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Sactown Royalty 10 hours ago

Kings set to introduce their rookies today

The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Pacific The Sacramento Kings will be introducing Georgios Papagiannis, Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Cousins today in a Press Conference at 11 a.m. Pacific time.  Kings.com will likely carry live coverage of the press conference for those interested in tuning in.  Feel free to use this as an open thread for the presser. The Kings will not be introducing Malachi Richardson today, as the trade of Marco Belinelli for Richardson will not be official until July 1st, when the Kings can trade Belinelli into Charlotte's cap space.
Sactown Royalty Jun 25, 2016

Let's Find The Kings A Few Guards

Vlade Divac addressed the media after Thurdsay night's draft, and while there is plenty about his post-draft presser worth talking about, I’m going to focus on the part where he said something along the lines of ‘we’re all set with the big guys, now we have to focus on the small guys’. The Kings need guards. In fact, the Kings’ gaping hole at both guard positions in one of the more legitimate reasons why so many people are upset with their draft last night. If they didn’t have such obvious, glaring needs, taking a gamble on two high-potential big men isn’t the worst outcome....
Sactown Royalty Jun 25, 2016

Report: Kings Are Targeting Courtney Lee In Free Agency

On Fridays edition of the Kings Insider Podcast, CSN Kings Insider James Ham reported what a lot of folks have been speculating since Dave Joerger was hired, and that is the Kings' predictable interest in Charlotte Hornets free agent guard, Courtney Lee. Via James Ham, Kings Insider Podcast "The Kings, from what I know, are targeting Courtney Lee. They love Courtney Lee" Courtney Lee is the sort of tough, veteran, defensively responsible shooting guard that can hit the three at very respectable percentages the Kings should be targeting. His obvious connection with Joerger substantiates...
Sactown Royalty Jun 24, 2016

The 5 Stages of Grief for Kings fans on Draft Day

Last night was ... something.  The Kings shocked everyone by taking Georgios Papagiannis with the 13th pick in the draft, and somehow managed to acquire another center in the same draft.  Kings fans were understandably confused and upset.  Let's walk through the five stages, shall we? 1. Denial You have got to be KIDDING ME — Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) June 24, 2016 [googles 'georgios papagiannis'] — Tom Ziller (@teamziller) June 24, 2016 @ShamsCharania Stop trolling. — Valkorum (@valkorumq) June 24, 2016 2. Anger ...
Sactown Royalty Jun 24, 2016

Vlade Divac says he would like to have Rajon Rondo back next season

The Sacramento Kings have a lot a bigs. The Sacramento Kings do not have a lot of point guards. Rajon Rondo is a free agent. The Sacramento Kings backcourt looks pretty shallow at the moment. Darren Collison has legal issues, the future of the inexperienced, restricted free agent Seth Curry is still uncertain and Rajon Rondo is a free agent. After missing on the point guards in the top half of the lottery he was targeting in Thursday's NBA draft, Kings general manager Vlade Divac was asked if he would like to have Rondo back next season. "Yeah, Rajon had a great year for us last year,"...
Sactown Royalty Jun 24, 2016

Looking for the Big Picture

The Kings' draft did not inspire confidence that they know what they are doing The Sacramento Kings entered last night's NBA Draft in an unenviable situation. They had the eighth overall pick, sitting at the tail end of the draft's second tier of prospects. In desperate need of help in the backcourt, the Kings needed things to fall into place perfectly to nab one of those coveted guards (Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, or Buddy Hield). Things did not fall perfectly in place. Out of the prospects ranked 3-8, the Kings were left with Marquesse Chriss, a Sacramento native, but an extremely raw...
Sactown Royalty Jun 24, 2016

