Kings Rumors & News

  • Mavs expected to push hard for DeMarcus Cousins in summer 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "The Dallas Mavericks have struck out time and time again with elite centers on the free agent market, but you have to admire their perseverance. According to a report by Tim MacMahon of ESPN on Saturday, the Mavericks are expected to go hard after Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins when..." October 23

  • Rudy Gay Told George Karl 'Welcome to Basketball Hell' When Coach Joined Kings

    Bleacher Report "The Sacramento Kings have been a sinking ship for years, finishing under .500 in each of the last 10 seasons, something that Rudy Gay seemed to warn former head coach George Karl about in February 2015. Per ESPN's Marc Stein, Karl states in his upcoming book, titled Furious George, that upon..." October 22

  • Kings Buy Controlling Interest In D-League Affiliate

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings have been affiliated with the Reno Bighorns since the D-League squad’s inaugural season in 2008/09, and the two teams have had a single-affiliate relationship since the 2013/14 campaign. However, 2016/17 will be the first season in which the Kings own a controlling interest in the..." October 20

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • Report: Kings and Thunder were ‘seriously engaged’ on Rudy Gay-Cameron Payne trade until Payne got hurt

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Kings are still looking for answers at point guard. Darren Collison? Not for the season’s first eight games, at least. Ty Lawson? Um… Seth Curry? Too late. Ricky Rubio? Not right now. Goran Dragic? I mean, maybe, I guess. Cameron Payne? If it weren’t for Payne’s foot..." October 20

  • Gloria Govan’s IG Attacked After Barnes Says She Won’t Allow Him to See His Kids

    Black Sports Online "If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that Matt Barnes loves the kids. His kids, other people’s kids, at risk kids, kids in general. Yesterday he generously opened up his heart and wallet to Ta’Kari Christie, the daughter of Basketball Wives: LA star Jackie Christie who says her mother..." October 20

  • Rudy Gay: 'No choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings'

    ESPN "Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay knows about trade speculation, but he's more focused on what's in front of him rather than what might be around the corner. Gay, who averaged 17.2 points last season, said last month that he was planning to decline his 2017-18 player option, so he can be a free..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Ben McLemore unlikely to sign rookie extension with Kings by Oct. 31 deadline

    ESPN "The Sacramento Kings are unlikely to reach a rookie-scale extension with guard Ben McLemore by the Oct. 31 deadline, league sources informed ESPN. This result would allow for the fourth-year guard to enter restricted free agency following the 2016-17 campaign. McLemore, 23, hasn't been in..." October 19

  • DeMarcus Cousins Calls the Media Out for How They Treat Kevin Durant

    Complex "Kevin Durant is, by almost all accounts, a really nice guy. So nice that, once upon a time, Nike put together an entire campaign to try and convince people that KD was not nice. At least on the basketball court. But ever since KD decided to sign with the Warriors this summer, things have..." October 19

  • Gay not fazed by latest trade talk: 'Rumors are going to happen'

    CSN Bay Area "The rumor mill is churning and it’s once again landed on Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay. Gay politely told the team that he wouldn’t mind finding a new place to play following last season. He reiterated his desire to leave right before training camp started, yet still he wears Kings purple and..." October 19

  • Kings, Heat Discuss Trade Involving Gay, Collison, Dragic

    Basketball Insiders "The Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat have discussed a trade of Rudy Gay and Darren Collison for Goran Dragic, league sources told Basketball Insiders. “Sacramento has to trade Gay,” an Eastern Conference executive told Basketball Insiders. “He’s already informed them he doesn’t like it there...." October 18

  • Kings meet with Ty Lawson after missed flight, clear him to rejoin team

    ESPN "After a morning meeting with management following a missed team flight last week, Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson was cleared to rejoin the team and practice ‎Monday. General manager Vlade Divac told reporters in Sacramento that the team is satisfied with Lawson's explanation that a "personal..." October 18

