Kings Rumors & News

  • Kings reportedly interested in Dion Waiters

    Sactown Royalty "We have a new free agent rumor involving the Kings, and this time it's actually about someone that plays a position of need! Unfortunately, it's about Dion Waiters. I wouldn't completely hate a signing of Dion Waiters, as I think he played a valuable role for the Thunder in this year's..." June 28

  • Soon-to-be Hornets guard Marco Belinelli breaks jaw in exhibition game

    At The Hive "Marco Belinelli, the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets guard, broke his jaw in an exhibition game between his native Italy and Canada on Sunday night, according to Sportando. While not officially a Hornet yet, the team agreed to send the 22nd pick in this year's draft to the Sacramento Kings in return..." June 28

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Vlade Divac says he would like to have Rajon Rondo back next season

    Sactown Royalty "The Sacramento Kings backcourt looks pretty shallow at the moment. Darren Collison has legal issues, the future of the inexperienced, restricted free agent Seth Curry is still uncertain and Rajon Rondo is a free agent. After missing on the point guards in the top half of the lottery he was..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • If Rajon Rondo wants to play in New York, only one team needs a point guard

    Nets Daily "The Nets point guard situation remains unclear ... to say the least. The Nets drafted two 21-year-olds, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead, who can play the point on Thursday. Friday, they signed one of the top undrafted players, Yogi Ferrell, to a partially guaranteed deal. On Saturday, there..." June 26

  • Kings Are Targeting Courtney Lee In Free Agency

    Sactown Royalty "On Fridays edition of the Kings Insider Podcast, CSN Kings Insider James Ham reported what a lot of folks have been speculating since Dave Joerger was hired, and that is the Kings' predictable interest in Charlotte Hornets free agent guard, Courtney Lee. Via James Ham, Kings Insider..." June 25

  • Cousins: Draft night tweet was about 'hot sculpting class,' not Kings' moves

    Sportsnaut "Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins used his Twitter account during the NBA Draft in such a way that is seemed obvious he was not pleased with his team’s strategy. We covered that angle when his message hit social media, and it was hard to argue with him for feeling frustrated by what..." June 25

  • Cousins reacts to Papagiannis selection: 'Lord give me the strength'

    USA Today "We can never know what’s going on inside of DeMarcus Cousins’ head, but we’ll just lay out this timeline for you. Less than 10 minutes after the Kings selected Greek center Georgios Papagiannis at No. 13 via the Suns, Cousins took to Twitter with a curious post. " June 24

  • Vlade Divac: “Papagiannis can probably be an All-Star down the road”

    EuroHoops.net "Georgios Papagiannis was the 13th pick at the 2016 NBA Draft, ending up to the Sacramento Kings via a trade deal with the Phoenix Suns. And as Vlade Divac said, the 18-year old Greek center will not stay in Europe, where he spent the last seasons with Panathinaikos, but will come to the NBA right..." June 24

  • Report: Kings heavily engaged in trade talks to land D’Angelo Russell

    ClutchPoints "Two former rivals in the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen on tough times lately, and now they’re currently in talks to make a deal to help them potentially become playoff contenders once again. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Kings are “heavily engaged in trade talks”..." June 23

  • Hornets To Acquire Marco Belinelli For No. 22 Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets and Kings have agreed to a trade that will send the No. 22 overall pick to Sacramento in exchange for veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter links). The deal that will make Belinelli a Hornet can’t be processed until July, but..." June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Caron Butler Exercises $1.5M Player Option With Kings

    Real GM Basketball "Caron Butler has exercised his $1.5 million player option for the 16-17 season with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings attempted to trade away Butler midseason with the Milwaukee Bucks considered the most likely option at the time." June 21

  • NBA Trade Rumors: Multiple teams calling about Ben McLemore

    Sactown Royalty "Trade interest in Ben McLemore is nothing new, and with the NBA Draft in a few days it's starting to heat up again. Frankly, I was a little bit shocked that the Kings didn't trade McLemore at the trade deadline this year, especially when we were reading reports that McLemore was actively..." June 21

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Kings ‘praying’ Hield falls to them at No. 8

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings are facing a pretty extensive rebuild of their team, and they reportedly have someone in mind with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Kings are “praying” that Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is there for them with the 8th pick, and both GM Vlade..." June 18

  • Kings' Collison faces 2 domestic violence charges

    SI "Kings guard Darren Collison will face two misdemeanor domestic violence charges, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Collison will face a count of domestic violence causing injury and a count of domestic battery of a spouse, CBS Sacramento reports. The charges stem..." June 17

  • Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins excited about Summer Olympics, next season

