Cowbell Kingdom "Nik Stauskas got his first taste of NBA competition during Las Vegas Summer League over the past two weeks. By all accounts, the Sacramento Kings were very happy with their first-round pick’s performance this month. “He’s a very smart kid,” Kings head coach Michael Malone said of Stauskas...." July 26
ESPN.com "Are you ready for the Coach K & Boogie era? USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo insists that he is. Asked if Kevin Love's sudden withdrawal Saturday, so soon after Blake Griffin’s pullout, gives DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond real hope of making the 12-man roster of players bound..." July 26
Sacramento Bee "Omri Casspi arrived in Sacramento with his ego bursting, his prospects for a long-term career with the Kings promising, and his tiny country of Israel riding on his shoulders, along for the ride. Five years later, he barely recognizes his life. Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA,..." July 23
Real GM Basketball "Omri Casspi is expected to become a free agent once he is waived by the New Orleans Pelicans. Casspi played for the Houston Rockets this past season. “My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams, and the Kings are one of them," said Casspi. "Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who..." July 23
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23
Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22
Yahoo! Sports "Detroit Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy reached out to forward Josh Smith to tell him that reports of the franchise engaging in substantive trade talks with Sacramento centered on Smith have been inaccurate and – barring an unexpected turn of events – Smith will be in training camp with..." July 21
Sacramento Bee "At the Kings’ first predraft workout June 2, some of the team’s executives were intrigued by Oregon State forward Eric Moreland. Moreland was an active player for the Beavers, averaging at least 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in his last two seasons. He declared for the NBA draft after his..." July 21
Sacramento Bee "Even before the end of last season, Kings coach Michael Malone spoke often about changing the team’s style of play. Malone wanted the Kings to play smarter and faster, move the ball and commit more to defense. That’s how the San Antonio Spurs won the 2014 NBA championship. Through free..." July 20
Detroit Free Press "The Sacramento Kings made another run at Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith during this week’s league meetings in Las Vegas, but they were rebuffed again. A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation confirmed ESPN’s Marc Stein’s report that the Kings were interested in Smith. Another..." July 18
ESPN.com "The Detroit Pistons and the Sacramento Kings have resumed trade discussions on a deal that could send Josh Smith to Sacramento, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Sources told ESPN.com the Kings have continued to express interest in Smith and the parties are on the hunt for a..." July 17
SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16
The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15
Sacramento Bee "Rudy Gay is committed to the Kings for the 2014-15 season after exercising his player option worth $19.3 million. And while he says he likes the Kings’ direction thus far, he is no rush to think beyond next season. After watching the Kings beat the Charlotte Hornets 72-65 in a summer league..." July 15
Alex Oriakhi has been officially added to the team's Summer League roster and is available to play today.
Suns and Kings are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal on a four-year, $27M contract for Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Kings scouring the market for a shot-blocker or stretch-four to play alongside DeMarcus Cousins, league source says.
SLAM Online "Sometimes, being good enough just doesn’t cut it, especially in the case of restricted free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas. Despite numbers that put him in elite company in 2014, IT is still waiting for a deal to materialize. He thinks he knows why, too. Thomas’ averages of 20 points and 6..." July 11
Restricted free agent guard Isaiah Thomas visiting Suns today, sources tell Yahoo. Suns looking to build on deep backcourt.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season will be an all-time high of $63.065 million, an increase by 7.5 percent. The tax level for the season will be $76.829 million, an increase of 7.1 percent. The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the cap, is $56.759..." July 10
CSN Bay Area "The Kings signed first-round draft pick Nik Stauskas to a contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Sacramento selected Stauskas out of the University of Michigan with the eighth-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not..." July 09
Sacramento Bee "The Kings have reached an agreement to hire former Utah head coach Ty Corbin as the lead assistant on head coach Michael Malone’s staff a league source confirmed. Corbin will fill the role Brendan Malone, Michael’s father, was in before he resigned before last season. Corbin had a 112-146..." July 08
The Pistons, I'm told, are not involved with free agent Isaiah Thomas. The former Kings PG had been connected to them previously.
CBSSports.com "The Sacramento Bee reports that the Sacramento Kings are only comfortable with an offer that is substantially lower than what Isaiah Thomas wants in restricted free agency for the diminutive speedster. The Kings were willing to offer $5 million to $6 million per year for four seasons –-..." July 07
Kings are still looking to free up their logjam at power forward through a trade. Team has a lot of PFs but they don't address Kings' needs
Hearing Lakers are "real possibility" for Isaiah Thomas. Heat still pursuing, but LA has the $. Nothing happens 'til Melo & Bron make moves.
