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Articles tagged: Sacramento Kings

Lakers lose key player to division rival

Rob Pelinka at a press conference

Sep 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka answers a question during the Lakers media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, CA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Free agency is starting off on the wrong foot for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Thursday that Lakers guard Malik Monk is signing a two-year, $19 million free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings. Monk will be reunited with former backcourt partner De’Aaron Fox, whom he played with at the University of Kentucky.

Monk, 24, was one of the precious few bright spots for the 33-49 Lakers last season. Playing on a minimum deal, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as a very steady scorer and creator for the Lakers.

Now Monk will be leaving for a contract that is far more reflective of his true value. His recent comments about supposedly wanting to take a discount to stay with the Lakers ended up aging pretty poorly however.

76ers could have 1 taker for Tobias Harris’ contract?

Tobias Harris wearing a headband

Feb 27, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris stands for the anthem before a game against the New York Knicks at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers’ prayers may be getting answered.

Matt Moore of The Action Network reports Wednesday that the Sacramento Kings are a potential landing spot for 76ers forward Tobias Harris if Philly re-engages in trade talks for him. The 76ers are widely known to be shopping Harris and the $77 million he has left on his contract.

Harris, still only 29 years old, remains a gifted scorer and rebounder who also averaged a career best in assists last season. But with the presence of MVP candidate Joel Embiid, the arrival of ex-MVP James Harden, and the rise of young phenom Tyrese Maxey, Harris has pretty clearly become the Ringo of the 76ers. His scoring averages fell to 16.9 points per game in the playoffs, and that was even despite Embiid missing some time due to injury.

The Kings do have a lot of cap space that they can absorb Harris into, cap space they probably don’t have to worry about saving for someone else since Sacramento is not a free-agent destination. The team can also offer Harris a higher spot up the totem pole next to De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. But on top of Harris, the Kings may also be eyeing another cast-off of sorts.

Kings could sign key player away from top contender?

Vivek Ranadive smiling

October 29, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive celebrates during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 95-77. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings have had literally one All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) in the last 18 years combined. But they could have a shot this offseason at a player with multiple career All-Star appearances already under his belt.

Kings insider James Ham wrote this week that there are rumors that Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo is looking for a short-term contract this summer. Ham adds that Sacramento has been mentioned a possible landing spot for Oladipo, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Oladipo, 30, has a lengthy injury history and did not debut for Miami last season until the final month of regular season play. But he got good run for the No. 1-seeded Heat in the playoffs, managing postseason averages of 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 24.5 minutes a game during Miami’s Eastern Conference Finals run.

While Sacramento is about as much of a free agent destination as Bismarck, North Dakota (a city that, to clarify, does not have an NBA team), Oladipo has some (indirect) familiarity here. He played with Kings star Domantas Sabonis in both Indiana and Oklahoma City and was also teammates at various points with other Sacramento players such as Moe Harkless and Justin Holiday.

If the Kings were to sign Oladipo, it would be a not-insignificant blow to the Heat. The former No. 2 overall pick provides Miami with nice scoring punch off the bench, which could be extra valuable next season since the current Heat sixth man appears to want something more.

Kings GM makes surprising admission about Keegan Murray pick

Keegan Murray at the NBA Combine

May 19, 2022; Chicago, IL, USA; Keegan Murray talks to the media during the 2022 NBA Draft Combine at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Some are convinced that the Sacramento Kings made a mistake by selecting Keegan Murray with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft. GM Monte McNair not only disagrees, but so does his entire front office, according to him.

McNair said the decision to pass on Jaden Ivey and select Murray instead was “unanimous” and that Murray was looked at as the “best player available” at No. 4.

“We vetted every opportunity, explored all options, and I think we ended up in a positive place tonight,” McNair said following the draft, via Marina Drab of Sactown Royalty. “I think at the end of the day, with the fourth pick, after exploring all our options, we felt extremely comfortable that the best player available was Keegan Murray, and we’re extremely excited to welcome Keegan into the Kings family.”

Murray does appear to have been the plan all along for Sacramento. That could put them at odds with experts who saw Ivey, who ultimately fell to the Pistons at No. 5, as the better player with the higher ceiling. Ivey notably did not work out for the Kings or provide the team with his medical information. That may have played a role in Murray’s “best player available” designation. The Kings had better hope they’re right given their history of draft errors.

Kings have pick in mind for No. 4 selection?

Vivek Ranadive smiling

October 29, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive celebrates during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 95-77. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings have the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and appear to know whom they want to draft.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris B. Haynes published an interview on Monday that he conducted with draft prospect Keegan Murray. In the article, Haynes suggested the Kings have strong interest in Murray.

“The Sacramento Kings — owners of the No. 4 pick — are high on Murray and even arranged for the prospect to have dinner with team stars De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, league sources told Yahoo Sports,” Haynes wrote.

Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero are among the players who have been frequently mentioned as contenders to go in the top three. Murray is another player who could go in the top five.

Murray averaged 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks in 35 games for Iowa last season. The 6-foot-8 forward was an All-American and all-conference player for the Hawkeyes last season.

