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Sactown Royalty 16 hours ago

Am I really so crazy for believing the Kings can be good next year?

Since December 14th, 2014, the Sacramento Kings have seemingly provided punchline after punchline to a neverending joke about just how bad and disorganized they've been. "Can you believe what the Kings sent to Philadelphia to free up space?" "LOL the Kings can't even convince Monta Ellis to sign with them." "Vlade really fire the guy who wrote the book on basketball analytics???" Hell, Grantland's even making "Suicide Squad" spoof trailers for the team's upcoming season. I can't say it upsets me too much.  Some of it's even genuinely funny.  The Kings haven't done anything to deserve...
Sactown Royalty Aug 1, 2015

NBPA filing grievance over Kings voiding Mbah a Moute's contract

The NBPA is filing a grievance against the Kings, alleging they improperly voided Mbah a Moute's deal. The Sacramento Kings are facing a grievance from the National Basketball Players Association, under the allegation that the Kings voided Luc Mbah a Moute's contract without legitimate cause. This report comes to us from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the NBPA will officially file the grievance early next week. Mbah a Moute's representatives at Wasserman Media Group and NBPA officials, armed with independent medical examinations that produced playing clearances, are disputing the...
Sactown Royalty Jul 31, 2015

Sacramento Kings finalize coaching staff

Following yesterday's news that the Kings would be adding Nancy Lieberman to the coaching staff, the Sacramento Kings sent out a press release announcing all the new hires to the bench. Joining Lieberman are Chad Iske, John Welch and Anthony Carter.  Iske has been given the title of associate head coach, effectively making him Karl's #2.  Corliss Williamson and Vance Walberg remain the lone holdovers from last year's staff, with Williamson being the only person to stay on from Mike Malone's staff. Walberg was brought on soon after George Karl was hired. Most of these hires were already...
Sactown Royalty Jul 31, 2015

The Truth Is Less Fun

We can argue about narratives all summer, and it'll be more fun that the truth. The Sacramento Kings have been a national punching bag this summer. Not because the national media hates Sacramento, but because the Kings are easy target right now. A national pundit can insert a dig at the Kings in lieu of analysis, or when they simply need a little extra filler for a piece on the Kings. It may not necessarily be deserved, but it's easy, and the truth is less fun. Kings fans have been overly defensive this summer. Not because the Kings are a shining example of how to run an organization, but...
Sactown Royalty Jul 30, 2015

Sacramento Kings to add Nancy Lieberman to coaching staff

The Sacramento Kings will be making another addition to their coaching staff in the near future, this time of the progressive variety.  Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Kings will be offering Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman a job on the staff and that Lieberman will accept.  Lieberman will become just the second female assistant in NBA history after Becky Hammon joined San Antonio's staff last season. There were rumors back in February when Karl was hired that Lieberman could be an addition, and she spent this past month helping out the Kings during Las Vegas Summer...
Sactown Royalty Jul 30, 2015

Mark Cuban Applauds Rajon Rondo's Work Ethic

Grantland’s Zach Lowe had Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on his podcast yesterday, and among the many interesting topics those two discussed, Cuban had some particularly interesting comments in regards to current King and former Maverick point guard, Rajon Rondo. By all accounts, Rajon Rondo’s tenure in Dallas was an absolute disaster. He may or may not have quit on the team in the middle of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets last April. He certainly didn’t get along with his head coach, Rick Carlisle, and his time in Dallas was so toxic that the team voted Rondo...
Sactown Royalty Jul 29, 2015

Sacramento Kings to waive Eric Moreland

It appears that Eric Moreland's tenure with the Sacramento Kings is going to be short-lived.  According to a report from Real GM's Shams Charania, the Kings are expected to waive Moreland before his contract becomes guaranteed on August 1st.  Once Moreland is waived, there will be a 48 hour period in which any team can put a claim on him to try to pick him up.  Given that there was purported trade interest for Moreland this past summer, it'd be unsurprising if he was picked up. Moreland was signed to a two-year deal last season after a strong summer league in which he showcased some...
Sactown Royalty Jul 29, 2015