  • Ty Lawson Raged at Vegas Nightclub ... Before Missing Team Flight

    TMZ "Ty's agent, Happy Walters, tells us Ty asked for and received permission from the team to miss the flight. update_grey_gray_barSacramento Kings star Ty Lawson was partying his face off with teammates at a Vegas club Thursday night before missing a team flight on Friday morning ... TMZ Sports..." October 18

  • Kings owner Vivek Ranadive apologizes for comments on former GM

    Sacramento Bee "You want a glimpse at how snarky relationships and exchanges can become between two men with accomplished résumés and massive egos who only briefly shared a common space? Read the recent USA Today interview with Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive and then check out the angry rebuttal in..." October 17

  • Lawson to meet with Kings officials to explain missed trip

    Sportando "Ty Lawson will meet with Kings official after he has missed the team flight to Kentucky. The point guard was also late to a Kings shoot around in Las Vegas this week. Per ESPN, Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson will have to meet with team officials to explain himself after missing the Kings'..." October 16

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Geoff Petrie Lambastes Vivek Ranadivé's "Sophomoric Attempt At Revisionist History"

    Deadspin "Over the weekend, USA Today published a two-part interview with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé, a look back on his three-and-a-half years in charge of the struggling team. I thought it was interesting—and weak—how much Ranadivé deflected the blame for just about every poor decision the team..." October 12

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • Kings owner admits George Karl tried to trade Cousins

    Larry Brown Sports "Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has confirmed what we already knew: George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins really, really didn’t get along. Ranadive told USA Today’s Sam Amick in an interview that Karl, coach of the Kings at the time, spent the summer of 2015 trying to ship Cousins out the door." October 11

  • Kings' Ranadive says Malone, former GM 'hated each other's guts'

    USA Today "Vivek Ranadive, resident owner of the Sacramento Kings and NBA lightning rod of the highest order, was surrounded by pleasantries and pageantry. Their Golden 1 Center was finally open, a $556 million downtown Sacramento gem that he promised would be built three years ago when the team was..." October 11

  • No trade? Vlade Divac sounds happy with both Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay

    Hoops Hype "Even though their names are constantly mentioned in the trade rumor mill, it doesn’t sound like Kings GM Vlade Divac has any intention of moving Ben McLemore or Rudy Gay for now. “You’re going to receive a lot of calls, you’re going to make a lot of calls,” Divac said in an interview on..." October 10

  • Kings sign jersey ad sponsor Blue Diamond

    Sportsnaut "The Sacramento Kings have become one of the first NBA franchises to sign an ad sponsor. The team agreed to partner with Blue Diamond, the world’s leading almond brand, per the Kings website. Here’s a look at what the ad will look like on Kings uniforms, starting next season. The move to sign..." October 10

  • Kings coach Joerger trying to change team’s culture

    Sacramento Bee "These Kings are trying to be different. They have been known as passive and soft for many years. Those labels stick when you’re one of the worst defensive teams, routinely giving up season and career highs to opposing players. Through two preseason games, the Kings are trying to be the..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Bucks reportedly denied in effort to trade for Kings’ Ben McLemore

    Today's Fastbreak "The Milwaukee Bucks traded for Michael Beasley in the immediate wake of the Khris Middleton hamstring injury, but the team isn’t done looking for help on the wing to try to make up for Middleton’s six-month absence. ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported Thursday that the Bucks have called the Sacramento Kings..." October 07

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • Report: Bucks showing interest in trading for Ben McLemore

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks need to (a) find a dumping ground for Greg Monroe and (b) add extra help on the wing. As it turns out, they might be able to accomplish both in one fell swoop. ESPN’s Zach Lowe is reporting on Thursday that the Bucks have called the Sacramento Kings about former No. 2..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • DeMarcus Cousins can't control himself while praising new Kings guard Ty Lawson