Detroit's still in the mix for Isaiah Thomas. They were on to Thomas early in free agency & I'm hearing they would be open to a sign&trade.
Hearing Isaiah Thomas' preferred teams (in order): Lakers, Heat, Pistons
Sactown Royalty "The Sacramento Kings are in negotiations with Darren Collison, according to Hoopshype and confirmed by Jason Jones. This obviously does not bode well for the Kings keeping Isaiah Thomas. Does it makes sense? Collison isn't a top tier point guard by any means, but he's a serviceable point..." July 03
Free agent guard Darren Collison agrees to 3 year, $16 milion deal with Sacramento, sources, leaving the Clippers.
The Celtics reached out to Isaiah Thomas tonight. Interesting, the Kings and Celtics had recently been in talks on Rajon Rondo deal.
NBA.com "The Sacramento Kings waived forward Willie Reed, according to Kings General manager Pete D’Alessandro. The 6-10, 200-pound forward was signed as a free agent by the Kings on March 26, 2014. He did not see action in any regular season games with the Kings. Reed was assigned to the Kings’..." June 29
Hearing Kings are looking to add shooting guard MarShon Brooks to their Summer League team. Nothing solid yet, he could still go elsewhere.
Nik Stauskas meets commissioner Adam Silver after being picked 8th overall. pic.twitter.com/fnG0uAwWmD
CSN Bay Area "The Kings extended a qualifying offer to Isaiah Thomas, making him a restricted free agent, Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro announced Wednesday morning. Thomas, a three-year NBA veteran, has accrued averages of 15.3 points (.447 FGs, .360 3FGs, .857 FTs), 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and..." June 26
PSD Staff Thursday night's draft should be one of the best in recent memory. But more importantly, the draft day rumors should be flying around all day long with dozens of teams looking to move up into the lottery positions. Buckle up! June 26
CSN New England "The Sacramento Kings' interest in trading for Detroit's Josh Smith may not make a lot of sense on the surface. But the more you examine the deal, you get the feeling that acquiring Smith isn't the Kings' end-game in all this. In fact, a more likely reason for pursuing the 6-foot-9 forward..." June 26
CBSSports.com "Elfrid Payton, the point guard out of Louisiana-Lafayette whose stock has been rising throughout the pre-draft workout process, thinks he's going to be selected No. 7 by the Los Angeles Lakers or No. 8 by the Sacramento Kings, via Andy Katz of ESPN. Payton has shown an ability to play tough..." June 25
Kings really want to add a point guard this offseason, one who is more pass-first.
NBA.com "Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has exercised his contract option for the 2014-15 season, General Manager Pete D’Alessandro announced today. “We’re thrilled that Rudy will return to Sacramento next season,” said Kings Chairman and Majority Owner Vivek Ranadivé. “He quickly demonstrated..." June 25
ESPN Boston "The Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have talked about a potential Josh Smith deal: Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Pistons have engaged the Sacramento Kings in trade discussions this week that would potentially land Josh Smith in the same Sacramento..." June 25
One source insists nothing imminent, but I'm told Pistons and Kings have discussed a trade that would send Josh Smith to Sacramento
No word deal is imminent (yet) but Sacramento's well-known fondness for Rajon Rondo would help explain Kings' interest in his buddy JSmoove
Immediate focus for Kings, though, is dealing No. 8 pick, which looks increasingly inevitable between now and Thursday's draft proceedings
D'Alessandro said he planned to speak with Isaiah Thomas' agent today and there's "no question" the team will make qualifying offer.
Sporting News "Even before the chase of Carmelo Anthony begins, the Bulls are actively seeking ways to bolster their offense and could move into the upper part of the draft in search of more shooting. Chicago has had multiple talks with Orlando, both about the No. 12 pick and shooting guard Arron Afflalo, and..." June 23
Yahoo! Sports "Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will exercise his $19.3 million contract option for the 2014-15 season, but has tabled extension talks until later this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The re-signing of Gay is a top priority for the Kings. Team management and Gay's agent, Alex..." June 23
Kings plan to match any reasonable offer for Thomas, which I've heard would be in the $6 million/year range.
Sacramento Bee "If you want to see NBA executives scrambling for their Sharpies and hastily revising their internal mock drafts? More sleep-deprived than usual? With the annual selection party less than a week away? Mention Joel Embiid. The Kansas center, who was projected as the No.1 overall pick before..." June 22
Pro Basketball Talk "If I don’t get to see an Isaiah Thomas Pizza Guy ads next season on League Pass I’m going to be bummed. They are some of my favorite of the local ads. But I may not because Thomas may well not be in Sacramento. The Kings have long been torn on Thomas, even if the fans have not. Thomas is..." June 21