Kings Rumors & News

  • 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 "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

  • Kings make tough, but correct decisions at the trade deadline

    NBC Sports Bay Area "And then there were eight. The Sacramento Kings walked into the 2017-18 season with 10 young players on rookie scale contracts. That number was reduced by two at the trade deadline with former first-round selections Georgios Papagiannis and Malachi Richardson leaving the franchise. It was a..." February 12

  • Ty Lawson emerges as serious candidate for deal with Wizards

    ESPN "After a season in the China Basketball Association, guard Ty Lawson has emerged as a serious candidate for a deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are still considering several point guards, including Derrick Rose, Briante Weber and Ramon Sessions, league..." February 12

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • NBA Rumors: Joe Johnson Plans To Sign With Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "Joe Johnson plans to sign with the Rockets once his buyout from the Kings is complete, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical." February 10

  • Papagiannis' agent rips Kings after club cuts 2016 1st-rounder "Speaking to the Greek radio station “Sport FM” Marios Olympios, the Greek agent of George Papagiannis, stated that his client was not treated fairly by the Kings: “He (Papagiannis) never got a chance by the Kings. He had a double-double every time he played in the G-League. He had to travel for..." February 10

  • NBA Rumors: Kings Willing To Buy Out Johnson, Prefer To Keep Carter

    Hoops Rumors "Joe Johnson, acquired from the Jazz by the Kings in one of Thursday’s three-team trades, will “definitely” get a buyout if he wants one from Sacramento, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. However, according to Stein, the Kings would love to hang onto another veteran – Vince Carter – for the..." February 09

  • Could Vince Carter be missing piece to Raptors playoff puzzle?

    Sportsnet "The Cleveland Cavaliers sent away nearly half their team Thursday in a bid to make the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year under the reign of LeBron James. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Might the Toronto Raptors respond by repatriating one of the greatest players in..." February 09

  • Kings to waive Georgios Papagiannis less than two years after drafting him in lottery

    Sacramento Bee "The Kings have waived center Georgios Papagiannis, the team announced Thursday. Papagiannis was the 13th pick in the 2016 NBA draft. The 20-year-old from Greece averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 38 games in his career with the Kings, including 16 games this season. He was part of the..." February 09

  • Raptors To Acquire Malachi Richardson From Kings

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors and Kings are finalizing a deal to swap Bruno Caboclo for Malachi Richardson, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. A first-round pick in 2016, Richardson has been somewhat of a disappointment in Sacramento after being acquired in a draft-night trade. He has played just 47 games in..." February 08

  • Cavs To Acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill In Three-Team Trade

    Hoops Rumors "A busy day in Cleveland continues, as the Cavaliers have agreed to acquire Rodney Hood from the Jazz in a three-team trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter links). The Cavs will also receive George Hill from Sacramento in the deal, with the Jazz acquiring Jae Crowder and Derrick..." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • NBA Rumors: Rockets, Cavaliers Interested In Trading For George Hill

    Sacramento Bee "As Thursday’s noon trade deadline approaches, the Cleveland Cavaliers remain one of the teams interested in acquiring Kings point guard George Hill, according to multiple league sources speaking on the condition of anonymity. The Houston Rockets also have interest in Hill, the sources..." February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • George Hill-Cavs trade was nearly completed 2 weeks ago

    Cavs Nation "The deal to send Sacramento Kings guard George Hill was nearly completed two weeks ago, but a slight complication caused a snag in the trade — one that seems farther from happening than before. According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye were destined to pack..." February 05

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Willie Cauley-Stein gets tattoo on his forehead

    247 Sports "Willie Cauley-Stein has always been a different kind of 'Cat' per se. The Sacramento Kings big man and former Kentucky Wildcat has never been afraid to express himself in his own unique way and that's evident in his most recent tattoo. Cauley-Stein has plenty of tattoos, including a "Team..." February 01

  • Report: Tyronn Lue Was Against Including Channing Frye In George Hill Trade

    SLAM Online "Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was reportedly against including Channing Frye in a potential George Hill trade with the Kings. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Lue did not view Hill as a “clear-cut improvement” to the Cavs’ title chances." January 31

  • Joerger gets good news following comprehensive medical evaluation

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Following a comprehensive medical evaluation, Dave Joerger was given a clean bill of health and will return to the bench sometime in the next week to resume his coaching duties. Joerger got a scare Sunday in San Antonio. Early in the first quarter, he stood up too quickly and got lightheaded,..." January 30

  • Rumor: Mavs may be interested in Kings’ Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson

    Clutch Points "As the NBA trade deadline nears with less than two weeks left for teams to make a move in what has been a somewhat muted month of transactions, the Sacramento Kings are one of the teams looking to be active and make moves. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Kings are still looking..." January 29

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • Cavs had intentions of buying out George Hill’s contract had trade materialized

    Cavs Nation "George Hill is not yet a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But had he been traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Cavs, his stint with the defending champions may not even last long. Speaking on ESPN Radio about the subject of Hill’s potential trade to Cleveland, Ryan Hollins said that..." January 29

  • Dave Joerger OK after falling to knee; Kings cite 'light-headedness'

    ESPN "Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger was said to be OK after suffering a brief dizzy spell and falling to one knee before leaving Sunday's 113-98 loss to the Spurs in the first quarter. The Kings said Joerger experienced a "momentary episode of light-headedness." He did not return to the game..." January 29

  • Young Kings find themselves in middle of trade rumors

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The NBA is a ruthless business. Young players find that out the hard way and it usually comes around the trade deadline. The Sacramento Kings are jam packed with players on rookie scale deals, many of which have never heard their name mentioned in a potential trade. The names started to fly on..." January 25

  • Kings, De'Aaron Fox can breathe after MRI results

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Injury averted. The Sacramento Kings received some good news Wednesday morning when a precautionary MRI on rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox came back negative. Fox left the Kings’ 105-99 victory over the Orlando Magic early on Tuesday evening with what the team deemed “abdominal tightness.”..." January 25

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • Cavaliers, Kings far apart on potential trade for George Hill: Sources

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers and Kings are further apart on a trade for George Hill than it first appeared, sources told, with significant hurdles toward a potential deal remaining. One source told that the two sides were speaking "conceptually" about Hill and were never close;..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • Kings Make Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson Available

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings have made Skal Labissiere and Malachi Richardson available for a possible trade, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes. Jones cites the possibly looming George Hill trade as the driving factor behind their looking to unload a young player. If the Kings are to take on Iman Shumpert..." January 24

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Report: Third Team Emerges to Help Facilitate Cavs-Kings George Hill Trade

    12 Up "The Cleveland Cavaliers need to do something. Anything. With the wins still difficult to come by despite the return of Isaiah Thomas from a hip injury, the Cavs are looking to do whatever is necessary to boost their fortunes -- ​and hopefully their morale -- before more of those infamous team..." January 24

  • Magic were in deep conversations to sign Vince Carter last July

    Clutch Points "The disappointing 2017-18 NBA season for the Orlando Magic continued with their 105-99 loss to the lowly Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Once again, head coach Frank Vogel was reminded about what could have been, especially after seeing Vince Carter on the opponents’ side. Carter made the decision..." January 24

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