HoopsHype Sydney Kings rumors

October 28, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball League charged Sydney Kings player Josh Childress over an alleged strike on Perth Wildcats player Jesse Wagstaff at the Perth Arena on Friday 24 October 2014. The charges levelled against Childress were heard by an independent tribunal this evening and Childress entered a plea of guilty for unduly rough play and bringing the game into disrepute which was accepted. NBL.com.au

November 14, 2013 Updates

Free agent Sam Young has signed a contract with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in a deal that contains an NBA escape clause, agent Joel Bell told RealGM. “Sam had other options, but this one made the most sense and will pay him as the highest player in the league,” Bell said. RealGM

November 4, 2011 Updates

Meanwhile, NBL team the Sydney Kings have revealed they binned an offer from Khloe's husband to play for the team tonight. LA Lakers star forward Lamar Odom, sidelined by the NBA lockout and tagging along with his wife and sister-in-law, approached Kings club management about appearing on a one-off "import" basis - but was knocked back in favour of local players. "We thought the offer was more sideshow than substance," Kings spokesman David Wolf said. "We invited him to the game and there's always room in The Kingdome for the Kardashian entourage ... but to sideline a local player wasn't going to work." Daily Telegraph

October 20, 2011 Updates

Former Sydney Kings owner and one-time basketball supremo Bob Turner who, until recently, had been working with an Australian promoter to bring James out to tour Australia said he'd heard about other "potential tours". "I heard this latest one (rumour) this morning, so who knows?" said Turner. Turner said insuring marquee players like James and Bryant was "pricey" but could be done. "If you play in big enough venues and charge the right prices, you can make it work." Brisbane Times

October 15, 2011 Updates

Superstar centre Andrew Bogut says he will definitely look at playing in the NBL towards the end of his career, after attempts to suit up for the Sydney Kings were stymied by the failure to finalise an insurance policy. The Milwaukee Bucks star became available to play in the NBL because of the current NBA lockout, with players and club owners yet to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining deal. Sydney Morning Herald

October 6, 2011 Updates

Agent David Bauman said Thursday that a deal to put Bogut on the court with the Sydney Kings is "off" because insuring the nearly $40 million remaining on the 7- footer's contract with the Milwaukee Bucks is not feasible. "He's very disappointed because he was hoping to help the profile of the NBL and bring in new fans," Bauman said after speaking to Bogut by phone. "But the risks for his outstanding money were too great." ESPN.com

Andrew Bogut has committed to joining the Sydney Kings on the provision he is able to secure an insurance policy for his whopping $39 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Bogut had been linked to short-term deals with several NBL clubs while the NBA lockout over a pay dispute continues, but today the Australian Boomers star confirmed that Sydney was his club of choice. West Australian

September 3, 2011 Updates

Sydney Kings are chasing the signature of Australia's best basketballer, Andrew Bogut, who is considering playing at home while the National Basketball Association collective bargaining agreement lockout continues. The Sun-Herald can reveal the Kings have held preliminary talks with the Bogut camp about the Milwaukee Bucks and Boomers superstar, in what would be an enormous coup for the rebuilding club. But signing Bogut is going to take plenty of work. A major concern - even if he played for no payment - is a possible $500,000 insurance bill for the 213-centimetre centre. And there is plenty of competition worldwide and domestically, where the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers are already known to be in the hunt. Sydney Morning Herald

The Kings were reluctant to give away too much about their contact with Bogut, but general manager David Wolf confirmed yesterday talks had taken place. ''There have been initial discussions,'' Wolf said. ''Adelaide and Perth are talking it up. We don't want to do that. But, are we in the mix to secure Andrew Bogut? Yes, we are. It's not every day that the best Australian player in the NBA wants to play in Australia. And, if he wants to do that, we want him playing at the best club, which is the Kings. We're keen to explore it. We are absolutely interested in seeing Andrew in a Kings singlet.'' Sydney Morning Herald

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