Kings Rumors & News

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic set to have knee surgery in New York

    Sacramento Bee "Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will have surgery to repair a slight tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee Tuesday, the team announced. A "minimally invasive debridement procedure" will be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and Bogdanovic is expected to make a..." April 24

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Ty Lawson Signs with the Wizards, Back in the NBA

    247 Sports "Ty Lawson is back in the NBA. After playing the majority of the season with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association, the former UNC point guard signed a contract with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are 43-39 this season and have clinched the No. 8 playoff seed in..." April 12

  • Kings to reportedly bring back coach Dave Joerger next season despite 27-55 record

    CBS Sports "The Kings weren't supposed to be good this season. That much was expected, but there was a point where it seemed they couldn't even clear the low bar that had been set. Sacramento was one of the NBA's worst teams before the All-Star break. It had the worst offense, second-worst defense and..." April 12

  • Vince Carter Plans To Return For 2018/19

    Hoops Rumors "Like fellow 1998 draftee Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter intends to return to the NBA for a 21st season in 2018/19, he confirmed today. Writing for The Undefeated along with Marc J. Spears, Carter announced that he plans on coming back for “one more season,” adding that he’s “90% sure” he’ll call it a..." April 11

  • Mentally 'exhausted' Bogdanovic gets confidence boost as Kings' season winds down

    Sacramento Bee "It takes a high level of mental toughness to make big shots in pressure situations, as Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has shown a knack for doing this season. But it also requires a lot of mental fortitude to trudge through the final stages of a losing NBA season, as the Kings are doing. That's..." April 09

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Vince Carter expresses regret over play that injured Patrick McCaw

    Larry Brown Sports "Vince Carter was responsible for the play that resulted in Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw being stretchered off the court, and many have criticized Carter for the dirty play. However, it seems clear that the 41-year-old veteran did not intend to injure his opponent. Right after..." April 01

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Kings game goes off without disruption outside Golden 1 Center

    ESPN "The Sacramento Kings-Indiana Pacers game tipped off Thursday without disruption from protesters outside the downtown Sacramento arena. Police in riot gear stood outside the Golden 1 Center in case protesters attempted to block fans from entering as they had for two games prior. The marchers..." March 30

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Kings-Mavericks Game Locked Down Due To Sacramento Protests

    SLAM Online "For the second time in a week, Sacramento Kings officials locked down the entrance to Golden 1 Center because of city-wide protests following the shooting death of Stephon Clark. The start of Kings-Hawks last Thursday was delayed as people protesting Clark’s death blocked the entrance to the..." March 28

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Kings Owner: "We At The Kings Recognize Your People's Ability To Protest Peacefully, And We Respect That"

    Deadspin "After the Kings’ win tonight over the Hawks was delayed and ultimately played in front of a tiny crowd—with the arena shutting its doors before tip-off, due to the presence of protests over last weekend’s fatal police shooting of Sacramento man Stephon Clark—team owner Vivek Ranadivé discussed..." March 23

  • Start of Hawks-Kings game delayed due to protests outside arena

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Giving new meaning to playing under protest, the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks game at Golden 1 Center was delayed 13 minutes Thursday evening due to an actual protest outside the building. Protesters locked arms in front of the entrance to the building, blocking ticket holders from..." March 23

  • Joerger faces tough decision with Bogdanovic out vs Pistons

    NBC Sports Bay Area "It’s time for some home cooking. The Sacramento Kings open a six-game homestand Monday night at Golden 1 Center. They’ll host a struggling Detroit Pistons team that has lost three straight and seven of their last eight. The Kings battled the Utah Jazz all the way down the wire Saturday evening..." March 19

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Kings Eyeing Mario Hezonja As Free Agent Target?

    Hoops Rumors "Mario Hezonja, who is playing some of the best basketball of his NBA career as of late, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he’s beginning to look like an intriguing target. According to various reports, the Kings are one team that’s expected to have interest in Hezonja when he..." March 05

  • Garrett Temple Could Decline $8M Option With Kings

    Real GM Basketball "Garrett Temple has an $8 million player option next season with the Sacramento Kings but some inside and outside the organization believe he could decline it to test free agency." March 05

  • Kings troll Jae Crowder over Jimmy Butler beef

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings may have lost to the Utah Jazz on the hardwood on Saturday night, but they at least managed to beat them on the Internet. After a sequence in the first quarter where Kings big man Skal Labissiere blocked Jazz forward Jae Crowder at the rim, the Kings posted this perfect..." March 04

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • Two young Kings stand out in loss to history-seeking T-Wolves

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When you’ve lost four straight and sit at the bottom of the league in wins, you search for small victories. In Monday night’s 118-100 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, second-year big man Skal Labissiere’s number stood out in an otherwise dreary boxscore. The 21-year-old power forward went to..." February 27

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • Seattle to host Warriors-Kings preseason game

    Sacramento Bee "The Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources. The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and..." February 21

  • Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic insists he wanted to get to the NBA much more quickly than he did. He declared for the 2013 NBA draft. “That’s how I put myself on radar here,” said Bogdanovic, who was playing in his native Serbia. He garnered some attention, but not enough, so he withdrew...." February 21

  • Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic insists he wanted to get to the NBA much more quickly than he did. He declared for the 2013 NBA draft. “That’s how I put myself on radar here,” said Bogdanovic, who was playing in his native Serbia. He garnered some attention, but not enough, so he withdrew...." February 21

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Raptors won’t sign Vince Carter if he gets bought out

    Pro Basketball Talk "Of returning to the Raptors, Vince Carter said, “It’ll happen one day.” It sounds as if the Kings would buy him out if he wants. Will he end the season with Toronto? Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050: After speaking with a few team sources, I can confirm that they’ve had internal dialogue..." February 19

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • How Bogdan Bogdanovic shot his way to the top of Rising Stars Challenge

    CBS Sports "The MVP of the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge walked out of a side door in the bowels of the Staples Center on Friday night and strolled to the dais, light shimmering off his glass trophy. "Can I ask the first question?" Bogdan Bogdanovic said. When you're the MVP, you can do..." February 17

  • Zach Randolph not resting much lately. Why that helped in Kings’ win over Mavericks

    Sacramento Bee "January was a month of transition for the Kings and a new world for Zach Randolph. The Kings began resting veterans on predetermined nights to give younger players more time on the court. Randolph, in his 17th season, was not accustomed to sitting out games while healthy. His production..." February 16

  • Kings' Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars game

    CBS Sports "Fox (face) is expected to play in Friday's Rising Stars game following a medical examination, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reports. Fox fell and hit the floor hard at the end of Wednesday's game against the Rockets, and while he did require some stitches above his right eye and chin, it..." February 15

  • Sacramento's Fox to replace Lakers' Ball in 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars

    NBA.com "Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball on the U.S. Team in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (9 p.m. ET; TNT/ESPN Radio). Fox, the fifth pick in NBA Draft 2017 presented by State..." February 14

  • Rumor: George Hill deal almost didn’t materialize because Kings wanted to include Georgios Papagiannis

    Cavs Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers were close to being unable to pull off a second straight deal, this time involving the Sacramento Kings, in hopes of acquiring the long-chased George Hill. With a deal in place, the Kings had thrown in a poison pill to cover up their draft night gaffe, throwing in center..." February 14

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