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  • Pascal Siakam, D'Angelo Russell, De'Aaron Fox named finalists for NBA Most Improved Player award

    TSN "Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam has been named one of the three finalists for this season's Most Improved Player award, the NBA announced Friday night.  Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox and Brooklyn Nets points guard D'Angelo..." May 17

  • Should Kings trade for Josh Jackson two years after 2017 NBA Draft?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Josh Jackson went one spot higher than Kings rising star point guard De'Aaron Fox in the 2017 NBA Draft. Two years later, could Sacramento try to make a trade with the Suns to acquire the small forward?  “I think the Knicks would have interest in him. I think Sacramento..." May 16

  • NBA Likely To Move Up Start Of July Moratorium

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00..." May 15

  • NBA rumors: Where will Sixers’ Jimmy Butler sign as a free agent?

    Newark Star-Ledger "There are plenty of questions surrounding the Sixers heading into the offseason. One of the biggest revolves around Jimmy Butler, the star wing they acquired in December from the Minnesota Timberwolves. When the Sixers made the trade, they knew full well that there was a..." May 14

  • One Trade Every Lottery Team Must Consider If It Wins No. 1 Pick

    Bleacher Report "Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery on May 14 will focus its attention on Zion Williamson. That organization can also expect phone calls from franchises across the league looking to pry away the No. 1 pick. Regardless of how highly the lottery winner thinks of..." May 08

  • Blockbuster NBA Trades That Should Happen This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The approaching 2019 NBA offseason means attention will soon pivot from reality to fantasy. When the games end, roster reconstruction begins. That means the draft, free agency and, most of all, fanciful trade speculation. Every team has a shot to do something spectacular..." May 07

  • Four potential Nikola Vucevic landing spots in free agency

    Hoops Hype "One of the most productive big men of 2018-19 is set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, and, without a doubt, he’ll have a bevy of suitors. Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic had a terrific regular season, averaging 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8..." May 06

  • NBA Rumors: Kings Could Trade For Karl-Anthony Towns

    Fadeaway World "Is Karl-Anthony Towns nearing the end of his run in Minnesota? As the 23-year-old center enters his fourth off-season with the Timberwolves, there is a growing sense that it might be his last. The team’s roster has proved ineffective, and the young star must be eager to get out..." May 05

  • NBA Free Agents Who Can't Afford to Stay Put This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Before every 2019 NBA free agent ventures into the open market, they'll inevitably be advised of how the grass isn't always greener on the other side. But as that adage concedes, sometimes the grass is greener—maybe dramatically so. A change of..." April 30

  • Luke Walton’s Sexual Assault Accuser Sends Message To Fans Cheering Her On To Sue Kings Coach

    Total Pro Sports "Last week, the NBA world was damn near brought to its knees when TMZ dropped a damning report of Luke Walton being sued for sexual assault by a sports reporter. Former L.A. sports reporter Kelli Tennant claims Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted her at his hotel..." April 28

  • De’Aaron Fox says ‘sky is the limit’ for Kings next season

    Clutch Points "The Sacramento Kings may have failed to make the playoffs anew, but they have made major strides this season that convince a lot of their fans that they will become one of the league’s elite teams next season. Their young core consists of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Bogdan..." April 27

  • Doug Christie tells De’Aaron Fox to become the ‘leader that takes over’

    Clutch Points "Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox had quite a season. There was no sophomore slump for the 21-year-old whatsoever, as he firmly established himself as one of the Kings’ most important players. Fox got a bit of advise from former Kings wing Doug Christie — a..." April 27

  • Kings’ Harrison Barnes to travel to India to get a sneak peek of local culture before October preseason games

    Sacramento Bee "Sacramento Kings small forward Harrison Barnes will travel to India to get a sneak peek of the local culture before the October preseason games. The Kings are preparing to help represent the first North American sports league to play in India. One of their most recent players is..." April 26

  • Kings and NBA launch investigation of assault allegations against coach Luke Walton

    Sacramento Bee "The Sacramento Kings and the NBA announced Thursday they have started a joint investigation into allegations that new head coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a former sports reporter in a Santa Monica hotel room five years ago. “The Kings and the NBA take these allegations..." April 25

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Giannis Top April 2019 NBA Jersey Sales

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James hasn't played any games in April, but that didn't stop him from having the top-selling jersey in the NBA during the month. Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out..." April 25

  • Ratings For NBA Playoffs Down In 30 Out Of 33 Windows Compared To 2018

    Real GM Basketball "Television ratings for the 2019 NBA Playoffs have been down significantly during the first window.  Going into Wednesday's doubleheader of Game 5s, ratings and/or viewership have declined for 30 of the 33 playoff windows compared to last season. Twenty-six games have declined..." April 25

  • Walton's attorney says sexual assault claims are false

    The Score "New Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton's attorney, Mark Baute, responded to allegations of sexual assault made by former Spectrum SportsNet reporter Kelli Tennant. "These claims are false and Luke's innocence will be proven in court," Baute said in the statement..." April 24

