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30Q: Are low expectations a good thing?

Is it better to be surprised than disappointed? Every year we convince ourselves that this year will be different. This will be the year that we make the leap forward, that the Kings contend for a playoff spot, that the Kings shock the world. But this year feels different. Some still have higher expectations, but there's a significant portion of the fan base entering this season with lowered expectations. But maybe that's a good thing. Any success is a pleasant surprise. Any struggles are expected. As the old saying goes, we’ll either be happily surprised or we’ll be right But I can't...
Sactown Royalty Sep 24, 2016

30Q: Why did the Kings pay Anthony Tolliver $8 million this summer?

What are the Kings’ plans with Anthony Tolliver, exactly? The Sacramento Kings signed veteran forward Anthony Tolliver to a somewhat-head-scratching two-year deal at $8 million per year this summer. It’s worth noting that only $2 million of that $8 million is guaranteed next season, giving the Kings an out if Tolliver doesn’t live up to that price tag this season, but the real reason I would categorize Tolliver’s contract as ‘head-scratching’ is because the Kings had a lot of holes to fill this offseason, and if there is one thing they didn’t need, it was another combo...
Sactown Royalty Sep 23, 2016

30Q: How many wins will the Kings have this season?

Vegas put the over/under at 32.5. Will the Kings surpass their expectations once more or regress? Las Vegas recently released their win expectations for every team in the NBA and the outlook for the Kings wasn’t great. They set Sacramento’s wins for the season at 32.5, two games higher than last season’s initial projection, but also basically predicting that the Kings haven’t moved the needle much at all this offseason and should expect similar results. Last year I railed about Vegas’ win total projections, and the Kings proved me right... just barely. Sacramento managed to win...
Sactown Royalty Sep 22, 2016

30Q: Can Darren Collison solidify the PG position?

Darren Collison is the lone point guard guaranteed a spot on the Kings roster; Can he provide the consistency Sacramento needs to finally make a run at the playoffs, or is he just a solid stopgap?  Kings fans, and Sactown Royalty in particular, have been pining for a new point guard all offseason, but Darren Collison remains locked in as the starter. While he's only entering his third year with the organization, he's outlasted six other point guards, three head coaches, and one GM. Due to a lack of consistency from the position (and organizational belief in their players, screams All-Star...
Sactown Royalty Sep 21, 2016

30Q: What would be a successful season for Georgios Papagiannis?

Measuring success for the Kings’ rookie will come with time. Kings fans have heard it all since the team selected Greek big man Georgios Papagiannis with the 13th pick of this year’s draft. On the one hand, Big Papa’s selection is evident of a myopic Vlade Divac draft strategy, one infatuated with a big man who does not clearly complement the team’s best player. On the other hand, it may be emblematic of a franchise building for the future, not tethered to the assumption that DeMarcus Cousins will remain long-term. Admittedly, the latter perspective only matters if Papagiannis...
Sactown Royalty Sep 20, 2016

30Q: What are your plans for opening night?

October 27th is going to be a special day for Kings fans. January 9th, 2013 is a day that will be forever seared into my memory. I was developing a new story board at work when my brother forwarded me the first of many Woj bombs to be dropped over the next few months. The Kings were moving to Seattle. The cold feeling of helplessness swept through me like Chuck Hayes at a Chinese Buffet. I remember simply sitting and staring at my computer screen, unable to continue my project and unable to comprehend the news. Our team was leaving and there was nothing we could do about it. Thankfully,...
Sactown Royalty Sep 19, 2016

Rudy Gay has told the Kings he will opt out next summer

EVERYTHING IS FINE (nothing is fine). Rudy Gay has been uncharacteristically vocal about his unhappiness as a member of the Sacramento Kings, and today’s report by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski is his latest attempt to pressure the organization to move him before the season starts. According to Wojnarowski, Gay has informed the Kings that he will opt out of his contract next summer and become an unrestricted free agent. I cannot immediately recall a player informing an organization of their intentions regarding a player option a full offseason early, particularly with this much...
Sactown Royalty Sep 18, 2016

30Q: What can the Kings expect from their rookies?

The Kings have more rookies than normal, but hopefully this time they can afford to be more patient with their development. It's been a while since the Sacramento Kings have had this many rookies crowding their roster. The 2009 squad featured five rookies (Tyreke Evans, Omri Casspi, Donte Greene, John Brockman, and Garrett Temple), and like this 2016 squad, three of those rookies were first-round picks. Unlike 2009, though (or basically any year since 2006), this year's rookies won't be expected to play key roles or will be needed to play right away. Sacramento can (hopefully) afford to be...
Sactown Royalty Sep 17, 2016

30Q: How big of an impact will Ken Catanella have in the Kings’ front office?

The Kings gave Vlade Divac some front office help this summer. The Sacramento Kings made what I would consider a ‘splashy’ front office signing last summer when they lured NBA analytics guru and quasi assistant coach Roland Beech away from the Dallas Mavericks. Beech was billed as the ‘perfect’ analytics guy for a general manager like Vlade Divac because of how close Beech supposedly works with the coaching staff and the players. He isn’t just crunching numbers in an office somewhere. In fact, I wrote a ‘30 questions’ about Beech last summer, asking a similarly phrased...
Sactown Royalty Sep 16, 2016

30Q: What's the latest on the new arena?

