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Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past

Apr 22, 2017 1:22 PM

The Sacramento Kings hired Scott Perry on Friday, which is a move Vlade Divac tried to execute in the past.

“I have known Scott for a long time, and he is very well respected within the league, and with players and agents. I contacted him previously when he was with (former Orlando Magic general manager) Rob (Hennigan), and asked if they would let him go. They said no. But when he became available, I reached out and we talked about the possibility of him joining me. This was my guy. He’s another guy who likes what we are trying to do and has similar thought on players.

“He is that guy, the one who can talk to anyone and knows everyone in the league and (college)."

The Kings have also hired Luke Bornn this offseason, while bringing in Ken Catanella last offseason.

According to numerous league insiders, NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which these hires should improve.

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Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations

Apr 21, 2017 3:03 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Scott Perry as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations within their front office.

Perry had been with the Orlando Magic for the past five seasons.

Perry will report to Vlade Divac and work closely with Ken Catanella and Luke Bornn. 

After coaching in college, Perry joined the Detroit Pistons' front office under Joe Dumars in 2000. Perry then worked under Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder before joining the Magic in 2012 as assistant general manager.

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Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy

Apr 20, 2017 8:01 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Bornn as VP of Analytics and Strategy.

Bornn, 31, will replace Roland Beech who left the Kings' front office this offseason.

Bornn will leave soccer giant A.S. Roma as well as his positions as an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and visiting scholar at Harvard University.

“We’ll be looking at more advanced modeling tools often with the player tracking data to try and get a deeper understanding of player performance,” Bornn told NBC Sports California. “There is a lot of what happens on the court that really is not picked up by the box score. A lot of players that make big contributions make it in ways that don’t appear. It’s not an assist, it’s not a rebound, it’s not a block.”

According to their site, “SportVU utilizes a six-camera system installed in basketball arenas to track the real-time positions of players and the ball 25 times per second. Utilizing this tracking data, STATS is able to create a wealth of innovative statistics based on speed, distance, player separation and ball possession.”

Bornn was introduced to the world of basketball data by Kirk Goldsberry while at Harvard in 2012.

“Kirk and I sort of hit it off,” Bornn said. “He had just gotten SportVU data and he basically said to me, ‘I have this data, but I have no idea what to do with it, I have the basketball side, but I don’t have the technical side.’ I had the technical side and so it started a long collaboration of working with player tracking data.”

Bornn will build a database that is accessible to players, coaches and the front office.

“My role with the Kings will be all encompassing,” Bornn said. “It’s player evaluation, opponent scouting, it’s performance - with the sports science group there. We’ll be looking at all aspects, from the basics of stats, all the way to the more advanced metrics.”

 

James Ham/NBC Sports California

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Roland Beech Leaving Kings' Front Office

Apr 18, 2017 6:41 PM

Roland Beech is leaving the Sacramento Kings this offseason.

Beech served as vice president of basketball results this past season. Beech previously worked for the Dallas Mavericks for a number of seasons.

Beech is the founder of 82games.com.

The Kings will look to fill the role as quickly as possible.

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Vlade Divac: Skal Labissiere Can Be Special

Apr 9, 2017 7:50 PM

Skal Labissiere has emerged as one of the NBA's most promising rookies following the trade of DeMarcus Cousins.

Labissiere entered his freshman season at Kentucky as one of the most highly rated prospects but fell to the Sacramento Kings at No. 28.

“Skal can be special,” Vlade Divac said. “He has size and skill, and he’s a great kid. We’re very, very lucky.”

“I’m feeling a little more comfortable out there,” Labissiere said, with a soft smile. “It’s me learning at my own pace, not getting rushed, learning how to see things on the court. It’s not about the next three or four games, it’s about the next couple years, learning how to play with each, develop our chemistry. I’m nowhere near (physically) where I want to be. But this should be a fun summer. Lots of time with the weights, and working on all aspects of my game.”

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Buddy Hield, Dario Saric Named Rookies Of The Month For March

Apr 3, 2017 4:10 PM

Buddy Hield has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in March while Dario Saric received the honors in the Eastern Conference.

Hield averaged 14.1 points (.483 FG%, .425 3pt%, .840 FT%), 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.93 steals in 16 March appearances (12 starts), including career-highs with 22 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3pt, 4-4), eight rebounds and seven assists at Golden State (3/24). 

Hield is the first member of the Kings to win the award since Ben McLemore won in November of 2013.

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DeMarcus Cousins Trying Not To Make First Game Against Kings Personal

Mar 30, 2017 8:42 PM

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to reporters on the eve of his first game against the Sacramento Kings. Cousins spent the first 6.5 years of his career with the Kings.

"It's just another chance to come out, play hard and try to get a win," Cousins said.

Cousins was traded on the night of the All-Star Game.

"I enjoyed my time there," Cousins said. "I developed a lot of relationships. It'll be good to see the guys again. I haven't seen them since before the (All-Star) break. It'll be a good chance to see those guys and laugh a little bit.

"But seriously, it's another chance for us to come out and get better. That's how I'm approaching the game."

The Pelicans have won seven of their last 10 games.

"I'm not trying to make it personal or anything like that," Cousins said. "I was joking when I said it but I'm really serious, my only focus is to go in and get a win. This is just another opportunity for us to go in and get better...To come in and try to make it about me, that would be a selfish move on my end."

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Kings Deny Report Of Bringing In Executive Above Vlade Divac

Mar 28, 2017 11:15 AM

The Sacramento Kings issued a statement refuting a report that they have interest in hiring an executive to oversee basketball operations above Vlade Divac.

Sam Hinkie was mentioned as a target of interest for the Kings.

“The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in above Vlade,” the team said.

Divac has said he is in charge of all basketball decisions, but that doesn’t preclude Vivek Ranadive from hiring someone to be Divac’s boss, just like Divac was to oversee Pete D’Alessandro.

Ken Catanella was hired as assistant general manager last offseason.

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Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie

Mar 27, 2017 8:06 PM

The Sacramento Kings have received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to speak to Sam Hinkie about a role in their front office.

It is not yet known what type of role the Kings are considering for Hinkie nor his level of interest.

Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers last April.

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Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'

Mar 24, 2017 11:55 AM

Matt Barnes will have his first opportunity to play the Sacramento Kings since he was released by the team in February. Barnes and the Golden State Warriors host the Kings on Friday.

“I’m trying to kill them,” said Barnes. “Plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there.”

Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

“It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day’s time you’re no longer a part of the organization,” Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. “It was kind of a rude awakening.”

Barnes is averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games with his new team.

“They’re the enemy now,” Barnes said of the Kings. “We’re trying to kill them, beat them by 50.”

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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Tried To Recruit Each Other
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Kings Left Some Teams Wishing They Had Chance To Bid For DeMarcus Cousins
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