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Phil Jackson Planned On Signing George Hill To Mentor Frank Ntilikina

Nov 10, 2017 11:14 AM

Phil Jackson intended to sign George Hill if he remained president of the New York Knicks.

Hill was going to be a mentor to Frank Ntilikina, who the Knicks selected eighth overall.

Hill is friends with Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah and was interested in the Knicks. Hill ultimately signed with the Sacramento Kings instead.

Steve Mills pivoted the Knicks towards going younger while eventual Knicks' general manager Scott Perry played a role in bringing Hill to the Kings to mentor De'Aaron Fox.

The Knicks instead used their cap space on Tim Hardaway Jr., who Jackson did not have interest in signing.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: George Hill, Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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10 Percent Stake In Kings Up For Sale

Nov 1, 2017 2:00 PM

A 10 percent stake of the Sacramento Kings is being made available by one of their minority owners.

The Kings were valued at $1.1 billion in February, but the Houston Rockets have since been sold for $2.2 billion, which was 33 percent more than Forbes' estimate.

Vivek Ranadive is the team’s managing partner. The other sizable stakeholders are Qualcomm Inc. Chairman Paul Jacobs and Raj Bhathal, founder of swimwear company RAJ Swim. 

The Kings have done well financially since moving into their new arena last season.

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Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA CBA

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Magic Explore Trade Market For Mario Hezonja

Oct 31, 2017 11:45 AM

The Orlando Magic have explored trading away Mario Hezonja.

The Magic have to decide whether to pick up their $5.2 million option on Hezonja for the 17-18 season by the end of Tuesday.

Orlando discussed a trade of Hezonja for Malachi Richardson and a second round pick.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Mario Hezonja, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins Scores 41 In 'Super Nervous' Return To Sacramento

Oct 27, 2017 8:59 AM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 41 points and 23 rebounds in his first game back in Sacramento as the New Orleans Pelicans had a 114-106 comeback win over the Kings.

Cousins was traded to the Pelicans in February by the Kings. Cousins was drafted by Sacramento in 2010.

"It was pretty emotional," Cousins said. "I was super nervous coming in. The anticipation was like through the roof. I really couldn't wait for the ball to go up and we could just actually get to the basketball part."

A video and highlight tribute to Cousins played on the scoreboard during a first-quarter timeout as he was formally welcomed back.

"I loved it," Cousins said. "I've got nothing but love for this city. I came here as a kid and left as a man. As I stated many times, I've got people here I consider family. These fans have been great to me throughout the years."

Associated Press

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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DeMarcus Cousins Regrets Being Loyal To Kings, Not Leaving In 2015

Oct 25, 2017 2:43 PM

DeMarcus Cousins regrets not pushing for a trade from the Sacramento Kings in 2015 while feuding with George Karl.

Cousins wanted to remain with the Kings at that time, but he was traded less than two years later ahead of the 2017 trade deadline.

“There were plenty of situations where I’m like, ‘Man, why didn’t you just do it this way?’ ” Cousins recently told ESPN. “And there was plenty of times where I was a victim. But at the end of the day, it’s still on me. My biggest regret is not leaving when I had the chance.

“I had the chance, but I fought it. I had the chance to leave, but I didn’t.”

According to an NBA source, Cousins’ representatives told Kings general manager Vlade Divac after the 2014-15 season that their client wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers but was open to other possible deals.

Cousins ultimately told his representatives and the Kings that he wanted to stay.

“I wanted to give it a chance because my representatives told me I shouldn’t stay,” Cousins said. “I guess you could say I was stubborn and loyal. I wanted to make things work.”

Cousins regrets being loyal to the Kings.

“I kind of blame myself for even putting myself at that point,” Cousins said. “You knew coming in this was a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that ain’t even loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool.

“But at the same time, it doesn’t change who I am. … I still live by that code. You’ve just got to learn how to separate business and your personal life. And all that did was teach me a lesson.”

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Hire Jenny Boucek As Assistant Player Development Coach

Oct 20, 2017 5:14 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Jenny Boucek as an Assistant Player Development Coach on the staff of Dave Joerger.

