Vivek Ranadive Rumors

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The Yahoo story, of course, made it clear that Calipari hadn’t been offered a job, so it was an easy thing for him to deny. By saying for the umpteenth time that he will be staying in Lexington, Calipari successfully squelched his latest NBA flirtation — but did nothing for the dumpster fire that is the Kings. While Ranadive, the owner, has dispatched lawyers to peruse coach George Karl’s coaching contract for ways to fire him for cause, league sources told CBSSports.com, it’s viewed in the coaching industry as a long shot at best.
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An NBA source has confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom that Ranadivé and Calipari are friends and may have had off-the-cuff conversations about the coach coming to Sacramento, but nothing substantive and certainly nothing imminent. Their conversations over the last few weeks revolved around repairing the team’s relationship with Cousins and the drafting of Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein.
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John Calipari to Sacramento?

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The Sacramento Kings are probing University of Kentucky coach John Calipari about his interest in taking over the franchise’s front-office and coaching jobs, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings’ ownership group in recent weeks, league sources said. Calipari has listened to scenarios with which the Kings could offer him complete control of the franchise’s fledgling basketball operations to go along with coaching, league sources said.
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The naming rights deal is impressive in its originality and scope. The deal is worth $120 million over 20 years, making it one of the largest in NBA history. However, it is the local sponsor that is most interesting. “We were looking to develop the world’s best arena, and we cast a wide net for a naming rights partner from Silicon Valley to Shanghai,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé. When it came down to it, the best partner was a local partner. “We had a pre-existing relationship with Golden 1 and built out the partnership from there. It became clear that the visions were aligned. Our mission statements were aligned. We both focus on community first. Everything was aligned, and it was a perfect match.” – Vivek Ranadivé – It is this type of strategic alignment that will help the Kings bring their local brand global. The exposure for the Kings, and in turn Golden 1, will grow together as the new arena opens up.

Kings owner won't allow George Karl to trade DeMarcus Cousins

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The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in trading for Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, as ESPN’s Marc Stein has reported, and are willing to give up the No. 2 pick for him, but a source close to the Kings tells ESPN’s Chris Broussard that owner Vivek Ranadive will not allow coach George Karl to trade Cousins. Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Karl is pushing the Kings to trade Cousins.
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“We have zero interest in moving Cousins, so I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Ranadive said when asked about an ESPN.com report in which a Kings-Los Angeles Lakers-Orlando Magic trade scenario was discussed. “But if you like, you should talk to (Kings vice president of basketball and franchise operations) Vlade (Divac), because I know Vlade feels exactly the same way. And I’m deferring to Vlade on everything. We have no interest in moving him. From my perspective, it’s really simple: we feel that he’s a one-of-a-kind player, and we have a group of players right now and we’re going to build on it.”
This iconic civic space will showcase world-class art and entertainment, as well as the latest in environmental and technological innovations. The indoor-outdoor design celebrates and allows visitors to enjoy Sacramento’s climate and culture. In addition to farm-to-fork concessions, the arena’s facade patterns will depict leaves and trees cut into perforated metal, fitting for the “City of Trees.” The adjacent public plaza will also be a microcosm of the region’s agriculture and outdoor lifestyle with a bosque and hydroponic gardens. Golden 1 Center will help attract 1.6 million new visitors to downtown Sacramento each year, which is expected to help generate more than $8.5 million in sales tax and approximately $867,000 in transient occupancy taxes each year.
Golden 1 Credit Union (Golden 1) and Sacramento Kings today announced a naming rights partnership establishing Golden 1 Center as the name for Sacramento’s world-class entertainment and sports center scheduled to open in fall of 2016. As a result of the partnership, Golden 1 becomes the first credit union in the country to secure the naming rights for a major league professional sports venue. “For more than 80 years, Golden 1 Credit Union has been investing in people by helping them make the most of their money and achieve their dreams,” said Golden 1 President and Chief Executive Officer Donna Bland. “Golden 1 Center demonstrates our continued commitment and investment in the people and future of Sacramento, while also advancing our ability to provide our members with more auto loans, affordable home loans, free checking and so many other valued and convenient financial services. Our future, our members’ future, and Sacramento’s future are one. We are very proud to invest in the community that has for so long invested in us.”