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Sactown Royalty 1 hour ago

The complex relationship between Jason Thompson and Kings fans

Jason Thompson has fallen out of favor with Kings fans, but it's just because both parties are ready to move on. I recently found myself repeatedly discussing the Kings' need to dump Jason Thompson.  I would almost always use that same term.  Dump.  Jason Thompson has definitely fallen out of favor around here, but it's a strange and complex situation.  Most Kings fans would likely rejoice if Thompson was traded, but I don't think there are many Kings fans who actually dislike JT. Thompson is considered a salary cap issue, but doesn't actually have a terrible contract.  He's due $6...
Sactown Royalty 12 hours ago
The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 53: Kevin Nesgoda of Sonics Rising

The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 53: Kevin Nesgoda of Sonics Rising

Play nice, kids. The Sactown Royalty Show is back!  This week I'm joined by Kevin Nesgoda, managing editor of Sonics Rising.  I know your initial reaction is going to be to grab your trusty pitchfork, but stick with me.  Based on my previous conversations with Kevin, I think you'll enjoy what he has to say about the Sacramento/Seattle friction. Kevin is also an avid NBA fan in general, so we'll be discussing how the offseason has gone for the Kings, as well as Sacramento's performance at Vegas Summer League.  It should be a great show, be sure to check it out! The show goes live at 9pm...
Sactown Royalty 15 hours ago
Report: Kings extend deadline on decision for Acy, exploring ways to keep him

Report: Kings extend deadline on decision for Acy, exploring ways to keep him

Acy's time as a King may not be over yet as the Kings now have more time to figure out a way to keep him. Don't count out Quincy Acy just yet. According to Jason Jones, the Kings have agreed to extend the deadline on whether or not to guarantee his contract from July 25th to August 15th. Deadline for Kings to make a decision on Quincy Acy has been extended to Aug. 15, giving more time to figure out ways to keep him. — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) July 25, 2014 Kings love Acy, who worked hard on his game and had solid summer league and want to explore ways to keep him, improve team...
Sactown Royalty 23 hours ago

Examining why the Kings might waive Quincy Acy

The luxury tax rears its ugly head, among other things. Yesterday we reported that Sacramento's pursuit of Omri Casspi would likely mean the Kings waiving popular big man Quincy Acy.  Reaction from fans was overwhelmingly negative, particularly after Acy had come off of a strong summer league.  The fact of the matter is, Acy might be waived no matter what, regardless if the Kings win the Casspi "sweepstakes" or not (we should know whether the Kings submitted a successful waiver claim after 2 pm Pacific on Friday). The way Quincy Acy's contract is structured is that his salary will only be...
Sactown Royalty Jul 24, 2014
No, the Kings didn't disrespect Isaiah Thomas

No, the Kings didn't disrespect Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas continues to discuss how Sacramento disrespected him, but they actually treated him pretty well. Isaiah Thomas has not been shy about discussing his views on his time with the Sacramento Kings.  Another day, another quote about how Isaiah felt disrespected by the organization.  This has been fairly regular since the Kings allowed Isaiah Thomas to leave in restricted free agency, executing a sign-and-trade to the Phoenix Suns.  Now, I think the Kings made a mistake by replacing Isaiah with Darren Collison, especially since Isaiah eventually took only slightly more money than...
Sactown Royalty Jul 23, 2014

Sources: Kings targeting Omri Casspi, potentially at the cost of waiving Quincy Acy

The Sacramento Kings could be bringing back a familiar face in the near future.  Sactown Royalty has learned that the Kings are considering bringing back Omri Casspi, who the Kings drafted back in 2009 and then subsequently traded to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson. Ailene Voisin had a column interviewing the former King today, in which he confirmed that the Kings have had interest "My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams," he said, "and the Kings are one of them. Couldn't they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun...
Sactown Royalty Jul 22, 2014
Court Jester #7: Sacramento Wins the VSL Championship; A New Day Has Come