Sacramento Kings' Reporter Reliability Rankings

In the wake of Sportando deciding to take a break from its focus on international basketball and instead report on the Sacramento Kings, I started to think more about the reporters I trust.  The Kings have had a LOT said about them in the media ever since Vivek Ranadivé took over, and sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to believe.  For me, it's often who is saying it that helps me gauge the reliability. Without further ado, here's my reporter tier list (for Kings news), separated into four categories: Reliable, Mostly Reliable, Chad Ford, and Not Reliable.  While the title of this...
Sactown Royalty Jul 28, 2015

Ben McLemore's the most important Sacramento King that nobody's talking about

When it comes to the Sacramento Kings, everyone has a favorite talking point.  There's Cousins-Karl, Rajon Rondo, Vlade's ballsy move to clear up space, Vivek's ownership style, and that's just scratching the surface of the last few months. But why is nobody talking about Ben McLemore? To be fair, McLemore hasn't done a whole lot to garner national attention.  McLemore's rookie year was particularly rough, with his shooting numbers almost historically low for the amount of shots and minutes he got.   He was also everywhere and nowhere on defense at the same time.  He couldn't dribble...
Sactown Royalty Jul 27, 2015

Report: Kings to Have Second Meeting with Former Nets Assistant GM Bobby Marks

Our new friends at Sportando reported early this morning that the Sacramento Kings met with former Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks in Las Vegas during summer league, and will meet with him again in Sacramento shortly. Via Sportando - Former Nets employee Bobby Marks, who was dismissed from the Nets in May, has been pursuing a different position with the Kings. Marks previously spoke with the Kings at summer league in Las Vegas and is scheduled to interview again with them in Sacramento. Bobby Marks spent the last 20 years as a member of the Brooklyn Nets organization...
Sactown Royalty Jul 26, 2015

Stojavokic, Jackson In, Dean Oliver Out? Kings' Front Office is Getting Another Makeover

Basketball Twitter is torching Sacramento again this morning, and for potentially, although unconfirmed, good reason. Let’s get those pesky ‘reports’ out of the way before we dive in, shall we? First, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported last night that Peja Stojakovic has been offered a full time position in the Kings front office, but hasn’t accepted yet because of the impact moving from Greece to Sacramento would have on his family. As a follow up to the Stein report, USA Today’s Sam Amick confirmed the Kings interest in Stojakovic, and reported that Vlade Divac is also trying to add...
Sactown Royalty Jul 24, 2015

Final lawsuit against Sacramento Arena defeated

The last hurdle for a new downtown arena has been cleared.  While it was always extremely unlikely that anything would be able to stop the arena from being built, there was one final obstacle preventing the city from providing the funds necessary for the project: a lawsuit by STOP and their lawyers alleging that the city of Sacramento gave the Sacramento Kings a "secret subsidy" to keep the team in Sacramento. That lawsuit was thrown out of court today, with Judge Timothy Frawley siding with the city of Sacramento.  Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak, who have been on the arena beat from Day 1,...
Sactown Royalty Jul 24, 2015

The Sacramento Kings only have one more roster spot available

Seth Curry's signing by Vlade Divac seemed to signal that after a frenetic few weeks, the Kings were finally done adding players to the roster.  With Curry and the recent signings of Duje Dukan and Quincy Acy, Sacramento has 16 players under contract, or one more than league rules allow at the start of the season. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times tweeted the following contract tidbits yesterday regarding the Sacramento Kings: Caron Butler, Quincy Acy & Seth Curry each have min contracts guaranteed, wiith player options 2nd yrs @BBallInsiders Sacramento Kings — Eric Pincus...
Sactown Royalty Jul 23, 2015

Kings to possibly wear two new alternate jerseys next season, including one with sleeves