The Golden 1 Center is set to open up soon. Here’s what Kings fans may be interested in. The Sacramento Kings will kick off their season Sept. 27 with the start of training camp, which will also happen to be the first time basketball is played at the new Golden 1 Center. The new downtown arena is near completion and it is quite the sight to behold these days, especially at night. So what should Kings fans know? Here are some recent details about the Golden 1 Center fans may be interested in. The address is 500 David J. Stern Walk. (Hey, I remember that guy.) ...
Sactown Royalty Sep 15, 2016

30Q: Can Omri Casspi continue to flourish under Dave Joerger?

Omri Casspi had the best year of his career last season under George Karl. Can he repeat that success under another new coach? If there was one player that actually benefited from George Karl’s short tenure with the Sacramento Kings, it was Omri Casspi. In the biggest role of his career so far, Casspi was one of Sacramento’s key contributors off the bench, averaging career-highs in almost every single category. Karl’s offense gave him the freedom to launch threes when he wanted, attack the basket in transition and make decisions with the ball, and while there were some hiccups...
Sactown Royalty Sep 14, 2016

30Q: Is Vlade Divac a good GM?

When do we begin wondering if the right man is at the helm? It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved former King than Vlade Divac. He’s affable, funny, and was a key piece of the best Kings teams in the Sacramento era. He comes across as genuine and warm-hearted. He understands what it takes to win, and what a successful roster looks like. But when Vlade assumed the role of Kings GM, that love faced a serious obstacle. Can Kings...
Sactown Royalty Sep 13, 2016

Sacramento Kings sign Free Agent Point Guard Jordan Farmar

The Kings signed another point guard! International basketball Woj (my words, not his) David Pick reported just minutes ago that the Sacramento Kings have signed veteran point guard Jordan Farmar. Contract terms have not been disclosed at this time, but I’d be slightly surprised if it was anything beyond the sort of training camp invite, make-good deal the Kings signed Ty Lawson to a couple of weeks ago. As Pick noted, Farmer finished last season as a member of the depleted Memphis Grizzlies under now-Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger. Clearly, Joerger liked what Farmar brought...
Sactown Royalty Sep 12, 2016

30Q: What role will Garrett Temple play?

Temple’s not the inexperienced young player he was the first time he played for Sacramento. Despite much of the attention given to other Sacramento free agent signings like Matt Barnes and Ty Lawson, Garrett Temple might end up being one of the better pickups the Kings have made in recent years. Temple isn’t completely unfamiliar to Kings fans, having played for the team on a 10 day contract back in 2010. However, a lot has changed since then and Temple has grown from an inexperienced young player trying to find his way to a veteran roleplayer who can make an impact on both sides of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 11, 2016

30Q: What's the plan with Kosta Koufos?

The Kings seemed destined to move Koufos this summer, but not his future seems less certain it seemed inevitable entering the summer that the Sacramento Kings would trade Kosta Koufos. The veteran center had been a significant signing last year, but never meshed alongside DeMarcus Cousins. If the two couldn't play together, the team would be forever limited in lineup flexibility. And that was before the Kings spent two first round picks on big men. And yet here we are, with Koufos still on the roster and no indications that he’ll be traded before training camp. It could still happen, of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 10, 2016

30Q: Where do we find the optimism?

It’s tough being a Kings fan, but fans always find something to root for. It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. I had a friend recently tell me, “Man, you’re really down about the Kings this year aren’t you?”. It’s definitely true. I’m having a hard time finding that same passion and excitement before a season as I have in years past. It probably has to do with getting burned so many times. There’s only so much optimism I can muster when the team fails to...
Sactown Royalty Sep 9, 2016

30Q: Is Ty Lawson Finished?

The Kings desperately need Ty Lawson to step up, but is there anything left to salvage? It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. The Sacramento Kings have collected a colorful cast of players for the upcoming season. Arguably the most noteworthy addition is Ty Lawson. He's only 29 years old, and has manned the point guard spot for playoff-caliber teams in the past. But last season was easily the lowest point of his career. It has been a catastrophic fall from grace for the once...
Sactown Royalty Sep 8, 2016

30Q: What will happen with Rudy Gay?

On a team full of question marks, Rudy Gay may be the biggest It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. The Sacramento Kings have assembled a roster full of questions, and Rudy Gay may be the biggest unknown on the roster. Rudy saw his role on the team marginalized under George Karl, and struggled with nagging injuries. It was a disappointing season for the Kings forward, and left Rudy so frustrated that he spoke publicly about his frustration during the summer. Those feelings may...
Sactown Royalty Sep 7, 2016

30Q: Will the Kings' bench still be a liability?

Is this the year the Kings finally cobble together a good bench? It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. For years now, the Kings have struggled to put together what one would call a "good" team. Over-matched or ill-fitting starting lineups have long been buoyed by bench units with little juice or, sometimes, "NBA-level talent." The year before new ownership took over, the team was actually relying on the likes of Travis Outlaw, Jimmer Fredette, and Chuck Hayes, among others, to...
Sactown Royalty Sep 6, 2016

Kings sign Isaiah Cousins to partially-guaranteed deal

He’ll have a shot to make the team, but in all likelihood he’ll probably be playing for the Reno Bighorns. The Kings officially announced today that they have signed rookie Isaiah Cousins. Cousins was taken with the 59th pick in last season’s draft after playing four seasons at the University of Oklahoma. Yahoo!’s Shams Charania reported earlier that Cousins’ deal is for one year and is only partially guaranteed. In layman’s terms, that means Cousins basically has a training camp contract and will have to earn his spot on the roster. He’ll be competing with two other...