to hire the best people. When I bought the team, I didn’t know anybody, and what I have discovered is that the NBA culture tends to be more of a ‘crony’ culture than Silicon Valley. ‘This is my guy. Hire this guy.’ I want loyal people, and Vlade is loyal.”

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

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Kings To Sign David Stockton To Multi-Year Deal

Apr 11, 2015 1:58 AM

The Sacramento Kings are planning to re-sign guard David Stockton to a multi-year contract before the end of their season.

Stockton previously was on a 10-day contract with the Kings in February.

Stockton has spent most of the season in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Vlade Divac Has Become Lead Decision-Maker Of Kings' Front Office

Apr 8, 2015 11:46 AM

Vlade Divac has emerged as the new lead voice of the front office of the Sacramento Kings.

Divac was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations.

The Kings have yet to formally announce their new power structure, but sources say that Divac has supplanted both general manager Pete D'Alessandro and former Kings adviser Chris Mullin.

The future of D'Alessandro in Sacramento, especially after the departure of his closest ally in the organization in Mullin, is unclear. Sources say, however, that the Kings have already launched a search to add another front-line basketball executive to work alongside Divac whether D'Alessandro stays or departs.

Sources say that Mullin began to lose sway with Ranadive after refusing the owner's offer to replace Mike Malone as coach when Malone was abruptly fired in mid-December.

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month that Ranadive hired Divac over the objections of Mullin and D'Alessandro.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Carl Landry Suspended One Game For Leaving Bench During Altercation

Apr 6, 2015 6:50 PM

Carl Landry has been suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation, the NBA announced.

The incident occurred with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Utah Jazz's 101-95 win over the Kings on Sunday.

Landry will serve his suspension on Tuesday, when the Kings host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Nuggets Sought Two First Rounders For Ty Lawson At Deadline

Apr 3, 2015 12:42 PM

The Denver Nuggets discussed trades involving Ty Lawson at the deadline and sources said they sought multiple first round picks.

The Utah Jazz will own a lottery pick and could include another asset to move the needle for the Nuggets to trade Lawson.

Lawson is just 27 and has experience playing at high altitude.

The Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics could also make a play for Lawson.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Ty Lawson, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings To Sign Sim Bhullar To 10-Day Contract

Apr 1, 2015 3:13 PM

The Sacramento Kings will sign Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract.

Bhullar will become the first player of Indian descent in league history.

Bhullar has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's affiliate in the NBA Development League, after going to training camp with the Kings.

 

Bhullar is a 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sim Bhullar, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Mullin Agrees To Become Head Coach Of St. John's
Chris Mullin is leaving a position as an advisor for the Kings.

Roger Rubin, Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Chris Mullin Offered St. John's Coaching Job
Chris Mullin is one of the greatest players in St. John's history, winning the Big East Player of the Year award three times in the 1980s.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

St. John's Parts Ways With Steve Lavin, Interested In Chris Mullin
St. John's and Steve Lavin have agreed to part ways after five years.

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Omri Casspi Encouraged By George Karl, Wants To Re-Sign With Kings
Omri Casspi is represented by Dan Fegan, who is also agent for DeMarcus Cousins.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Kings To Sign David Wear To 10-Day Contract
David Wear has played for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Vlade Divac Named VP Of Basketball And Franchise Ops For Kings
Vlade Divac played for the Kings between 1998 and 2004.

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Darren Collison To Undergo Surgery, Likely Out For Season
Darren Collison will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Oliver: Eyes Better Than Numbers But Numbers See All The Games
Dean Oliver currently works for Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento Kings.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Kings Interested In Ty Lawson
George Karl previously coached Ty Lawson with the Nuggets.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Andre Miller Interested In Re-Signing With Kings
Andre Miller turn 39 next month.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kings Hire Vance Walberg As Assistant Coach
Vance Walberg is best known as the creator of the dribble-drive offense.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

David Stockton To Sign 10-Day Contract With Kings
David Stockton had been playing with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Andre Miller Traded By Wizards To Kings For Ramon Sessions
Andre Miller reunites with George Karl, who was hired by the Kings over the All-Star break.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kings, Rockets Warned Goran Dragic Won't Re-Sign If Traded
The Suns are pursuing trades outside the preferred list of Goran Dragic, which is believed to feature the Knicks, Lakers and Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Focused On Goran Dragic Talks With Celtics, Rockets, Kings
Goran Dragic prefers a trade to the Heat, Lakers or Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Goran Dragic Wanted 'Bad' By Kings
The Kings could move Nik Stauskas and Jason Thompson in order to create max contract space to sign Goran Dragic in the offseason.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder, Kings, Bulls, Clippers Interested In Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are making Arron Afflalo available in trade talks, though serious discussions have yet to take place at this point.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Jason Thompson Seeks Trade From Kings Before Deadline
Jason Thompson isn't scheduled to become a free agent until 2017.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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George Karl Agrees Upon $15M Contract With Kings
George Karl will earn $1.25 million for the rest of the 2014-15 season, which will begin with his Kings debut after the All-Star break on Feb. 20.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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