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Sactown Royalty 1 hour ago
Who is Buddy Hield?

Who is Buddy Hield?

Setting expectations for the new rookie. To many Kings fans dismay, Sactown Royalty’s fourth overall ranked prospect was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth pick in last year’s draft. His scoring prowess was thought to be a perfect complement to the athletic aberration that is Anthony Davis and many expected him to be a key piece of their core moving forward. Now, 243 days later, he is a Sacramento King and the marquee piece in the semi-shocking DeMarcus Cousins trade. The question for fans and media alike remains; who is Buddy Hield? The Person Chavano Rainer Hield...
Sactown Royalty 9 hours ago
The DeMarcus Cousins Trade: I ain’t even mad

The DeMarcus Cousins Trade: I ain’t even mad

For some fans, this trade gives us a fresh start too. I am amazed by how non-plussed I am over the exodus of DeMarcus Cousins. Franchise cornerstone, all-star, one of the top fifteen players in the league, the only top 100 player that the Kings had on the roster (the injured Rudy Gay notwithstanding), and probably the 3rd best player that I have seen in a Kings uniform, behind Mitch Richmond and Chris Webber (feel free to add Peja Stojakovic to that list if you so desire). When a player of this caliber takes his leave, there should be a sense of loss, a rush of good memories, seminal...
Orlando Pinstriped Post 10 hours ago
Should the Orlando Magic have traded for DeMarcus Cousins?

Should the Orlando Magic have traded for DeMarcus Cousins?

The Kings traded the superstar center to the Pelicans for pennies on the dollar. The Sacramento Kings surprised the NBA world Sunday night when they agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins—a 26-year-old perennial All-Star averaging 27.8 points and 10.7 rebounds on 56.2 percent True Shooting—to the New Orleans Pelicans for, uh, not much. Even acknowledging that it’s nearly impossible to get equal value for a player of Cousins’ caliber, the Kings could have done better than Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and two future NBA Draft picks. Kings GM Vlade Divac even admitted as...
Sactown Royalty 21 hours ago
Divac says he ‘fully’ understands fan frustration over mixed messaging on trading Cousins

Divac says he ‘fully’ understands fan frustration over mixed messaging on trading Cousins

Vlade Divac discusses trading DeMarcus Cousins. Vlade Divac met with the Sacramento media Monday, the day after news broke that he was trading DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Divac said the deal, which includes Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and New Orleans’ 2017 first and second round picks, was the best offer the Kings had (other than the offer the Kings had two days prior), that it was the right time to make the move and that the Kings want to change the culture. The Kings general manager said the team will play hard, continue to try to make the playoffs...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
Divac admits Kings had better offer for Cousins

Divac admits Kings had better offer for Cousins

In his first media session after trading Cousins, the Kings GM somehow made us feel even worse about the trade. Vlade Divac addressed the media today shortly after the trade to send DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans became official. This was an opportunity for the Kings to try to account for one of the most questionable decisions in franchise history and Divac somehow made the team look worse. Culture matters was the big talking point for Divac with the media. In his press release announcing the trade, Divac said the following: “It was time for a change and I decided this was the best...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
Vlade Divac Press Conference Open Thread

Vlade Divac Press Conference Open Thread

The Kings GM will address the media at 12:30 p.m. for the first time since the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac is set to hold a press conference at 12:30 P.M. Pacific to discuss the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Comcast Sports Net will be live streaming the press conference and KHTK will be airing it live as well. Please use this thread to discuss the press conference. We’ll have a recap shortly after. UPDATE 12:24 PM: The trade is official. Here is the official statement from Vlade Divac in the press release: “It was time for a change and I decided this was the...
The Bird Writes Feb 20, 2017
ESPN analyst says NBA executives have called Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins one of ten worst players

ESPN analyst says NBA executives have called Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins one of ten worst players