  • Kings reportedly meet with Jeff Hornacek about lead assistant coaching job

    Pro Basketball Talk "Among the questions and frustrations with the Lakers this past season — and there were many, most of them much more significant than this — were questions about the construction of the coaching staff under Luke Walton. Brian Shaw was the lead assistant, a former NBA head coach with..." April 24

  • Former sports journalist Kelli Tennant says Luke Walton ‘laughed’ at her during alleged sexual assault

    New York Daily News "The former sports journalist who has accused NBA coach Luke Walton of sexual assault says he "laughed" at her when she asked him to get off of her during the alleged attack. “I thought he was going to rape me,” Kelli Tennant said during a press conference on..." April 24

  • Woman: Delay in Walton allegations due to fear

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The woman accusing Luke Walton of a 2014 sexual assault said Tuesday that she was terrified the NBA coach was going to rape her and that it took her so long to publicize the..." April 24

  • Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Buddy Buckets. Buddy Fresh. Buddy Love. Just plain Buddy. Buddy Hield has a clever name that goes with anything, and it matches his giant smile and flare for the dramatic. But not everyone knows that Buddy isn’t the Kings' sharpshooter's real first name...." April 23

  • Report: Lakers offered to retain Luke Walton as coach after Magic Johnson resigned

    Pro Basketball Talk "Johnson clearly intended to fire Lakers coach Luke Walton. Then, Johnson stunningly resigned as Lakers president. Still, the Lakers and Walton “mutually agreed to part ways,” as team described it. Most people figure Walton got fired, but had his..." April 23

  • Police haven’t investigated, aren’t investigating Luke Walton for sexual assault

    Los Angeles Times "Santa Monica police said Tuesday that officials never received a report accusing former Lakers coach Luke Walton of sexual assault, and they are not currently investigating allegations made by a sports reporter. In a civil lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior..." April 23

  • Vlade Divac had no knowledge of Luke Walton allegation before report surfaced

    Clutch Points "Newly-appointed Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton is in hot waters right now following reports surfacing pertaining to the recent sexual assault and battery charges he is currently facing. In a succeeding report published by The Athletic’s Sam Amick, it..." April 23

  • Allegations against Luke Walton happened when he was with Warriors; had no bearing on job status with Lakers

    Clutch Points "When TMZ first reported that new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton was being accused of sexual assault by a former Spectrum Sportsnet reporter, it was said that the incident happened around May of 2017. Back then, Walton was already entering his second year as coach of the Los..." April 23

  • Sacramento Kings HC Luke Walton Being Sued For Sexual Assault

    Total Pro Sports "Not exactly the start Luke Walton wanted for the beginning of his career in Sacramento. According to TMZ Sports, the former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers is being sued for sexually assaulting a woman, who claims he forced himself on her in his hotel..." April 22

  • Should the Kings make Willie Cauley-Stein a restricted free agent?

    Sactown Royalty "Willie Cauley-Stein has flummoxed the Sacramento Kings for much of his young career. The experience of watching him for the last four years has been characterized by a wild oscillation between excitement and frustration. His inconsistency has put Sacramento’s front office..." April 22

  • Kings’ De’Aaron Fox takes swipe at people questioning his Most Improved Player candidacy

    NBC Bay Area "De'Aaron Fox doesn't have time for your snippy comments. On Thursday, the Kings posted an image on Instagram stating Fox's case to win the Most Improved Player award. Among the hundreds of comments were fans stating Fox was supposed to improve from Year 1 to Year..." April 20

  • We shouldn’t judge NBA players if they struggle when they’re hurt

    SB Nation "The NBA playoffs define the legacies of great players, yet they’re also when those players often aren’t at their best because of injuries. Many times, we don’t find out about these injuries until months or years after the fact. At that point, those..." April 18

  • Luke Walton disagrees with idea that any random joe can coach Warriors to wins

    Pro Basketball Talk "Luke Walton is now the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. It only took a couple days after he was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers for Sacramento to swoop him up. That’s due to Walton’s record as a developmental coach with the Lakers before the arrival of LeBron..." April 17

  • Luke Walton brings passion, 'same soul' as new coach of Vlade Divac's Kings

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The changing of the guard came quickly. Less than 48 hours after letting coach Dave Joerger go, the Sacramento Kings already have Luke Walton signed, sealed and delivered. Walton, of course, had parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers just 24 hours before agreeing to..." April 16

  • Trades to Rescue NBA Superstars Who Missed the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Winning is among the main criteria for NBA stardom. If you aren't leading your team to success, typically in the form of playoff trips, you're going to face questions about whether you're really all that good. That way of thinking is reductive, though...." April 16

  • Buddy Hield Boasted a Remarkable Shooting Season

    Sactown Royalty "From being traded by the New Orleans Pelicans as a rookie, to being a sixth man the next season, to leading the Kings in points per game as a starter in his third year, Buddy Hield has developed and risen every year in the NBA. The Bahamian native has..." April 15

  • Report: Dave Joerger wanted Luka Doncic over Marvin Bagley III, had disconnect with several Kings