Sacramento meanwhile is looking to add talent in hopes of breaking their lengthy playoff absence streak, which stretches to the 2005-2006 season.

Rival team could sign away crucial Warriors player?

Steve Kerr in a blue warmup jacket

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encourages his players during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors may have to be wary of a team in their own division this offseason.

Veteran NBA writer Marc Stein reported this week in a post to Substack that the Sacramento Kings are among the teams said to be interested in signing Warriors big man Kevon Looney. Stein also mentions the Charlotte Hornets as a team with potential interest.

The 26-year-old Looney does not quite pop out in the stat sheet with modest averages of 6.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this year. But he remains one of Golden State’s most important players because of his multi-purpose defense and hard work on the glass on both ends. Looney has now played a crucial role on three of the Warriors’ title teams, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr even admitted recently that he erred by not playing Looney enough.

The Kings do figure to be a non-insignificant threat to sign Looney though. Located less than 100 miles away, the Kings won’t be too much of a lifestyle change for him, and they are also going to be coached by longtime Warriors assistant Mike Brown starting next season. While Sacramento might not be contending for a title any time this millennium, that may be less important for Looney than money and touches since he already has three rings.

Once they have come down from their championship high, the Warriors will have some major things to consider this summer, perhaps even the trade of a core player. But they might also have to ward away the vultures when it comes to the unrestricted free agent Looney.

Jaden Ivey reportedly prefers not to be drafted by 1 lottery team

Jaden Ivey at Purdue

Feb 20, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) prepares to shoot a free throw during the second half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Mackey Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Jaden Ivey is projecting as a potential top five pick in the NBA Draft, but there is one team that he reportedly might want to avoid being selected by.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony writes that Ivey would prefer not to be drafted fourth overall by the Sacramento Kings. Givony hints that the Kings may not receive Ivey’s medical information or get the chance to host him for a workout. However, this is unlikely to stop the Kings from picking the Purdue guard, as they selected Davion Mitchell under the same circumstances last season.

Ivey ultimately might not have a lot of say in how this ends up for him. The Kings pick fourth, and the likelihood is the consensus top three of Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero will be off the board. That would leave Ivey as a very tempting option for Sacramento at No. 4 as arguably the best player left available.

One saving grace from Ivey’s point of view might be a trade. Rumor has it the Kings are open to such a scenario, which would probably involve someone trading up for the Purdue guard.

Mike Brown’s Kings coaching staff revealed

Mike Brown in a suit and tie

May 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown during the third quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Brown’s coaching staff with the Sacramento Kings has been revealed.

Brown was named the head coach of the Kings on May 8. He started to build his staff and identify his assistants almost immediately. On Friday, we learned that the contracts for his assistants have been finalized.

Brown’s staff will include: Jay Triano, Doug Christie and Luke Loucks.

Triano, 63, was previously a head coach twice in his career. He coached the Raptors from 2008-2011 before being fired after a 22-60 season. He also served as the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns in the 2017-2018 season.

Christie, 52, is a former Kings star who was known for his defensive prowess. He spent this season as an assistant coach on the team, which marked his first season as an NBA coach.

Loucks, 32, played college ball at Florida State. He worked for five years in the Warriors’ organization and spent the last season with the Phoenix Suns in a strategy and evaluation role.

Brown, 52, is currently an assistant coach with the Warriors. This will be his third stint as a head coach.

Brown and his staff will be tasked with trying to get the Kings back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.

Report: Western Conference team willing to trade lottery pick

Mike Brown in a suit and tie

May 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown during the third quarter in game two of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

One Western Conference team is the subject of an intriguing rumor with the NBA Draft looming in less than a month.

The Sacramento Kings could be willing to trade the No. 4 pick in the draft under the right circumstances, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. The Kings are seeking a “win-now” player, either in the draft or via trade, and would be willing to move down or even out of the draft completely if it got them what they wanted.

The Kings certainly seem to believe they’re closer to contention than most outsiders would believe. Their decision to trade young Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis last season was an illustration of that. The team appears to think it has a quality core in De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell, and Sabonis that could be a playoff contender with the right addition.

On one hand, the Kings went just 30-52 last season, so it’s tough to believe they’re one player away from relevance. On the other, they’ve missed the playoffs for 16 seasons in a row, and their owner seems to want to enjoy that environment with his team. That may be the inspiration behind a move.

Daughter of Kings owner gets new front office role

Anjali Ranadive holds her hands out

Feb 18, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Anjali Ranadive poses for photographers before the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Wolstein Center. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The daughter of Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is getting her first taste of some front office action.

Anjali Ranadive, who is Vivek’s daughter, is being hired as the new assistant general manager for the Stockton Kings, which is the Kings’ G League team.

It seems like Anjali is being groomed for a larger role with Sacramento one day.

Anjali has a background in music and philanthropic causes but seems to be moving towards a future helping to run a team.

Vivek Ranadive bought the Kings in 2013. The Kings have not made the playoffs since 2006. They just hired a new head coach following their latest change (no coach has lasted longer than three seasons since Rick Adelman in 2006).