Additionally, the New Orleans Pelicans got the former King from off ‘the sale rack,’ and at least initially, they themselves were not too enamored with the prospect of adding the star center. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst appeared on SportsCenter Monday morning and had a lot of interesting things to say about last night’s DeMarcus Cousins trade. To kick things off, Windhorst stated that the Sacramento Kings started looking for offers this past Friday and Saturday mornings. The reason the Vlade Divac-led front office acted so quickly was due to the newly ratified Collective Bargaining...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
Kings to waive Matt Barnes

Kings to waive Matt Barnes

Logistics for the Boogie trade Ok, there's good news and bad news. The good news: Matt Barnes is the player to be waived in order for the Kings to complete the DeMarcus Cousins trade, which sends out two players in exchange for three. Barnes has not had a good season this year, shooting 32.7% from three and playing inconsistent defense while hurting the team with off-court distractions and added complaints to the referees. The move signals a shift towards a proper rebuild with young players and draft picks the priority. The Kings are expected to waive Matt Barnes to make the necessary...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
Vivek Ranadivé has failed us

Vivek Ranadivé has failed us

Sacramento’s controlling owner has meddled again Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé has failed us. He was the face of the group that saved the Kings from relocating to Seattle, and I’ll be eternally grateful to him for that. I’ll also always be grateful for the amazing new arena downtown. But those two rights can’t make up for how badly Vivek’s meddling has screwed this franchise. Let’s be clear: Vivek Ranadivé belongs nowhere near basketball operations for an NBA franchise. From the outset of his tenure, Vivek has shown that whatever intelligence he has in the technology...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
Morning Conversation: Dealing with dejection

Morning Conversation: Dealing with dejection

Help. The Sacramento Kings shocked the basketball world last night when they traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans for what will ultimately boil down to a (top three protected!) late lottery pick at best, and Buddy Hield, a 23 year old rookie having a season not too dissimilar to Ben McLemore, the Kings’ 4th year shooting guard who showed some slight signs of development over the last month. McLemore is also 23. The Kings will take back the contracts of Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway to make the trade work under the current CBA, but one or both of them could be waived...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
Bye Bye, Boogie

Bye Bye, Boogie

DeMarcus Cousins lived up to all the hype, good and bad. I still remember where I was when the Kings drafted DeMarcus Cousins. I was at a work conference in San Diego and our meetings had wrapped up for the day so I headed to my room to watch the Draft. The Kings had the 5th pick, and it was looking like the Kings would be choosing between guys like Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe. When Johnson’s name was called with the 4th pick to Minnesota, I pumped my fist in the air because I knew it meant the Kings would be taking either Cousins or Monroe, a big man of the...
Liberty Ballers Feb 20, 2017
Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins trade will have major impact on future of the Sixers

Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins trade will have major impact on future of the Sixers

The Sixers stand to benefit from the league-altering trade sending DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. A fairly lifeless All-Star Weekend ended with a bang, after the Fighting Vlade Divacs Sacramento Kings agreed to make DeMarcus Cousins the newest member of the New Orleans Pelicans. After years of speculation regarding whether the mercurial star would stick in Northern California, the Kings finally decided to pull the plug and unload Cousins for Buddy Hield, salary fodder and draft picks. Waking up to this news in the middle of the night was quite the experience, with dozens of...
Sactown Royalty Feb 20, 2017
The Kings fleeced themselves.

The Kings fleeced themselves.

Fire everyone. As everyone knows by now, the Kings have traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Many of us, myself included, have been proponents of trading Cousins for quite a while now. Sacramento has been unable to surround their All-Star with similar talent for too many years and his trade value has only been decreasing due to his contract status. The dreams were of a Boston or LA or Denver super trade which brought back a young stud and multiple first-round picks. The Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony trades were often looked to as examples as to what organizations should...
SLC Dunk Feb 20, 2017
Sacramento Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins away to New Orleans Pelicans for peanuts. Mass hysteria ensues.

Sacramento Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins away to New Orleans Pelicans for peanuts. Mass hysteria ensues.

