Player News - Kings

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Rajon Rondo said the 2015-16 Kings had "too many distractions on and off the court."

Talk about stating the obvious, are we right? Rondo didn't stop there, either. "The organization as a whole, I don't think was together completely. I think as a team you have to want the best for the next man beside you, and that wasn't the case with the Sacramento Kings," he said. Specifically of the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl, Rondo said that there was "too much tension. I've never witnessed or experienced a thing like that in my 10-year career." Despite all of this, Rondo remains open to re-signing with the Kings in free agency. Reading between the lines, it seems like the interest between the two sides of a reunion is tepid at best.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 9:47 AM

Kings GM Vlade Divac said that he's open to the idea of re-signing Rajon Rondo this summer.

The Kings may not have a choice with Darren Collison in legal trouble. They didn't add a guard in the first round of the draft and there aren't many good options at point guard in free agency apart from Mike Conley. Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Rondo has interest in re-signing with the Kings or playing for the Brooklyn Nets, so this could turn into a bidding war.
Jun 26 - 12:39 PM

James Anderson has reached a long-term agreement to play with Darussafaka.

He'll be coached by David Blatt after going through a wild season with the Kings. Anderson opted out of a minimum deal with the Kings and he's likely going to get paid a little more. Plus, he'll get more playing time.
Jun 25 - 4:33 PM

General manager Vlade Divac said Bogdan Bogdanovic is "definitely" the number one player in Europe right now.

It's not the boldest statement in Vlade's GM tenure with Bogdanovic among the top scorers for draft-and-stash players. In 28 games with Fenerbahce last season, he averaged 11.7 points, 3.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 turnovers on a mediocre 54.4 true shooting percentage. He's still only 23 and will be stashed for another year, assuming the Kings don't have better success negotiating than the Suns. Once he's on the Kings, he is a good bet to make a push for the starting SG job.
Jun 24 - 8:10 PM

General manager Vlade Divac said Georgios Papagiannis could be the next Marc Gasol.

"He’s a tall kid that’s very mobile running up and down the floor, playing very good defense, [he] did very well shooting from outside," Divac said. Papagiannis does have a Gasol-like body at 7'2", but Gasol is one of the more skilled bigs in the NBA. Perhaps Papagiannis gets a chance for minutes because he is not expected to be stashed, but he is really going to have to turn some heads this summer.
Jun 24 - 7:59 PM

Georgios Papagiannis will not be stashed overseas next season according to Kings GM Vlade Divac.

"Georgios Papagiannis is coming this year", said Divac. "I would be crazy if I thought it differently. I watched him work out and our scouts followed him very much. We think that he can definitely be something similar to what Willy [Cauley-Stein] was last year. He has everything in his game. He is just young, he has a lot to learn of course. But he has a lot of talent in him. I am very happy. I think that he is someone that down the road, can probably be an All-Star player." The comparison to WCS doesn't really make sense, but it's clear that Divac has high hopes for the 13th pick. Papagiannis probably won't see too many minutes right out of the gate.
Jun 24 - 12:47 PM

According to The Vertical, the Pacers were in serious discussions with the Kings for Rudy Gay before they traded for Thaddeus Young.

The Kings' asking price was apparently too high, but The Vertical is reporting that they are still looking to move Gay. The forward has two years left on his deal, but he has a player option for the 2017-18 season. We'll let you know if he's linked to any other teams.
Jun 24 - 11:08 AM

With the penultimate pick in the 2016 draft, the Kings selected Oklahoma G Isaiah Cousins.

Cousins has enough size and athleticism to defend either guard position, but he's struggled when asked to create for teammates offensively. He did improve his shooting through four years with Oklahoma, hitting more than 40 percent of his 3-pointers in his final three seasons, and the Kings' uncertain backcourt at least opens the door for Cousins to earn minutes as a rookie.
Jun 24 - 12:17 AM

Rajon Rondo has interest in re-signing with the Kings or playing for the Brooklyn Nets, a source told ESPN's Marc Stein.

Per Spears, Rondo also had some interest in joining the New York Knicks, but the Derrick Rose acquisition kills that potential suitor. Regardless of where Rondo signs his next contract, he's likely going to have to take another "prove it" kind of deal like the one-year contract he signed prior to the 2015-16 season with Sacramento.
Jun 23 - 11:09 PM

Skal Labissiere was the 28th pick in the NBA Draft and will head to the Kings.

He really slid and the Kings pounced on him thanks to their Marquese Chriss deal with the Suns. This seven-footer from Haiti came to America in 2010 and didn’t play much basketball in his native country. He is a bit of a wild card, playing just 15.8 minutes per game at Kentucky. However, he posted 1.6 blocks per game in that allotment while turning in fairly respectable percentages of 51.6 percent from the field and 66.1 percent from the line. He’ll need to work on his offense, put on some muscle, keep his fouls down and improve his rebounding. He is very unlikely to get minutes in his rookie year.
Jun 23 - 10:46 PM

Malachi Richardson was drafted with the 22nd pick and will be a member of the Sacramento Kings.

This pick is from the Marco Bellinelli deal, and perhaps no college player moved up in the draft more than this Syracuse freshman. Thanks to the Orangemen making a run to the Final Four and Richardson scoring 20-plus points in two games, he opted to come out after his freshman season. The 6’6" small forward has a seven-foot wingspan, but he wasn’t very effective as a scorer with a 36.9 field goal percentage. He did make 2.1 treys per game and 72.0 percent from the line, so his efficiency isn’t too bad. It might be a few years before he makes an impact on the stat sheet. It's also worth mentioning he tore his ACL in high school.
Jun 23 - 10:05 PM

Georgios Papagiannis was selected with the 13th pick on Thursday and will be headed to Sacramento.

The Kings picked this pick up from their deal with the Suns. Papagiannis probably shouldn’t be younger than Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, the 18-year-old center from Greece impressed some scouts in workouts to boost his draft value. He’s 7’2" and already has size at 240 pounds. Papagiannis has big upside, but it might take a couple years for him to get regular playing time. He likely won't have many minutes headed his way in the next couple seasons.
Jun 23 - 9:04 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic has been traded along with draft picks to the Kings in a deal for the No. 8 pick.

The Suns send Bogdanovic, picks Nos. 13 and 28 in this year's draft and a 2020 second-round pick in exchange for the No. 8 pick, which they used to select Marquese Chriss. Bogdanovic recently decided to stay in Europe for the 2016-17 season, so the Kings will have to wait at least one year to see him in Sacramento.
Jun 23 - 8:28 PM

The Kings have offers with multiple future first-round picks at No. 8, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Additionally, Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports the Kings are trying to move up to get a top-six pick. This isn't the deepest draft, so the Kings could find someone to overpay for this pick. They do need a wing and some depth at guard, so they might wait to see if their guy falls to eight.
Jun 23 - 6:37 PM

Suns prospect Bogdan Bogdanovic will remain in Europe for the 2016-17 season.

The Suns began contract negotiations in mid-June, but ultimately they couldn't bring their 2014 first-round pick the NBA this season. Bogdanovic, a 23-year-old shooting guard, won the championship with Fenerbahce Ulker last year with averages of 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.6 minutes per game. Hopefully we'll see him state-side next summer.
Jun 22 - 8:43 PM


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