With 18 years of professional coaching experience and two WNBA championships under her belt, Boucek returns to Sacramento after most recently serving as the head coach of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm for three seasons (2015-17).

Boucek has worked as a coach in the WNBA since 1999.

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Kings To Sit Harry Giles Through January To Strengthen Knees

Oct 6, 2017 4:27 PM

The Sacramento Kings will hold out Harry Giles through at least January.

Giles and the Kings training staff will focus on a measured and sustained progression plan designed to improve physical strength in his surgically repaired knees.

Giles is otherwise healthy and will continue as he has during the preseason to actively participate in controlled elements during team practices. Given his age, personal injury history and the wealth of scientific research supporting a methodical approach to ACL prevention and rehabilitation, Giles will continue on this track going forward and be reevaluated routinely throughout the program.   

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Tags: Harry Giles, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Oct 5, 2017 3:39 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) go in-depth on the NBA’s Pacific Division.

They discuss how the Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Kings and Suns fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Kings Pick Up 19-20 Option On Dave Joerger

Sep 27, 2017 1:13 PM

The Sacramento Kings have picked up their fourth-year option on Dave Joerger for the 19-20 season.

The Kings hired Joerger as head coach in 2016.

Sacramento also has Divac under contract through the 19-20 season.

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Kings Extend Vlade Divac Through 19-20

Sep 27, 2017 1:11 PM

The Sacramento Kings have extended the contract of Vlade Divac as general manager through the 19-20 season.

Divac was hired by the Kings as general manager in 2015.

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Tags: Vlade Divac, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Zach Randolph Felt 'Wrongfully Arrested'
Zach Randolph was sentenced to 150 hours of community service for his involvement in an incident during the offseason in Los Angeles.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Kings Hire Galen Duncan To Serve As Life Coach To Players
Galen Duncan spent the last 10 years as senior director of player development with the Lions.

Blake Ellington/Sactown Royalty

Zach Randolph Avoids Jail With Plea Deal
The NBA could still issue discipline to Zach Randolph.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Sign Matt Jones To Camp Deal
Matt Jones played for the Rockets in Summer League after going undrafted out of Duke in 2017.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Zach Randolph's Charges Reduced To Misdeamenors
Prosecutors have reduced the charges to misdemeanor possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

TMZ

Zach Randolph Could Face NBA Ban
The NBA's CBA says a player will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Zach Randolph Arrested On Marijuana Possession Charge
Zach Randolph was one of three people detained.

TMZ

Kings Hire Brandon Williams As Assistant GM
Brandon Williams was previously Vice President of Basketball Administration for the 76ers.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Otis Smith Meets With Kings On VP Of Basketball Ops Job
The Kings are searching for a replacement for Scott Perry.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jack Cooley Agrees To Two-Way Contract With Kings
Jack Cooley averaged 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game last season in Germany.

Chris Reichert/2 Ways & 10 Days

Vince Carter Agrees Upon One-Year, $8M Deal With Kings
Vince Carter has agreed upon a one-year, $8 million deal with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Grizzlies To Retire Zach Randolph's No. 50
Zach Randolph signed with the Kings this offseason.

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Kelly Olynyk Receiving Interest From Nets, Pacers, Kings, Jazz
Kelly Olynyk is one of the better available stretch big men on the open market.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Zach Randolph Agrees To Two-Year, $24M Deal With Kings
Zach Randolph has left the Grizzlies to join the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

George Hill Agrees To Three-Year, $57M Deal With Kings
George Hill has agreed upon a three-year, $57 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Ben McLemore Agrees To Two-Year, $10.7M Deal With Grizzlies
The Kings declined to tender a qualifying offer to McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Vince Carter To Meet With Kings
Vince Carter is a free agent after continuing to be a valuable role player with the Grizzlies.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Kings Offer Otto Porter Four-Year, $106M Max Contract
The Kings have offered Otto Porter a four-year max contract.

Chris Haynes, Marc J. Spears/ESPN

Ty Lawson Receiving Interest From Wolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Kings
Ty Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per game over 69 games for the Kings.

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