Quick Poll: 2016 NBA Draft Reaction

Draft grades are dumb, but let us know what you feel about the 2016 NBA Draft results anway. To recap, the Kings started the day with Marco Belinelli, the 8th pick and the 59th pick. They ended up with the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic, the 13th pick (Georgios Papagiannis), the 22nd pick (Malachi Richardson), the 28th pick (Skal Labissiere), the 59th pick (Isaiah Cousins) and a 2020 2nd round pick. Poll What grade do you give Vlade Divac on tonights draft? A B C D F   1675 votes | Results
Sactown Royalty Jun 24, 2016

2016 NBA Draft: Kings select Isaiah Cousins with 59th pick

With their final pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Oklahoma shooting guard Isaiah Cousins. Cousins is a 6'6 shooting guard who averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in his senior year at Oklahoma last season.  Perhaps most importantly for the Kings' purposes, he shot 41.1% from three point range and can play either guard position.  As a second round pick, Cousins isn't guaranteed to make the team or even be offered a contract, but we'll still likely see him play in Las Vegas for the Summer League team and also in the preseason before the Kings make a...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

2016 NBA Draft: Kings select Skal Labissiere with 28th pick

With the 28th pick, acquired from the Suns along with the 13th pick in a deal for Marquese Chriss (who was taken 8th), the Kings selected Kentucky's Skal Labissiere. While Skal was highly rated as a prospect (most projections had him going in the later half of the lottery) and was one of the more talented players left on the board, this is still a surprise given that the Kings have now selected two centers in the same draft, while employing three centers already on the roster. Labissiere offers up some potential on both ends of the floor, and as a stretch four as he's already displayed a...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

2016 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings select Georgios Papagiannis with the 13th pick

The Sacramento Kings have finally made a draft pick after a flurry of trades and selected ... Georgios Papagiannis out of Greece.  No, I wasn't expecting that either. The Kings picked the 7'2, 18 year old center with higher rated prospects like Wade Baldwin still on the board.  The Kings must have really liked Papagiannis and didn't want to risk someone else taking him by the 22nd pick. It's unclear where Papagiannis fits on a roster that already has DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and his countryman, Kosta Koufos.  I'm not going to lie to you, I don't know much about Papagiannis...
Blazersedge Jun 23, 2016

Kings Trade 8th Pick to Phoenix Suns for 13th Pick, Bogdanovic, and 28th Pick

The first big in-draft trade has gone down. Thursday evening during the NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings traded the 8th pick to the Phoenix Suns for the rights to the 13th pick, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and the 28th pick. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been traded with No. 13 pick to Sacramento for No. 8, sources tell The Vertical. Watch Live: https://t.co/0Ykil2Sb1v — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016 Suns will send No. 28 overall pick to Kings as part of trade, too. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2016 The Kings selected University of Washington F/C Marquesse...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

Sacramento Kings trade 8th pick to Phoenix for Bogdan Bogdanovic, 13th pick and 28th pick

The Sacramento Kings have traded the 8th pick in the draft to the Phoenix Suns for the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic, the 13th pick and the 28th pick.  The Kings selected Sacramento's own Marquese Chriss for the Suns.  Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical was first to report. Bogdan Bogdanavic was the 27th pick of the 2014 NBA draft and will not likely be coming to the NBA this year. He's a 23 year old Serbian Shooting Guard who averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Europe last year.  According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Bogdanovic plans to play in Turkey for one...
Silver Screen and Roll Jun 23, 2016

Lakers Trade Rumors: Kings 'heavily engaged' in D'Angelo Russell trade discussions

The Kings' lust for D'Angelo Russell hasn't gone away. The NBA is hitting its busiest point of the year with the draft passing and free agency around the corner. Trades have been sprouting up around the league, and the Sacramento Kings have been trying to make their own splash by acquiring D'Angelo Russell from the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Kings have been pushing hard to land the former No. 2 pick in the week leading to the 2016 NBA Draft. Rumors about the Kings' interest in Russell were flying within a week of the Lakers drafting the Ohio State guard, but...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

