Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Seth Curry, who is expected to decline his $1 million player option in favor of restricted free agency, said that he does not want to play with his brother Stephen on the Warriors.

Seth cited a desire to compete against Steph rather than team up with him, which makes a lot of sense since he'll always be "Steph's brother" if he were to play on the same club. Seth added that he's not sure if he'll re-sign in Sacramento or move on elsewhere, but there's no doubt he'll target an opportunity for playing time after proving he deserves a real shot toward the end of the season.
May 2 - 1:18 PM

George Karl admitted that he never connected with DeMarcus Cousins.

Despite multiple faux attempts to make it look like it was all good, the reality is that it was pretty bad. "I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz," Karl said, "and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable. I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded." Karl went on to detail the dysfunction within the Kings, noting that he never felt like he had the power necessary to perform his job to the best of his abilities. The entire interview is worth reading, and it can be found by clicking on the link below.
May 2 - 1:03 PM

George Karl believes that Vlade Divac has a tough task ahead in constructing a proper roster around DeMarcus Cousins.

"The roster needs to be tinkered with," Karl said in a wide-ranging interview. "He is going to be in for an NBA free agency unlike anything we have ever seen. If the decision is made to keep Cuz, you have to put the right players around him. But it can’t be about Cousins. You have to make basketball decisions." Karl is right that the roster needs work, but he could never find common ground with the team's franchise player, and it doesn't make sense to execute basketball decisions without considering how they will potentially impact the star you're trying to build around.
May 2 - 12:56 PM

In an interview with Sky Sports Italy, Marco Belinelli discussed some of the problems that he saw in Sacramento this season.

"There wasn't a group from the start of the season," Belinelli said. "[George] Karl didn't want [DeMarcus] Cousins and Cousins didn't want Karl as coach. It's pretty hard to play well in a situation like that." Belinelli added that he saw some "very bad stuff" in the locker room, but it's no secret that the Kings had some chemistry issues. As for Belinelli, he still has two more years left on his deal with the Kings, but he likely won't be anything more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy next season.
Source: Sportando
May 1 - 9:45 AM

DeMarcus Cousins said that his feet bother him more every year.

This is obviously pretty concerning, but keep in mind that he will address this issue during the offseason and he's already had some shockwave treatment to relieve the tendinitis in his feet. Cousins is expected to play for Team USA this summer, so he should be in great shape prior to the 2016-17 season.
Apr 30 - 9:54 AM

The Kings have officially hired Ken Catanella as their new assistant GM.

Catanella will be leaving his post as Detroit's assistant GM to join the Sacramento franchise, and Vlade Divac reportedly made the hire due to Catanella's salary cap expertise. The next hiring for Sacramento will be the new head coach, a decision that Divac would reportedly like ot have finalized sometime next week.
Apr 28 - 5:54 PM

The Kings would reportedly like to hire their next head coach by sometime next week.

Thus far, Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson have had official interviews with Sacramento, but there are sure plenty more names to be added to that list. Kevin McHale hasn't yet officially interviewed, but the Kings are high on him and he is currently believed to be a front runner for the position. As for Sacramento's front office vacancy, David Morway is reportedly no longer being considered for the opening.
Apr 27 - 9:30 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks have interest in Darren Collison and Jeff Teague.

It's no secret that the Knicks will try to upgrade their backcourt this summer, but both Collison and Teague are under contract with their current teams through the 2016-17 season. The Knicks don't have many assets to use in trade talks, so a deal seems very unlikely. There are some free agent point guards that the Knicks could pursue this summer as well, including Mike Conley, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:19 AM

Seth Curry will decline his $1 million player option for the 2016-17 season and become a restricted free agent, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

It's a no brainer. Curry has most of the leverage here with the Kings having some issues at guard, especially with Rajon Rondo's contract being up. Curry is going into free agency with nice momentum after he had an eye-catching April, averaging 16.4 points, 3.0 boards, 5.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys with a tidy 62.5 true shooting percentage. Curry's big Summer League and D-League outings finally translated to some NBA production. He should receive interest from other teams.
Apr 22 - 5:14 PM

DeMarcus Cousins had some shockwave treatment performed on his feet on Wednesday.

Cousins was bothered by tendinitis in his feet all season, so perhaps the shockwave treatment can help alleviate that ailment. He has a full offseason to recuperate, and there's nothing indicating he won't be 100 percent next year. He'll be an easy first-round selection in points and 8-cat formats next season, but he's more of a second-round guy in 9-cat leagues.
Apr 21 - 2:30 PM

Quincy Acy will reportedly opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Acy will have no trouble finding his next NBA contract, but regardless of his next destination, Acy is not going to be a fantasy factor in most leagues.
Apr 20 - 11:19 AM

DeMarcus Cousins said that he is on the same page with Kings GM Vlade Divac.

"We know what we've got to do moving forward - we know we've got a lot of building to do," Cousins said. "We don't have to talk about it, we're on the same page." The Kings will soon be hiring their sixth coach since Cousins entered the NBA, and he said that "accountability" is the thing that he is expecting the most from the new coach. "Accountability - for the first guy on the roster to the last guy on the roster," he said. "Accountability, structure, a common goal - a goal everybody has in mind. No personal vendettas. It's about winning, period."
Source: abc10.com
Apr 18 - 10:46 AM

The Kings won the eighth spot in the lottery on Friday.

That means there is basically zero chance they lose their pick entirely. The only way they lose their pick is if the 9-14 spots in the lottery hop occupy the top three, which basically has a 0.01421 percent chance of happening. This is also good news for the 76ers because they can pick swap with the Kings due to the Nik Stauskas deal -- the 76ers can't finish worse than fourth. The Nuggets won the ninth spot, which is good news for the Raptors because they will get the lower pick of the Knicks and Nuggets. The Bucks were 10th in the drawing today.
Apr 15 - 3:32 PM

George Karl has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

This move comes as no surprise after Karl's Kings squad suffered to a subpar record that included a tenuous relationship between Karl and franchise player DeMarcus Cousins. While Scott Brooks, Kevin McHale, and Tom Thibodeau have all been mentioned as potential replacements, this is likely the last we see of George Karl as an NBA head coach.
Apr 14 - 1:44 PM

Seth Curry made 3-of-18 from the field for 10 points during a 116-81 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, five assists, five turnovers and three 3-pointers.

Not the best game after a monster 20-point, 15-dime Monday night. Curry is almost a lock to opt out of his contract and chances are some team will give him a deal. He may also go to Summer League again to try and boost his value. Curry was awesome last July, so that would help.
Apr 13 - 11:15 PM


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