Court Jester #7: Sacramento Wins the VSL Championship; A New Day Has Come

The Kings' franchise has not won it all since 1951. This all changed when a man named Ray put on a uniform today. Editorial Note: All Court Jester pieces are satire. Except for this one. "Yo Vivek! We did it!", Kings sophomore Ray McCallum screamed after the Kings secured the championship game of the Vegas Summer League. The Vegas Summer League is an exclusive tournament that the NBA spends the months of October through June preparing for. While many teams have NBA Championship rings, only two teams have NBA VSL Championship trophies. Kings' owner Vivek Ranadive knows how special this...
Sactown Royalty Jul 22, 2014
Reviewing the Kings Summer League roster players

Reviewing the Kings Summer League roster players

The Kings got good performances out of their roster players in the Summer League. Let's take a look at what we saw from Nik Stauskas, Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum, Quincy Acy and Derrick Williams. The Sacramento Kings are the 2014 NBA Summer League champions, and what a road to victory it was! OK, it was seven games and they played well, for the most part, in six of them. Championship trophies and commemorative hats aside, what was fairly evident in this tournament was that the Kings had the most complete team. They had scorers, a point guard and some guys who were physical under the basket,...
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2014
Kings 77, Rockets 68: The Kings are Crowned!

Kings 77, Rockets 68: The Kings are Crowned!

Ray McCallum scored 29 points to lead the Kings past the Rockets for the Vegas Summer League Championship. Today, the Kings are champions. Sure it's only Summer League, but it's still a testament to the hard work these young guys have put in these past two weeks.  Facing a grueling 7 games in 11 day schedule, the Kings managed to go 6-1, with their sole loss being in their first game. Sacramento trailed by as many as 8 points in the 4th quarter as nobody could buy a bucket.  Ben McLemore started the game just 1-10 before finally finding a rhythm and hitting his next 3 shots, which got...
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2014

VSL Finals: Kings vs. Rockets

The Sacramento Kings take on the Houston Rockets tonight at 6pm, to see who takes home the Las Vegas NBA Summer League Championship trophy. No really... theres a trophy. We preview the matchup and give you details on the FREE watch party at Sleep Train Arena. The near 30 year drought is over. The Sacramento Kings are finally playing for a championship! The Kings, an 8 seed in the Vegas Summer League tournament, take on the 14th seeded cinderella-story Houston Rockets tonight at the Thomas and Mack Center. Not a great shooting team at just 39.8%, the Rockets have been led by Donatas...
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2014

The Sacramento Kings should sign Eric Moreland

Moreland is bringing everything the Kings need on the defensive side of the ball. Tonight the Kings face off against the Houston Rockets in the Summer League Final.  The Kings as a whole have played very well throughout this tournament, having lost only their first game against the Spurs.  The biggest reason for their great play has been their defense, as they've held all 6 teams they've played to under 42% from the field, a very good number: San Antonio: 39.7% Charlotte: 28.6% D-League Select: 40.6% Timberwolves: 41.4% Bulls: 30.7% Wizards: 35.2% Undrafted rookie Eric Moreland has been...
Bullets Forever Jul 20, 2014

Wizards vs. Kings final score: Washington eliminated in Summer League play, 74-62

The Washington Wizards are eliminated in the Vegas Summer League semifinals, as they lose, 74-62 to the Sacramento Kings. As they say, all good things must come to an end. This tweet Mike put out there indicated that: pic.twitter.com/HMehS3i0nI — Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) July 21, 2014 Yeah, after the Wizards went 5-0 in Summer League play, they lose 74 to 62 to the Sacramento Kings. During the Vegas Summer League, we have seen Glen Rice Jr. show a lot of his best basketball, and his shot was falling more quickly than not. Today, he started off forcing his shots, and only went...
Sactown Royalty Jul 20, 2014
Kings 74, Wizards 62: We're going to the championship!

Kings 74, Wizards 62: We're going to the championship!

The Kings took care of business early to win their semifinal matchup against the Wizards. The Kings are going to the Summer League Finals after beating the Washington Wizards 74 to 62 on Sunday night. Sacramento went up by 20 points in the first half thanks to an offensive explosion from Marshon Brooks, who scored all 14 of his points in the first half.  Washington was eventually able to cut it back down to single digits but they were never close enough to make it dangerous. Both the Wizards and Kings showed signs of fatigue throughout, with this being their 6th game in a little over a...
Bullets Forever Jul 20, 2014
Wizards vs. Kings: Washington goes for a spot in the Summer League championship

