A lot to discuss today including Giants, A's, NFL training camp plus Jerry Reynolds in-studio & Kings head coach Michael Malone will join us
Back to Vegas for Team USA basketball. Camp opens tomorrow. Expecting Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to be a lock to make the team
Kings SL champ Josh Owens signs with Trento. An ex-Stanford blue-collar PF who loves to play above the rim.
Kings see Casspi as a 3/4 who adds some diversity to the roster in terms of skills.
The Kings seriously considered putting in a waiver claim on Casspi, but gambled that he wouldn't get claimed, looks like it'll pay off.
Then the Kings can pick up Acy's option ... and then figure out what to do with Jason Terry and all their power forwards.
Kings did not put in a waiver bid on Omri Casspi for luxury tax reasons. Can now sign him and save about 200K against cap, I'm told.
To clarify: Casspi one-year deal with Kings expected to happen, but not finalized yet.
Kings signed Omri Casspi to a one-year deal. They planned on grabbing him if he cleared waivers. Sac is where he started as rookie in 2009
Kings drafted Casspi in first round in 2009 and will bring him back now on one-year deal that should also allow them to hang onto Quincy Acy
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
Casspi clearing waivers actually helps Sacramento's bid to sign him. Kings can now add OC AND keep Quincy Acy without going into luxury tax
When Casspi was traded, sources close to him listed Kings, Mavericks, Knicks and Lakers as possible spots if he cleared waivers.
One more thing: Kings' interest in Omri Casspi is not a sign they do not want Quincy Acy. Completely different games, skills.
Kings love Acy, who worked hard on his game and had solid summer league and want to explore ways to keep him, improve team w/o luxury tax
Deadline for Kings to make a decision on Quincy Acy has been extended to Aug. 15, giving more time to figure out ways to keep 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
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
Raptors will hold a portion of training camp in Vancouver, practicing on Oct 3-4, facing Kings on Oct 5. They'll open camp in TO on Sept 29
One of the most asked questions: "What are the Kings doing?"
What I learned on today's chat: Reggie Evans and Quincy Acy are your 2 fave Kings PFs
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.