#WojBomb The NBA Trade deadline is on February 23rd. But there are some bombs going off right now. The Vertical / Yahoo! Sports master and student Woj and Shams have this one covered. But the basics are that the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans are making a trade. DeMarcus Cousins is going to New Orleans - - - and the Kings aren’t really getting market value in return. Kings Get: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, 2017 1st round pick, 2017 2nd round Pick (via Philadelphia 76ers) — the 2nd round pick has some protection Pelicans Get: DeMarcus Cousins, Omri...
Sactown Royalty Feb 19, 2017
DeMarcus Cousins traded to New Orleans

DeMarcus Cousins traded to New Orleans

Wow. In a complete 180 from the Sacramento Kings franchise, the Kings have decided to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans for a deal including Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and New Orleans’ 2017 pick. Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the trade but it was soon confirmed by many others. The exact parameters of the deal have yet to be announced. Thus ends a tumultuous career for DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento.
Sactown Royalty Feb 19, 2017
Cousins trade talk feels different this time

Cousins trade talk feels different this time

It really seems like the Kings could part ways with their big man. There have been literally hundreds of trade rumors involving DeMarcus Cousins since he joined the Sacramento Kings but I can’t recall the possibility of a trade ever feeling more real than it is now. The big difference appears to be Vivek Ranadivé’s seeming change of heart when it comes to giving DeMarcus Cousins a maximum contract extension for $200+ million this summer. From the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix: In recent weeks, Ranadive has become more open to the front office’s willingness to...
Sactown Royalty Feb 19, 2017
Kings and Pelicans reportedly having discussions about DeMarcus Cousins

Kings and Pelicans reportedly having discussions about DeMarcus Cousins

The NBA Trade Deadline isn’t official till there’s been a DeMarcus Cousins rumor. It wouldn’t be an NBA trade deadline without a DeMarcus Cousins rumor. Despite Vlade Divac personally telling the media that Cousins will not be trade, despite the fact that Cousins has told the media he wants to stay in Sacramento, despite the fact that Sacramento can make Cousins one of the highest paid players in NBA history this summer... the rumor mill continues to churn out DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors. Of course, this particular rumor is a little harder to shrug off only because it comes from...
Silver Screen and Roll Feb 19, 2017
NBA Trade Rumors: Sacramento Kings reportedly ‘engaging in trade talks’ involving DeMarcus Cousins

NBA Trade Rumors: Sacramento Kings reportedly ‘engaging in trade talks’ involving DeMarcus Cousins

Could Sacramento move their superstar big man? Trade deadline rumor season is officially in full-swing. The Sacramento Kings are “engaging in trade talks” involving DeMarcus Cousins, according the always plugged-in Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical. Wojnarowski reports that the Kings have mostly been in discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans (according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the two have discussed an offer of Buddy Hield and multiple first round picks), despite still not being sure if they actually want to move Cousins or not. Kings general manager Vlade Divac...
Sactown Royalty Feb 18, 2017
All-Star Saturday Night Open Thread

All-Star Saturday Night Open Thread

All-Star Saturday Night starts at 5 p.m. Pacific on TNT. DeMarcus Cousins is participating in the Skills Challenge, which is the night’s first event. That will be followed by the Three-Point Contest and finally the Slam Dunk contest.
Sactown Royalty Feb 18, 2017
Like it or not, the Kings have a plan

Like it or not, the Kings have a plan

It might not be the plan you want, but it’s the one we got. For so long now, Kings fans have wondered, “What’s the plan?”. Multiple ownerships, coaches, managers and dozens of different players and the Kings seemingly are stuck in limbo, too bad to make the playoffs and too good to get the highest picks in the draft (not like the Kings have struck gold with their draft picks anyway). But there is a plan in place, says CSN’s James Ham, and it’s working at least in part despite the 24-33 record. From Ham: The idea coming into the 2016-17 campaign was to surround DeMarcus Cousins...

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