October 19, 2020, 1:20 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
According to NBC Sports, De'Aaron Fox will seek a five-year max contract extension and the Kings are likely to meet his demands and lock down their star point guard.
Fox is undoubtedly the team's best guard and most valuable asset, so it's no surprise he wants the most the Kings can offer. The team may have been reticent to extend such an offer prior to the bubble, given Fox's propensity to sprain his ankles this year. But he had the best stretch of his season in Orlando, increasing his scoring significantly from 20.4 to 26.2 points per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field. If he maintains that level of play the Kings should have no qualms about giving Fox a blank cheque.
Source: James Ham for NBC Sports
October 15, 2020, 12:00 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
The Bucks have interest in bringing in restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanović to add to their core, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Bogdanović will be an intriguing name this offseason with a duplicate at the shooting guard position in Sacramento. It seems highly unlikely that Buddy Hield and Bogdanović will both be with the Kings at the start of next season. Hield will begin the four year, $94M contract that he signed in 2019. The Bucks will make some noise this offseason to help their chances at winning a championship in the last season that they have Giannis Antetokounmpo under contract. The franchise hopes to re-sign the Greek Freak to a long-term max extension but it remains unclear if that will happen.
Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic
October 7, 2020, 9:34 amPG, Sacramento Kings
Marc Stein of NY Times is reporting that Alvin Gentry has agreed to become an assistant coach with the Kings.
Gentry will reunite with Luke Walton, as they were both assistant coaches under Steve Kerr with the Warriors a few years ago. It’s a good hire for the Kings who have a new GM and will look to move to a positive direction in the next year.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 24, 2020, 5:21 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Monte McNair explained that the Kings' draft strategy will generally be based on "best player available" and that the they will "look for talent and upside" on November 18.
The most illuminating part of this report is that the Kings will be looking at drafting the best player available. Had they used that approach in 2018 when they drafted Marvin Bagley second overall, the team may have ended up with Luka Dončić. The Kings currently have one pick in the first round (12th) and three second-round picks (35th, 43rd and 52nd)
Source: Sacramento Kings on Twitter
September 23, 2020, 6:31 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Speaking at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Monte McNair said that the vision for the Kings is to play up-tempo behind De'Aaron Fox.
McNair added that Luke Walton agrees with the assessment, which seems questionable given the way that he forced the Kings to slow it down in his first season as head coach. Leveraging Fox's elite quickness to push the pace had Sacramento on the playoff bubble with Dave Joerger at the helm but the team pivoted in another direction last year, trying to fine-tune their halfcourt offense in preparation for grinding, mucky playoff games — games that they didn't qualify for anyway. Beyond Fox, the lack of pace seemed to affect Buddy Hield, so it's encouraging that the new top decision-maker has already identified one of the Kings' best advantages. Time will tell if that's how it plays out on the court.
Source: Matt George on Twitter
September 16, 2020, 9:02 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Shams Charania reported Wednesday night the Kings are hiring the Houston Rockets' assistant GM Monte McNair as their new head of basketball operations.
McNair began his career with the Rockets in 2007 and worked his way up the ranks. He hails from an analytics background and oversaw the Rockets as VP from 2015 forward. It is difficult to know from the outside what effect McNair had on the Rockets' success during that time. This is the type of hire where only time will tell if the Kings have made the right choice.
August 15, 2020, 6:30 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have officially announced the departure of Assistant General Manager Peja Stojakovic.
The news of Stojakovic's departure comes only 24 hours after that of Vlade Divac and was certainly on the horizon given he did not assume the role of GM. It appears as though the Kings are heading down a new path given their recent struggles and what that means for the playing roster remains to be seen.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 6:17 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick is reporting that Vlade Divac has stepped down as GM of the Kings.
Joe Dumars, who had previously been an advisor, will assume GM duties and become the interim VP of Basketball Ops. The Kings have a solid young core but continue to make missteps that keep them out of the playoff conversation. Sacramento's draft choice of Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic will haunt them for a very long time, though Divac did bring some good players into the organization. Still, given the franchise's lack of success under his watch, the Bagley pick may define Divac's legacy. After another wasted season, we'll see if the next regime wants to keep building with the pieces in place or start re-tooling the roster. Amick also reports that Luke Walton's job is safe for the time being despite being a Divac hire.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 5:07 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield spoke to the media for the first time in the Orlando bubble on Thursday and responded to a question about his role with the team by saying "you guys know me…you know how I feel, y'all can read me well."
It appears that Buddy Hield was disappointed with his role as the season drew to a close. He started for the first 44 games before Luke Walton decided to bench Hield in favor of Bogdan Bogdanović. Bogdanović is a restricted free agent and it would be surprising to see both of them return to the Kings next season. The question they have to decide is whether they would prefer to trade Hield, who is under contract for four seasons and $94M, or find a parter to do a sign-and-trade with Bogdanović. It will be an interesting offseason in Sacramento to be sure.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 4:28 pmYogi FerrellPG, Sacramento Kings
Yogi Ferrell saw 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday and contributed 11 points, one rebound, two assists, three steals, two 3-pointers and one turnover.
Ferrell and starter, Cory Joseph split the point guard responsibilities as they both saw 19 minutes. Joseph was also good in his stint, finishing with 13 points (5-of-6), two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three treys and two turnovers. The Kings will hope to have a much healthier season from their youngsters including De'Aaron Fox so that they don't have to rely on Cory Joseph or Yogi Ferrell for starter-level minutes.
August 13, 2020, 4:23 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica nearly had himself a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.
Bjelica was able to produce standard league value throughout the entire season as the Kings' frontcourt was devastated by injuries. He added two steals, one block and one 3-pointer while committing only one turnover. Bjelica could produce similar value next season but it remains unclear if he will have the same role when his teammates return to full health.
August 13, 2020, 4:18 pmJabari ParkerPF, Sacramento Kings
Jabari Parker missed only shot on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 29 minutes.
Parker had an impressive stretch of standard league value with the Hawks earlier in the season when John Collins was serving his suspension. However, he faded even before Collins returned and was irrelevant from a fantasy perspective since joining the Kings. Parker could produce value if he has an expanded role but he has struggled to find that so far in his career.
August 13, 2020, 4:14 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanović led the Kings to a 136-122 victory over the Lakers on Thursday, pouring in 27 points including five 3-pointers.
Bogdanović added six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a turnover in 26 minutes. He is a restricted free agent now that the season is over and will likely get a big contract after career-highs in points, EFG% and 3PM in 29.0 mpg. The competition at shooting guard, Buddy Hield, was also impressive with 28 points including eight trifectas. Hield added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench. It will be interesting to see what the Kings do in the offseason as they have two impressive shooting guards in Hield and Bogdanović
August 13, 2020, 1:22 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley will miss Thursday's game against the Lakers with a foot sprain.
Bagley hasn't played in the bubble and the Kings have no reason to rush him back.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 6:01 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right hip soreness) will not suit up for the team's season finale with the Lakers on Thursday.
Holmes looked out of sorts when he was able to play in the bubble, finishing the Orlando bubble outside of standard league value. Hopefully, this will allow Holmes to have some value heading into next year's drafts. Alex Len and Harry Giles should get extra run on Thursday.
Source: NBA Injury Report