Report: Kings trying to trade for Lakers' D'Angelo Russell

We know the Kings need backcourt help in a big way, but it's still a bit of a surprise to see D'Angelo Russell, last year's number two pick, connected to the Kings in any way.   Apparently, they've been trying to go after him, although current efforts have been futile. Sacramento has been heavily engaged in trade talks all week and sources say one player they've tried to land is the Lakers' D'Angelo Russell — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016 Russell, of course, has been on the rocks with the Lakers despite a promising rookie campaign after his much publicized incident with...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

Sacramento Kings trade Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for 22nd pick

We have a trade and boy is it a doozy. Sacramento is trading guard Marco Belinelli to Charlotte for the No. 22 pick, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016 Charlotte-Sacramento deal can't go through until after July 1, but Hornets will be selecting player at No. 22 for Kings, sources said. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016 Vlade Divac somehow managed to convince the Charlotte Hornets to take Marco Belinelli coming off his worst season and with two years left on his deal for the 22nd pick in this year's draft....
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

Report: Kings being offered multiple future first round picks for #8 pick, could also look to move up

The Kings are apparently looking to get frisky tonight.  There seems to be a clear line drawn at the top-8 of this draft, with all picks between 3 and 8 being sought after. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Kings have multiple future first-rounders on the table for the 8th pick: Sacramento has offers with multiple future first-round picks at No. 8, league sources tell @TheVertical. Several teams trying to get there. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016 I can't see the Kings giving up the 8th pick for future picks, just seeing how the Kings have...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

Report: Kings among the teams the 76ers are engaging in trade talks

Aside from the Nets trading Thaddeus Young to the Pacers for the 20th pick, things have been quiet so far today.  The Philadelphia 76ers however are seemingly intent on getting another draft pick in the lottery and are using their many assets to try to do so.  According to the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings are one such team. Sources: Sixers have had significant engagement w/ Boston (3), Minnesota (5) Sacramento (8) in past 24 hours. Boston talks continuing now. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2016 Most reports seem to indicate that the players...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

2016 NBA Draft: Jaylen Brown and Buddy Hield seem to be the consensus projections for the Kings

With NBA Draft Day here, I thought it'd be a good idea to check out some of the mock drafts for their final (or near final as some like to update throughout the day) assessment on who they believe the Kings will draft at 8. DraftExpress: Jaylen Brown, F, California NBA.com: Jaylen Brown, F, California ESPN: Jaylen Brown, F, California SB Nation: Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma CBSSports: Jaylen Brown, F, California USA Today: Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma SportsIllustrated: Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma Rotoworld: Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky Basketball Insiders: Jaylen Brown, F, California NBADraft.net:...
Sactown Royalty Jun 23, 2016

2016 NBA Draft: Full coverage of the Sacramento Kings' rumors, picks and trades

Rumors, picks and trades -- everything you need on draft night for the Kings. It's Draft day, one of my favorite days of the year.  It's like NBA Christmas, where every fan of an NBA team gets to open their gifts and see what new players they get to root for.  It's a fun time, and I look forward to it every year. The Sacramento Kings have the 8th and 59th picks in this draft, and could be looking to make trades up to and throughout the draft given their many needs.  Draft coverage begins at 4:00 PM Pacific on ESPN, but the actual draft itself won't start till about 4:30.  The Kings...
Sactown Royalty Jun 22, 2016

2016 NBA Draft: Big pre-draft trades could affect the Kings

The last few drafts have been a little disappointing in terms of movement but things are already shaping up to be wild before tomorrow and the shake ups could send repercussions throughout the draft and later in Free Agency. The Jazz, Hawks and Pacers kicked things off today with a deal that sent George Hill to Utah, Jeff Teague to Indiana and the #12 pick in the draft to Atlanta.  Now the Hawks are reportedly shopping the #12 and 21 picks as well.  That could be a decent return for the #8 pick in the draft if the Kings aren't enamored with anyone at #8.  Guys like Wade Baldwin, Denzel...

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