    Sacramento Bee "When Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins arrived at Sacramento High School on Thursday, he believed he was doing his job. At the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Basketball Camp – free for the 200 youngsters – he wasn’t just making an appearance. He believes he has a responsibility to help lift..." June 17

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • New Sacramento Kings Uniforms Reflect Franchise Connection To City, Pride and Foundation

    NBA.com "Today, the Sacramento Kings unveiled a new uniform system for the 2016-17 season, featuring the team’s recently released logos. With a focus on using technology to enhance the fan experience, the Kings debuted the uniforms in an interactive and innovative way. A virtual reality experience..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Rajon Rondo details Kings' woes, sends thoughts to Orlando

    ESPN "Rajon Rondo said Monday on ESPN's The Jump that the Kings never jelled as a team last season, and the tension between DeMarcus Cousins and the coaching staff was unlike anything he has experienced in his NBA career. The 30-year-old point guard, who will be a free agent this offseason, said the..." June 14

  • Rajon Rondo Apologized For His Past Homophobic Comments In The Wake Of The Orlando Shootings

    Uproxx "It’s been a rocky couple of years for Rajon Rondo. After a nightmarish season with the Mavericks that ended with ugly departure, he ended up with a dysfunctional Kings organization that is perpetually on the brink of implosion. If that wasn’t bad enough, the moody point guard compounded matters..." June 14

  • DeMarcus Cousins earns Team USA Basketball spot for 2016 Rio Olympics

    A Sea of Blue "Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins will be part of the 2016 Rio Olympics. According to Marc Spears of ESPN, the former Kentucky Wildcats big man has earned a roster spot on Team USA Basketball for this year's Olympic festivities, which take place in August." June 10

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Reports: Kings’ “deflated” when George Karl wasn’t fired, Joerger setting new tone

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Sacramento Kings desperately want to turn the page on the past 10 seasons — they are moving into a new building and see that as a new era and a chance to change the dynamic around the team. They also have a new coach in Dave Joerger they are counting on to lead that change. Caron Butler..." June 04

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Darren Collison arrested on domestic violence charge

    Sactown Royalty "Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a charge of domestic violence, according to CBS 13. Collison was also cited on a bench warrant of driving while his license was revoked. Collison is entering the final year of his contract with the Kings, and is the only point guard..." June 01

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Marco Belinelli: 'Sacramento hadn't winning mentality this year but I want to win now'

    Sportando "Marco Belinelli made a long interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport where he talked about several subjects, including the disappointing season with the Kings. Belinelli said that there wasn't winning mentality in Sacramento and that's a huge problem for him: "There wasn't a..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • DeMarcus Cousins sees double standard between himself and Draymond Green

    Sportsnaut "DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green are viewed by most in NBA circles in two completely different lights. Green is viewed by many as a firecracker who represents the heart and soul of the Golden State Warriors, as Carmichael Dave of 1140 AM in Sacramento put it on Twitter, while Cousins is..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • 5 blockbuster trade scenarios for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season since moving from Minnesota over a half century ago. They will now be led by a 36-year-old head coach in Luke Walton that’s looking to duplicate what he helped build with the Golden State Warriors. With Kobe Bryant now fully into..." May 20

  • Kings 'prepared to cut bait with Rajon Rondo' if price too high

    CBS Sports "The Rajon Rondo era might be over for the Sacramento Kings. Rondo, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract last summer, is heading into free agency in July. ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that he is not a lock to return: The latest scuttlebutt is that the Kings are prepared to cut bait with Rajon..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Report: Vlade Divac 'loves' Buddy Hield

    Sactown Royalty "For teams not named the Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, or Golden State Warriors, the next big important NBA ‘event’ is Tuesday nights NBA draft lottery that will air on ESPN at 8pm ET. Akis already detailed what the draft lottery could mean for the Sacramento Kings,..." May 17

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Kings Have No Interest in Trading DeMarcus Cousins

    Sports Glory "DeMarcus Cousins has had trade rumors surrounding him throughout the majority of his career with the Sacramento Kings. He is without question one of the top players in the league, but his attitude has been a major red flag. Despite the attitude that he has shown in the past, Vlade Divac made it..." May 10

  • Dave Joerger agrees to coach Sacramento Kings

    USA Today "The Sacramento Kings have reached a verbal agreement on a deal with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. Joerger, a..." May 09

  • Sources: Kings progressing in discussions to hire Dave Joerger as coach

    Yahoo! Sports "The Sacramento Kings are progressing rapidly in discussions with Dave Joerger, with a Monday meeting that will include owner Vivek Ranadive being the final hurdle to Joerger’s hiring as head coach, league sources told The Vertical. The Kings fetched Joerger and his family in a private jet for..." May 09

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