    CBS Sports "Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has never been one to hold his tongue when it comes to talking about (or to) somebody. It's led to technical fouls with referees, and it's gotten him into some hot water with players, announcers and coaches. However, it's not always a bad thing. It can be..." October 04

  • DeMarcus Cousins excited about options in high post

    Sacramento Bee "DeMarcus Cousins can sum up his feelings about the Kings’ offense in nine words: “I love it. I love it. I love it.” New coach Dave Joerger plans to use Cousins in the high post more, allowing the two-time All-Star center to be more of a facilitator while continuing to be a scoring..." October 04

  • Kings' Collison Accepts Suspension, Focused on Moving Forward

    CSN Bay Area "Veteran point guard Darren Collison took center stage Monday afternoon at the Kings practice facility. After receiving an eight-game suspension from the NBA for a domestic violence conviction during the offseason, Collison stood in to answer questions from the media as he tries to move..." October 04

  • Darren Collison suspended for 8 games after pleading guilty to domestic battery

    USA Today "Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison has been suspended eight games without pay for pleading guilty to domestic battery charges last month, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not..." October 03

  • Kings’ Lawson eager to put poor season, legal trouble behind him

    Sacramento Bee "Ty Lawson understands the game. As Kings coach Dave Joerger succinctly put it, “He is staring his career right in the eyeball.” Four arrests for driving under the influence – two in seven months in 2015 – threatened the career of one the league’s quickest, most unusual point guards. At his..." October 02

  • Matt Barnes says he’s been warned for chewing gum, using bathroom during national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has long taken a hard stance on the national anthem. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was infamously suspended for sitting during the national anthem 1996. The league has a specific rule – which it doesn’t plan to change – that states, “Players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a..." October 01

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Kings still waiting for NBA’s decision on Darren Collison

    Sacramento Bee "Collison pleaded guilty this month to one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery after a May incident at his Granite Bay home involving his wife. He received three years of informal probation and a 20-day sentence in the Placer County jail. The probation department can allow him to serve his jail..." September 29

  • Sacramento Kings Add Trans-Inclusive Restrooms

    The Advocate "The Sacramento Kings already have a win — and their stadium hasn't even opened yet. The Golden 1 Center, the new home of the National Basketball Association team, will feature all-gender restrooms. It may be the first major sports stadium to boast trans-inclusive facilities, according to the..." September 28

  • Matt Barnes, the NBA's Last Tough Guy, Is Still Ready for a Fight

    Bleacher Report "There are beautiful places in this world. Where warm, sparkling water clear as life slides on pristine beaches without making a sound under palm trees that grow sideways. Where ebullient smiles of little black children, dressed in school uniforms with white beads in their braided hair, a..." September 27

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Rudy Gay feels healthy in possibly his last season with Kings

    Sacramento Bee "The Kings can expect many questions about Rudy Gay this season. Gay will opt out of his contract after this season and become an unrestricted free agent, fueling speculation the Kings will trade the forward to avoid losing him with no compensation. “I made the decision to opt out,” Gay said..." September 27

  • Kings’ Ben McLemore confident entering his fourth season

    Sacramento Bee "Ben McLemore has many reasons to be motivated this season, but one is a few months away from appearing at a Kings game. Fatherhood awaits McLemore, who plans to announce the gender of his child, due in March, via social media Sunday. Then the 23-year-old shooting guard will begin his fourth..." September 25

  • Kings have questionable point guard depth as training camp nears

    Sacramento Bee "When the Kings begin training camp practices Tuesday, one thing will not have changed from the offseason – Darren Collison is the only point guard with a fully guaranteed contract. How the position shapes up is the most intriguing situation for the Kings, whose roster figures to change as the..." September 23

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers giving away Nick Young and Lou Williams for Rudy Gay

    Sportsrageous "Rudy Gay expressed his intention to move out of the Sacramento Kings next summer if he will not be traded before the deadline. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers could offer Nick Young and Lou Williams to acquire Gay from the Kings. Rudy Gay has been involved in various..." September 23

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

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