HoopsHype Greivis Vasquez rumors


October 14, 2013 Updates
October 9, 2013 Updates

Sacramento Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez is expected to make his debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, a source told Yahoo Sports. Vasquez underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle on May 24 and was projected to miss 12 to 16 weeks. He took part in the Kings’ training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., but did not play in the preseason opener against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Yahoo! Sports

October 6, 2013 Updates

Though Vasquez's contract ends at the end of this season, the fourth-year veteran is itching for an extended stay, both to facilitate the Kings' return to the elite and to further the game in his homeland. Carl Herrera and Oscar Torres are the only other Venezuelans to play in the NBA. In the meantime, Vasquez has a bit of a transition to make. His jersey number isn't J-Will's 55. "No. 10," he said, laughing. "Mike Bibby. It's an honor." Sacramento Bee

October 1, 2013 Updates

Vasquez spoke highly of Isaiah Thomas, telling media that he “loves that kid”. Vasquez is clearly relishing the competition between him and Thomas, but was mindful to remind everyone that they are teammates first and foremost. ”One thing we got clear is (that it’s) not about ‘we gotta be the heroes’,” Vasquez said. ”We gotta help this team win. As long as it goes (down that line) and we think about (the) Sacramento Kings, thats the most important thing for both of us. Today in practice, obviously we went at each other and we tried to get each other better. Because at the end of the day, we’re trying to get this team better.” Cowbell Kingdom

"I'm 85-90 percent ready," Vasquez said. "I'm going to go through camp for sure, I'm going to do everything we have to do but I'm probably going to play limited minutes through the first coupile of games because I want to be playing in April. I don't want to overload my ankle right now and not be able to play later on. Coach Malone is very aware of that." Tomorrow's practice will begin the debate over who should be the starting point guard - Vasquez or returning starter Isaiah Thomas. Sacramento Bee

September 10, 2013 Updates
September 2, 2013 Updates

The Kings have a new ownership group, a new president, a new general manager, a new arena and a new coaching staff headed by Mike Malone. The expectations will be high and the doubts are unavoidable. How will all of these new elements fit? Will the team come out benefiting? "We expect to have a great and very productive year," Vasquez said. "I hope to be able to help my team win a lot of games and get to the playoffs," he said, something Vazquez hasn't achieved since his time with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2011. "I like it a lot, it's a young team, a new coach, a new general manager, so good things are expected," Vasquez said. Vasquez radiates optimism. He feels that the Venezuelan national team will go to the 2014 World Championship in Spain. That the season with the Kings will be a success and that he will be 100 percent with the season coming up. For now, as he feels the sorrow of not having been able to participate in the FIBA Americas Championships, the player awaits his moment while working on perfecting his role as Venezuela's ambassador on and off the court. ESPN.com

September 1, 2013 Updates

Assuming there are no major changes before training camp, break down your current roster. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Obviously, we have three point guards. Greivis Vasquez, a guy who gives you 14 points and nine assists. The exciting thing about Greivis is, those nine assists per game … we need willing playmakers. I think that's contagious. The fact he's 6-foot-6. You can't teach that. Can he defend? I think so. He doesn't have tremendous foot speed, but he's smart, and he has heart. The fans are going to identify with him. Sacramento Bee

August 26, 2013 Updates
August 23, 2013 Updates

Venezuela star Greivis Vasquez has admitted defeat in his bid to recover from an ankle operation in time to play at the FIBA Americas Championship. The explosive NBA guard, traded earlier this summer from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Sacramento Kings, was desperate to play in front of his home-town fans in Caracas for the second consecutive summer but will have to settle for being a fan as the Venezuelans attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. "My ankle is much better and Dr (Richard) Ferkel told me that I have his permission to begin training on the pick-and-roll, lateral movements and changes in direction," he said. "He stressed that I need a gradual recovery to reach my optimum level. FIBA.com

August 22, 2013 Updates
August 17, 2013 Updates

NBA star Ryan Anderson is going through HELL right now following the suicide of GF Gia Allemand ... so says his ex-teammate Greivis Vasquez, telling our camera guy, Ryan needs his team more than ever right now. The Sacramento Kings star knows Ryan from their days on the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) -- and knew Gia very well from the 2 years she and Ryan dated. Of her death he says, "It's really tough. There are no words." Vasquez says the toll it's taking on Ryan (who found her body) is painful to see. He explains, "It's just hard. I know he's feeling guilty." Adding, "We gotta support him. We gotta be there for him." He goes on. TMZ.com

July 13, 2013 Updates
July 11, 2013 Updates

Kings coach Michael Malone said this about Greivis Vasquez after Wednesday night's scrimmage: “I’ve always been a big fan of Greivis. The first time I saw him play was when he was with the Venezuelan team and I was helping coach the Canadian National team. And they played against Team USA and he had the unenviable task of bringing the ball up the court against Kobe Bryant and Kobe was making him work and I felt bad for the kid. The neat thing about it was watching him develop and grow. I’ve gotten a chance to know Greivis just being in the NBA and competing against him from a coaching standpoint. He’s got great size, 6-foot-6 for a point guard coming off a career year for him.“ Sulia

July 10, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired guard Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings and center Jeff Withey from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Dell Demps. “We are very excited to welcome Tyreke and Jeff to the Pelicans organization,” said Demps. “They are both young, talented players that fit in our system and can contribute to the success of our team moving forward.” In the exchange, the Pelicans dealt Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris to Portland and Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento. NBA.com

July 7, 2013 Updates
July 4, 2013 Updates

As part of a sign-and-trade arrangement, Evans will come to the Pelicans on a four-year, $44 million contract. New Orleans will send guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings and center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers, sources said. Portland will send future draft considerations and cash in the deal, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The trade came after free-agent point guard Jose Calderon rejected a contract offer from the Kings, league sources said. The Kings had hoped to sign Calderon and trade Vasquez to another team. Yahoo! Sports

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