As is the case almost every year, details about new uniforms for the upcoming NBA season have been leaked to the internet.  Paul Lukas of Uni Watch broke down the leak here, which included two potential new Kings Uniforms for the 2015-16 season. The first alternate jersey comes as no surprise, as it appears the Kings will wear their Baby Blue alternates, which they wore from the time they came to Sacramento up until the late-80s. Reggie Theus seen wearing the Baby Blue back in 1987 - The other alternate jersey however is a little harder to make out due to the grainy quality of...
Sactown Royalty Jul 23, 2015

Seth Curry's former coach discusses the player the Kings are getting

The head coach of the Eerie Bayhawks joins us to chat about new Kings guard Seth Curry. The Sacramento Kings on Wednesday inked free-agent guard Seth Curry to a reported two-year, $2 million contract. Curry, younger brother to Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, had the Las Vegas Summer League buzzing earlier this month, averaging 24.3 points 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.2 steals in 33.2 minutes per game in six games for the New Orleans Pelicans. But before that, the 6'2'', 185-pound Curry spent the 2014-15 season with the Orlando Magic's D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks....
Sactown Royalty Jul 22, 2015

How Did Seth Curry Catch Vlade Divac's Eye?

You probably didn't realize you should have been paying attention to how Seth Curry did in Vegas. We got your back... If you're like me, you watched every Summer League game hoping to get a glimpse of what the future might hold for Willie Cauley-Stein. Little did we know that we should have been recording the New Orleans Pelicans' games as well. Last night Vlade pulled the trigger on what appears to be Sacramento's final signing of the summer, when he snatched up Riley Curry's uncle and former Duke Blue Devils sharp shooter, Seth Curry, and signed him to a two-year deal. @Vivek you can...
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2015

Report: Kings sign Seth Curry to a two-year deal

The Sacramento Kings appear to be rounding out their backcourt with an interesting addition.  ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Kings are in "advanced discussions" to sign Seth Curry, younger brother of 2015 MVP Steph Curry.  Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski followed up that report by saying that the Kings have agreed to a two-year deal with Curry.  The deal is for $2 million, is fully guaranteed, and contains a player options for the 2016-17 season. Curry was one of the premier players at Vegas Summer League, averaging 24.3 points a game on 45.9% from the field to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.7...
Sactown Royalty Jul 20, 2015

Quincy Acy signs two year deal with the Sacramento Kings

Quincy Acy is a Sacramento King once more.  Shams Charania of Real GM is reporting that the Kings have signed Acy to a two-year deal, with the second year containing a player option. Acy was acquired by the Sacramento Kings as part of the trade that brought Rudy Gay here from Toronto.  While he showed flashes of potential, he was traded to the New York Knicks the following summer as part of a salary dump with Travis Outlaw.  Acy played 68 games for the Knicks last season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. Acy joins a Kings frontcourt that features DeMarcus Cousins, Kostas...
Sactown Royalty Jul 20, 2015

Sacramento Kings sign undrafted forward Duje Dukan after successful summer league

The Sacramento Kings appear to have their stretch four, as they've come to terms on a contract with undrafted forward Duje Dukan.  Shams Charania of Real GM was first to report the deal.  Charania says Dukan's deal does contain guaranteed money, so it's possible this is more than just a training camp invitation.  However, just because there is some guaranteed money does not mean he'll end up making the regular season roster.  The Kings could end up waiving him and sending him to develop in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns. Dukan spent four years at the University of Wisconsin,...
Sactown Royalty Jul 20, 2015

Ty Lawson trade reminds us who runs the Sacramento Kings

Ty Lawson was finally traded, but not to the Kings. Ty Lawson being traded to the Sacramento Kings seemed like an inevitability. When the Denver Nuggets drafted Emmanuel Mudiay, Ty himself infamously proclaimed "I'm going to Sacramento." The logic certainly made sense. Lawson has his best years under current Kings coach George Karl. The Kings were known to be looking to improve their strength at the guard position this offseason. Karl wanted Lawson. Everything seems to line up, and thus is became a natural conclusion both inside and outside of Sacramento that eventually the Kings would...

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