    Pro Basketball Talk "Dave Joerger – whom the Kings fired last week – sounded like he wanted Sacramento to draft Luka Doncic over Marvin Bagley III with last year’s No. 2 pick. Maybe because Joerger actually did. Jason Jones of The..." April 15

  • Stephen A. Smith Questions If NBA Needs Rooney Rule After Kings Hire Luke Walton

    Bleacher Report "ESPN's Stephen A. Smith called for an NBA version of the Rooney Rule after the Sacramento Kings hired Luke Walton as their coach without conducting any other interviews.  "I'm definitely happy for Luke Walton. I think he deserves to be a head..." April 15

  • Luke Walton To Be Kings’ Next Coach

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings will hire Luke Walton as their next head coach, possibly as soon as this weekend, tweets Sean Cunningham of ABC10 in Sacramento. Sources tell Cunningham that the search is moving quickly because of GM Vlade Divac’s fondness for Walton, whom he wanted to hire in..." April 13

  • Kings, Vlade Divac request an interview with Luke Walton, per report

    CBS Sports "Luke Walton might not be out of a head coaching job in the NBA for very long.  According to The Athletic's Sam Amick, the Sacramento Kings and General Manager Vlade Divac have requested an interview with Walton, who officially parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers on..." April 13

  • Monty Williams Reportedly Has a Real Shot to be Lakers Coach

    The Big Lead "Luke Walton is out, and while Ty Lue may be the frontrunner, Sixers assistant Monty Williams is expected to be a strong candidate for the job, as Sam Amick reports: Monty Williams is held..." April 12

  • Adam Silver: NBA to Debate Shorter Games, In-Season Tournaments, Load Management

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has seen a few sizable changes in commissioner Adam Silver's era, including a revamp of the All-Star game and draft lottery formats.  However, Silver told reporters that the Association is exploring more seismic changes, including reducing games from 48..." April 12

  • Dave Joerger's agent says former Kings head coach surprised by firing

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Kings won their most games since the 2005-06 season, finishing this year with a 39-43 regular-season record. Even that couldn't save coach Dave Joerger. On Thursday, general manager Vlade Divac fired Joerger after three years on the job. For Joerger, the news came as..." April 12

  • Report: Dave Joerger wanted to trade Buddy Hield

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings decided to move on from Dave Joerger on Thursday, and a big reason for that may have been that the head coach did not see eye-to-eye with the front office on how the team’s roster has been built. Kings general manager Vlade Divac spoke highly of the..." April 12

  • Police Not Recommending Sex Abuse Charges For Ex-NBA Player Mike Bibby

    SI "Authorities in Phoenix say that former NBA guard Mike Bibby will likely not face criminal charges after being accused of sexual abuse. Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis told the Arizona Republic that the police department won't recommend criminal charges against..." April 12

  • Report: Kings’ Vlade Divac prefers small group of close confidants in front office

    Clutch Points "After the surprising news that Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac fired head coach Dave Joerger dropped, more information on Divac and his thinking have come to light: Divac has long preferred a..." April 11

  • Report: Luke Walton, Monty Williams the early favorites for Kings job

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings are moving on from Dave Joerger, and it sounds like they are hoping the Los Angeles Lakers decide to do the same with their head coach. According to multiple reports, Kings general manager Vlade Divac will meet with Joerger on Friday to inform him the team is..." April 11

  • Kings Expected To Fire Dave Joerger

    Hoops Rumors "Kings general manager Vlade Divac is having a face-to-face meeting with head coach Dave Joerger today and intends to fire Joerger during that sitdown, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). It’s a somewhat surprising move,..." April 11

  • Kings would reportedly have interest in Luke Walton as head coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings are reportedly considering the possibility of making a coaching change, and they may be waiting to see what happens with the Los Angeles Lakers before they make a final decision. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Kings would have interest in Luke..." April 11

  • Kings General Manager Vlade Divac Is Reportedly ‘Seriously Weighing’ Firing Dave Joerger

    Dime Magazine "The Sacramento Kings didn’t make the playoffs this season, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who thought they didn’t wildly exceed expectations. The young, high-flying Kings went 39-43 on the year, ending up as the nine-seed in the Western Conference and showing more..." April 11

  • Report: Kings President Vlade Divac Agrees to Four Year Extension, Dave Joerger's Future Unclear

    SI "Kings president of basketball operations Vlade Divac agreed to a four-year contract extension with Sacramento on Thursday, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.  Divac has been with Sacramento since March 2015. The Kings won 32 and 27 games in Divac's first two..." April 11

  • Kings, Vlade Divac Expected To Discuss Extension

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings are expected to open contract extension discussions with general manager Vlade Divac following the club’s regular season finale, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). Divac’s current deal runs through the 2019/20..." April 10

  • NBA rumors: Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball over De'Aaron Fox was tension point

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Put plain and simple, the Los Angeles Lakers are an utter disaster. After drastically underperforming in Year 1 of the LeBron James era, the Lakers are looking toward an uncertain summer where they hope to be able to woo either Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi..." April 10