- On Hickson: "It was a chance to acquire a young player that's already proven himself to a pretty decent level in the league and strengthening our roster. There's still a lot of upside there. Some of the players that were just taken in the draft a week ago aren't a whole lot younger than J.J. and he's had three years in the league and been more productive each year. It really falls, I think, mostly under the category of just improving the quality of your roster overall."
- On the nexus of this trade: "We were having conversations with Cleveland prior to the draft and even somewhat during the draft and it just didn't seem to work. But they continued on here. In order to accomplish this trade today, both teams had to waive physicals and reporting in order to get it complete today."
- On the financial implications: "The other thing about this trade - it does not, again, significantly impact our salary cap room going forward at all. So when we get to free agency, we'll still be basically in the same position. We have to go and make other additions to the roster."
- On Casspi: "Omri has had some pretty good stretches himself as a player and we wanted to make sure we could get fair value for him if we ever did move him."
“Protection specifics on pick going from Kings to Cavs: Protected 1-to-14 in 2012, 1-to-13 in 2013, 1-to-12 in 2014, 1-to-10 from 2015-2017; If first-round pick is not conveyed from SAC to CLE by 2017, then Kings convey their 2017 second-rounder to Cavaliers (protected 56-60)”As an Israeli Kings’ fan, this hurts, but it makes a lot of sense. Between the re-acquired John Salmons, the previously present Francisco Garcia and Donté Greene, and the newly drafted Tyler Honeycutt, the 3 was by far the Kings’ most crowded position. Meanwhile, Casspi is coming off a second straight season of falling out of the rotation post-January, and has been mired with inconsistency throughout his Kings tenure. If any small forward was to go, it was Omri. With his main competition on the Cavs being… umm… well… yeah, he should be starter from day one, with a young, passing point guard to grow old next to, and a fanbase that could use a high-energy guy such as him. This is a great opportunity for him, even if seeing him leave Sactown is sad. ... More
At a press conference today from the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Downtown Sacramento, the regional arena commission, recently renamed Think Big Sacramento, released a study identifying the economic benefits of a new entertainment and sports complex. According to the report, the key findings are:
- $157 million in revenue for the entire region on an annual basis, including $100 million in Downtown Sacramento, $116 million to the City of Sacramento, $131 million to the County of Sacramento and $157 million to the greater Sacramento region.
- Over a thirty year period, the Sacramento region will receive over $7 billion in economic activity.
- 3.1 million new visitors to Downtown Sacramento annually.
- An increase of over 300,000 guests to hotels within walking distance of a new downtown arena, should they spend at least one evening overnight in Sacramento.
- Fiscal benefits for government agencies created by the three-million new visitors include $6.7 million annually generated by $5.8 million in sales taxes over $900,000 in transient occupancy taxes. Additional revenue would be expected to be generated by increases in other sources of government.
Apparently, Jimmer Fredette is not afraid to answer any question thrown at him. The Kings' new point guard went on the Jim Rome Show today, just six days after being drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. I'm not so sure about the new moniker, "The Savior of Sacramento," but Jimmer took it in stride and actually ran with it. Remember this post about pressure? Yikes, it just got a little bit hotter.Jim Rome: You've already been glossed, "The Savior of Sacramento"... hey listen, there's been a lot expected of you for a very long time, the crown is big, but you've worn this thing pretty comfortably, but still, that's a big, big deal- the Savior of Sacramento. As you've mentioned, you've got some good young players on that team. When you hear that, is that something you're comfortable with? Jimmer Fredette: You know, I guess so, a little bit. I feel like, hopefully, I can help this team, you know, win more games. I think that if we are successful on the floor, and continue to progress as a team, the fans and everybody will be excited about us. Everybody's real excited just because I was a big name in the college game and one of the more highly touted people going into this draft. So they (Sacramento fans) are really excited and I think I can bring a good game to their table and hopefully, like I said, win more ball games. And if we do that, I think the city will get behind us and we can get it back to the Kings of the old days. Jim Rome: Jimmer, you were a big name in the college game, as you pointed out. Do you expect to be a big name, a huge name in the NBA? Jimmer Fredette: You know, I hope so. I hope I can be. I really believe that I have the skill set to be a great player in this league and I think I can be a starting point guard and go out and play well and have a great career. So, I'm looking forward to being able to do that. I'll work as hard as I can and ease my way into it and continue to get experience and continue to grow as a player in this league. But I believe I can be. I'm not questioning Jimmer or his motivation, I'm just not so sure I want him turning up the heat before he's played in his first game. I can't wait to see how this new nickname looks on a t-shirt. Listen to the clip after the jump. ... More
But as he entered his sophomore NBA season, with high expectations for himself and the team he leads, Evans was already battling a dreaded plantar fasciitis injury to his left foot and trying to be tough for his team. “Just because I’m young, when I got hurt, I tried to play through it, “ Evans said as he reflects on his second season. Tyreke did try to play through it early on and struggled while doing so. He played in 46 of the first 53 games of the 2010-11 season. While it may be unfair to call his averages of 18.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds in those first 46 games struggling, those were the types of expectations his rookie play brought about. He couldn’t explode to the basket in the same way he was used to, and with his struggling jump shot unable to fall, he was constantly left with a physical disadvantage. “It was pretty hard, “ Tyreke admits. “Just knowing that I like to get to the basket, I’ve got to use that leg to push off with.”Zach actually spent a good 12 minutes with Tyreke for that story. We have highlights from that conversation and the audio for your listening pleasure after the jump. ... More