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July 29, 2014 Updates

Actually, Cousins is obsessed with making this team. He practiced with the Kings during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, then returned to Los Angeles and resumed his training. Colangelo and Krzyzewksi judged him to be in “pretty good shape” on an opening day that included almost an hour of scrimmaging. Starting on a white-clad squad that featured Stephen Curry, John Wall, Gordon Hayward and Kenneth Faried, Cousins occasionally struggled to run the floor – a historically weak part of his game – but was impressive overall and, for long stretches, was the best player on the court. Sacramento Bee

The Kings starting center has a realistic chance of making this summer’s roster that will represent the U.S. at the FIBA World Championships in Spain next month. As a versatile, skilled big man, Cousins brings unique talent to the table, which puts him in strong consideration for this year’s team. “He’s a traditional big,” fellow USA Basketball teammate Kevin Durant said of Cousins after the first day of practice yesterday afternoon. “But also a guy that can step out and shoot it a little bit, can handle the ball. He’s a bruiser, man.” Cowbell Kingdom

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Marc Stein: Based on my famously dodgy math, Casspi's current contract would have exceeded Sacramento's mere $976,295 under the tax line. This way Casspi can sign deal that only counts for $915,243 on Kings' cap and allows SAC to keep Quincy Acy as opposed to waiving him first Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Omri Casspi, in a surprise, has just cleared waivers and is a free agent. With Casspi on a favorable minimum contract, expectation was that he'd be claimed, with Sacramento among the teams expected to put in a bid Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

The Sacramento Kings today announced two additions to the business operations staff: Juan Rodriguez will serve as general manager and senior vice president of arena operations, and Colin Twomey will serve as director of business strategy. NBA.com

It’s undeniable that in three full NBA seasons, the No. 2 overall pick from the 2011 NBA Draft has failed to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon such highly touted prospects. Heading into this offseason, his game was in need of significant adjustment, and that was why he consented to play in Las Vegas. Or at least that should have been the primary reason. “Man, I don’t feel like I really need to prove anything,” Derrick Williams said after practice between the Kings’ first two summer league games. “I just know I want to get better with the team. That’s what I use summer league for. Just all get better, not just myself. Obviously you want to get better individually, but we’re here to play together and get this chemistry going. Myself, Q (Quincy Acy), Ray (McCallum), Ben (McLemore), some of the returners, we gotta get that chemistry since we’re so young.” Cowbell Kingdom

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Marc Stein: Omri Casspi has already publicly expressed interest in returning to Kings and word is Sacramento is planning to put in a waiver claim on him. Claiming Casspi off waivers would enable Kings to secure his rights without messing with free agency ... IF they are only team to claim him. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Yet, the Kings seemed to look for someone to replace Thomas at every opportunity. "They were," he said matter-of-factly. "I felt very disrespected. Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently. They're going to go forward without me, and I'm going to go forward with the Phoenix Suns, and I know something special is coming here." Arizona Republic

Sam Amick: Omri Casspi is hopeful that (once waived by NO) he can re-sign w/ Kings. He could make a lot more overseas but won't give up his NBA dream. Twitter @sam_amick

Before the conversation ended, Casspi talked again about his early NBA career and expressed a desire to return to the city where it began. Once he is waived by the Pelicans, he added, he can sign with any other club. “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 to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the national team, and maybe, I can get some of this pressure off my chest.” Sacramento Bee

 

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