69 results for month: 06/2011

Images: And the lockout begins…

From Kevin Arnovitz's piece on TrueHoop earlier this week: But for the guys who are in charge of those team websites and NBA.com, the pending deadline is a huge deal. That's because the moment the clock strikes midnight on the current CBA, all those images and videos of NBA players have to disappear off NBA-owned digital ... More

Petrie and Westphal on the J.J. Hickson/Omri Casspi trade

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The Sacramento Kings called a press conference early today to announce the acquisition of J.J Hickson from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Omri Casspi and a future first round pick.  Here are the highlights of that news conference: Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations:
  • 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."
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Audio: J.J. Hickson Conference Call

New Kings power forward J.J. Hickson spoke with media today following his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Highlights Hickson was on his way to his gym when he received a phone call from his agent informing him of the trade. Like many NBA players, Hickson is training in Las Vegas and plans on staying there until the ... More

Trade Analysis: Kings acquire J.J. Hickson for Omri Casspi, future pick

In a last minute move before the lockout-imposed deadline, the Kings have decided to solve their self-created logjam at small forward, by trading Omri Casspi and a conditional future first round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson. Marc Stein, via twitter, has the details regarding the pick:
“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

Amidst lockout, arena commission charges forward with economic benefits report


Taylor/ICON artist rendering of new Sacramento SEC.

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.
Among those present today was Think Big Sacramento's Executive Director Chris Lehane.  He said the commission hopes to announce a public-private financing model by the beginning of September.  And with the NBA lockout set to take effect at midnight, Lehane was asked if a work stoppage is a concern regarding the project's momentum. "Obviously (we'll have to) deal with a potential lockout situation," Lehane said. "Obviously we're aware of it and cognizant of it.  But at the end of the day, we've made it pretty clear that this is not solely about building a facility for a professional basketball team.  This is about what makes sense for the broader region and specifically what other types of civic benefits can be derived from this." Also notably in attendance was State Assembly Member Roger Dickinson, Sacramento Councilman Rob Fong and the report's author Cathleen M. Dominico.  She is managing partner of Capitol Public Finance Group -  "a full service, independent public finance consulting firm head-quartered in Sacramento." After the jump, audio of Lehane and Dominico addressing media questions and a link to download the report. ... More

Trade Official: Kings acquire J.J. Hickson for Omri Casspi

It is official.   Omri Casspi and a conditional future first-round pick for J.J. Hickson. Kings VP of Basketball Ops Geoff Petrie: “We’re very excited about the opportunity to acquire J.J. Hickson from the Cavaliers,” said Petrie. “We believe he’ll continue to fortify our frontline going forward. He’s an ... More

Updated: Omri Casspi to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson?

Multiple sources are reporting a deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings involving forwards Omri Casspi and J.J. Hickson is imminent. From Marc Stein, ESPN.com: It's believed that the teams must complete the deal Thursday before midnight to ensure its completion, with a lockout widely expected at 12:01 ... More

Jimmer in the Jungle: The Savior of Sacramento?

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

CK Podcast Extra: Tyreke Evans on vision, recovery and more


Zach Harper and I were both at Tyreke Evans' basketball camp in Oak Park last week.  I posted a few of Tyreke's thoughts before and after the 2011 NBA Draft, while Zach worked on a feature published today on TrueHoop.  An excerpt:
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

Thursday meeting set between owners and players association.

Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal Daily has reported via twitter, that before the NBA collective bargaining agreement ends on Thursday evening, the NBPA and the NBA owners will meet one last time in attempt to avoid a lockout.  Mullen has tweeted these statements by NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter: NBPA Exec Dir ... More