Sacramento Kings Rumors
Sean Cunningham: Predictably so, told Jason Thompson is thrilled to be heading home to Philly. His franchise high games played ends at 541 – 405 as starter
Derek Bodner: League source confirms the #sixers get the Kings 2018 1st round pick (at earliest) and right to swap 1st rd pick with Kings in 2016 + 2017.
The Sacramento Kings have entered the race for Portland Trail Blazers free-agent swingman Wesley Matthews, according to league sources, and have agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in an effort to clear salary-cap space. The Kings, sources say, are now pursuing at least three top free agents: Monta Ellis, Rajon Rondo and Matthews, the latter of whom they have secured a face-to-face sitdown with on Thursday.
The Sacramento Kings cleared about $16 million in salary-cap space on Wednesday night, unloading two significant contracts onto the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings traded forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and 2014 No. 8 overall draft pick Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for the rights to overseas players and a future second-round draft pick, sources said. The Kings will send the Sixers a protected future first-round draft pick as part of the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sacramento wants to pursue several free agents with the space, including point guards Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, sources said. The Indiana Pacers were meeting with Ellis on Wednesday in Indiana and working to reach a deal with him, league sources told Yahoo.: 15 more rumors
David Aldridge: Dallas’ chances looked very good with Wes Matthews this afternoon; now Kings very strongly in the mix. Didn’t mean to leave out Toronto in Matthews dance; Raps still in it, too. But Sac has changed the calculus.: 11 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings are seriously interested in free agent guard Monta Ellis too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports .: 15 more rumors
Zach Lowe: Hearing the Sixers have also acquired the rights to at least one Sacto draft pick in this trade. Digging further.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento is trading Jason Thompson and Carl Landry as part of a salary dump to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Kings are sending Nik Staukas to the 76ers as part of the deal too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento is clearing the space for a pursuit in free agency, league sources tell Yahoo. Stauskas had been pursued by several teams. 76ers sending the rights of oveseas players to Kings as part of Philly wanted Stauskus and will take on Thompson/Landry salaries.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings clearing the salary cap space to pursue free agents Rajon Rondo and Wes Matthews, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 7 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings have expressed interest in Dahntay Jones, according to league sources.
Chris Broussard: As Monta Ellis dines right now with Larry Bird, the Hawks, Kings and Knicks showing interest in Ellis, sources said
Chris Broussard: Sources: Kings, Knicks, Wizards, Dallas and Pacers are registering interest in Derrick Williams: 1 more rumor
Certainly, when point guard Rajon Rondo envisioned the start of the 2015 free agency period, he imagined a lot more attention than he’s received so far. But that could change quickly, a source told Sporting News, as Rondo is in the process of arranging a meeting with the Kings that could soon yield a deal.
Sean Cunningham: Rudy Gay said he will return to Team USA camp in August in hopes to make the Olympic roster
Napear recalled that the Kings’ relationship with Robinson got off to a bad start. “I think he came into summer league almost with the attitude: ‘I’m the big man on campus. I’m going to show everybody how to play,’” Napear said. “He’s trying to play point guard. He’s trying to play shooting guard, and he was just really, really bad in summer league.”
Ailene Voisin: Kings intent on re-signing Omri Casspi, who desperately wants to return and play for George Karl. OC is also a Fegan client (DMC) so beware.
Ken Berger: In addition to Pacers, the Hawks, Nuggets and Kings calling on Monta Ellis, source says. With Dwyane Wade in limbo, Heat could be factor.
Marc J. Spears: Kings VP Vlade Divac has called free agent guard Rajon Rondo and requested that he visit Sacramento, a source said. Contract not offered YET: 7 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Interest in Kings reciprocal by free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, source said. Rondo’s close friend Rudy Gay of Kings key for Sac’s hopes.
David Aldridge: Kings’ push for Rajon Rondo will likely result in Sacramento visit in next day or two, per source. Sides will talk again Wednesday.
Ailene Voisin: Been hearing for weeks that Danny Green is Kings No.1 target. Size, shooting, defending, ball movement and pacing … ideal in GK system.
Jonathan Feigen: In addition to call from Rockets, @Patrick Beverley has gotten calls from Sacramento, Dallas and New York, source said.
Sam Amick: The Kings, as expected, wasted no time in reaching out to free agent point guard Rajon Rondo. Already being aggressive, I’m told.: 7 more rumors
Sean Cunningham: Once free agency window opened, hearing the Sacramento Kings have expressed interest in both Rajon Rondo and Danny Green.: 13 more rumors
Marc J. Spears: Free agent PG Rajon Rondo is intrigued by Kings & their roster, source said. He’s also close friends with Rudy Gay & doesn’t know Coach Karl: 7 more rumors
Chris Mannix: As reported, Sacramento will show interest in Monta Ellis. Another team expected to be hot on the trail of Ellis, per source: Indiana.: 15 more rumors
Sean Cunningham: Sources: Both Kings & Rajon Rondo have strong, mutual interest. Expected that they will talk tonight. Rudy Gay pushing hard for Rondo: 7 more rumors
Chris Mannix: Another name on Sacramento’s radar, per source: Jeremy Lin.: 2 more rumors
Jason Jones: Kings majority owner says report of team’s interest in Kentucky’s John Calipari ‘categorically untrue’ sacb.ee/3CX3: 5 more rumors
John Calipari: For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Stefan Bondy: Still, consistently hear from people close to Calipari that he wants another shot at the NBA as GM + coach.
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.
Chris Broussard: Sources: Sac, Wash, Hou, LAL, Mia, Phx, NYK expected to show interest in Derrick Williams
Marc Stein: Free-agent scuttle: Kings forward Rudy Gay is among loudest voices urging on-the-market point guard Rajon Rondo to come to Sacramento
Bill Herenda: Hearing that Ben McLemore & Ray McCallum are not likely to be on #Kings summer league roster #NBA #SacKings #KingsTalk
Meanwhile, Vlade Divac, the Kings’ vice president of basketball and franchise operations, told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Tuesday that a Yahoo! Sports report about Calipari’s interest in coaching and running the Kings’ front office is “absolutely not true.” Said Divac: “The only person in our organization who [handles] something like this is me, and I’ve had zero conversations with John Calipari. We have a coach here.”: 5 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Kings like FA’s @Rajon Rondo & @Jeremy Lin. Eyes Ty Lawson, Dennis Schroder, Jrue Holiday n trades. Plan 2 play another PG w/DCollison
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.: 5 more rumors
A source has confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom that barring an unforeseen event, Karl will remain the head coach of the Kings this season. Vlade Divac, the team’s vice president of basketball and franchise operations is taxed with repairing the relationship between Karl and Cousins which has become non-existent since the season ended.
John Calipari: For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, @Vivek and I have talked on and off about @boogiecousins. .@Vivek has asked me what I thought about @boogiecousins and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of @ThewillieCS15.: 5 more rumors