Wizards vs. Kings: Washington goes for a spot in the Summer League championship

The Washington Wizards (5-0) will face the Sacramento Kings (4-1) on Sunday night in the Vegas Summer League Semifinals. The Wizards are giving themselves good buzz during NBA Summer League. And after Glen Rice Jr.'s 36 point performance Saturday, his name trended on Twitter: 'Glen Rice Jr.' is trending worldwide. Good work, #WizardsTwitter. — Ben M (@BenMehicNBA) July 20, 2014 Today, Washington will put its undefeated record on the line once again, as they face off against the Sacramento Kings in the Vegas League semifinals. Here's a quick preview: Where and when? Approximately 8...
Sactown Royalty Jul 20, 2014

VSL Semifinal: Kings vs. Wizards

The Kings have advanced past the 5 standard games everyone in Vegas gets to play and now get the the chance to play at least one more and maybe two if they beat the Wizards tonight.  Sacramento plays Washington at 5 pm and the game will be televised on NBA TV. The Wizards have been led by Sophomores Otto Porter and Glen Rice, Jr.  Rice is averaging 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals through 5 games.  Porter is also playing very well, averaging 19.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists himself.  Both Porter and Rice are shooting above 50% overall and above 44% from...
Sactown Royalty Jul 19, 2014
Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals: Kings easily advance, beat Bulls 80-61

Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals: Kings easily advance, beat Bulls 80-61

The Kings were in control throughout as the Bulls played without Doug McDermott. The Sacramento Kings dominated the Chicago Bulls in Saturday's Las Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals, winning 80-61.  The Kings jumped out to an early lead and never let up.  The Bulls' efforts were hindered by the absence of Doug McDermott, who has led the Bulls throughout Summer League. It was a well-rounded effort from the Kings, with five Kings scoring in double-figures.  Ben McLemore finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.  His progress from a year ago is fantastic.  He simply looks...
Sactown Royalty Jul 19, 2014
Vegas Summer League Game 6: Kings vs Bulls

Vegas Summer League Game 6: Kings vs Bulls

The Kings take on the Bulls, in what should be one of the more entertaining Summer League match-ups. The Sacramento Kings continue their Summer League experience on Saturday as they take on the Chicago Bulls.  Bulls rookie Doug McDermott has been impressive thus far in Summer League, and the Bulls should provide an entertaining match-up for the Kings. What Sacramento vs. Chicago (Summer League Quarterfinal) When 5:00 PM Pacific, 8:00 PM Eastern TV details NBATV, or via the Summer League Live subscription The Kings are a mere three victories away from the all-important Summer League...
Sactown Royalty Jul 18, 2014

Geniuses and fools are made in hindsight

It's premature to judge the Kings' moves, but it's ok to disagree with them. [Editor's Note: I started writing this before Biegler's superb take on the subject.  Consider this that extra book your college professor made you buy but it wasn't as good as the main material. -Greg] The Sacramento Kings have had an interesting offseason.  They drafted Nik Stauskas when Noah Vonleh, considered an ideal pairing next to DeMarcus Cousins, was still on the board.  Not only was Vonleh on the board, but the Kings spent the 7th pick in the previous year's draft on Ben McLemore, who plays the same...
Detroit Bad Boys Jul 18, 2014

Josh Smith trade rumors have 'no legs,' source tells Vince Ellis

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press confirmed that the trade talks between the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons seem to be a one-sided affair at this point. The Kings clearly want Josh Smith, but the Pistons aren't interested in what Sacramento can offer: The Sacramento Kings made another run at Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith during this week’s league meetings in Las Vegas, but they were rebuffed again. A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation confirmed ESPN’s Marc Stein’s report that the Kings were interested in Smith. Another source said Thursday morning that...
Sactown Royalty Jul 18, 2014
Let's All Just Calm The Hell Down

Let's All Just Calm The Hell Down

Note from Aykis: This post by Mr. Biegler has some strong language. Viewer discretion is advised. There is a John Cheever short story, the Country Husband, it's anthologized so any number of you may already have read it, it was also a loose inspiration for American Beauty, and a Seinfeld episode. The story is about an upper middle class business man in the New York suburbs going through an identity crisis. It's a much shorter Mad Men. The identity crisis is instigated when the protagonist's plane nearly crashes and he returns home to a family indifferent to his mortal plight, collectively...

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