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July 23, 2014 Updates

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

July 22, 2014 Updates

The Kings are still looking for a power forward. The team inquired about Detroit’s Josh Smith again while in Las Vegas. The Kings aren’t content with their collection of power forwards and would like to move a contract or two to bring in a better complement to Cousins. That would be an athletic shot blocker or a big man who can shoot from long range. Sacramento Bee

There might be some finds on the summer league roster. Forward Quincy Acy has a team option that must be picked up by Saturday to guarantee his contract for next season. Acy showed he can still be energetic defensively while adding an improved jump shot. For approximately $915,000, the Kings have to seriously consider bringing him back. Sacramento Bee

The questions surround the realistic end goal and the larger forces driving the team’s strategy. The Kings are frank about their desire to be a competitive team with legitimate playoff hopes by the time they move into their (unbuilt) new arena in 2016. Rebuilding might be the smart long-term play, but it requires time that franchise higher-ups no longer think they have. “We have an arena coming in two years,” D’Alessandro says. “The clock is ticking. We are going to do everything we can to be a competitive team when we get there. The fans have waited too long. They need to see something now. To put a bad product inside a gorgeous package doesn’t make sense.” Grantland

July 21, 2014 Updates

Sacramento had made calls about Smith in June, but Detroit never heard an offer that remotely interested them and never seriously engaged in discussions, sources told Yahoo Sports. Since his hiring in the spring, Van Gundy has had productive discussions with Smith and sources say that Smith has been enthusiastic about moving forward with Van Gundy as coach. Yahoo! Sports

Moreland is averaging 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in five summer league games. His rebounding and defense might be enough to earn him an invitation to training camp. “I would think so; I think I earned a contract,” Moreland said. “That’s what they asked for, that’s what they’re looking for, that’s what the team needs. But at the same time, I’m not worried about that. I’m focused on winning this game (today).” Sacramento Bee

July 20, 2014 Updates
July 19, 2014 Updates

How would you describe your roots and decision to attend New Mexico State? Sim Bhullar: “I was born in Toronto. My parents are from India – they came over [to Canada] about 30 years ago. I was originally supposed to go to Xavier [but instead] went to New Mexico State, where I knew the assistant there, Paul Weir. We had a good relationship – he’s from Toronto. He brought me out there and I had fun – I had a good two years there.” NBA.com

How would you describe the time you’ve spent in Sacramento? “It’s a big city, it’s a nice city and I really enjoyed my couple of days I was there. I would definitely like playing in Sacramento – being in that market without a whole lot of distractions.” What would it mean to you to become the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA? “It would be big – not just for me, but for the whole country and my community back home. To have the first Indian in the NBA and be one in one billion at this level would be crazy.” NBA.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

On the B.S. Report, DeMarcus Cousins stopped by to talk about free agency, the ins and outs of Kentucky and whether he has a beef with anyone. Here are some highlights: On Blake Griffin and Chris Paul DeMarcus Cousins: I don't have a problem with Blake. Bill Simmons: Oh, you're one of the guys -- there's a lot of guys who CP kind of bugs them. Cousins: Yeah, I dislike CP a lot. Simmons: CP does a lot of talking. Cousins: I know. Simmons: What if you saw him off the court? You'd be OK with him. No? Cousins: I don't have a problem. ESPN.com

 

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