49 results for month: 11/2011

With lockout almost over, Sacramento and NBA ramp up arena negotiations

Now that the five-month work stoppage is nearing an end, the NBA is fully reengaging itself in arena talks with the city.  From Rob McAllister of KFBK Radio: “We’d be only kidding ourselves, we knew the commissioner’s plate was full,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson on how talks had been going with the league. Now, ... More

Dalembert talks Miami, New York and Houston

Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida caught up this weekend with Sacramento Kings free agent center Samuel Dalembert, who is currently in his native Haiti.  Not surprisingly, Dalembert spoke glowingly about the prospect of playing for the Miami Heat, a team in desperate need of a center and only a two hour flight away from ... More

NBA’s tentative labor agreement available, amnesty rule gets a tweak

Our friend Sam Amick of SI.com has landed the new tentative agreement.  While many are focusing on the finer nuances of the BRI split and exceptions, Kings fans should be looking at two specific items. First and foremost, a new provision requires all teams spend a minimum of 85% of the $58-million cap.  What does that mean Kings fans?  The Maloof family must spend at least $49.3 million in salary this season.  Why is this important?  The Sacramento Kings currently have roughly $31.8 million in dedicated salary after signing rookie first round pick Jimmer Fredette.  That leaves a whopping $17.5 million to spend on retaining restricted free agent Marcus Thornton, as well as signing second round picks Isaiah Thomas and Tyler Honeycutt.  $17.5 is the MINIMUM.  In total, the Kings are approximately $26.2 million under the salary cap. Now, here is something new and exciting for you CBA geeks out there.  Yes, there is an amnesty clause which allows every team in the league to jettison one player off of their current roster without either luxury tax or salary cap implications.  BUT, there is something new hiding in the proposal which might come in handy for the Sacramento Kings. ... More

NBA Lockout: Donté Greene’s reaction to players and owners agreement

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To paraphase Roger Mason Jr. - looks like an NBA season, how u?  I touched base with Kings forward Donté Greene this afternoon for his take on the tentative end of the NBA lockout. Thoughts on what's transpired over the last 24 hours? I'm happy, pleased.  Looks like we have a fair deal in place.  So just looking to get back out there and be playing and hanging with my teammates. Have you received any messages from the leadership of the dissolved players unions? Nah, no emails or phone calls quite yet.  I don't think it's a done deal for sure.  Nothing has been signed to my knowledge.  But I believe they're happy with the agreement in place and probably are looking to sign and definitely going to sign. ... More

NBA Lockout: Jason Thompson’s reaction to players and owners agreement

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After 149 days of back and forth negotiations, the NBA Lockout is almost over.  I caught up with Sacramento Kings big man Jason Thompson and picked his brain earlier today on the good news. Your initial reaction to the news. It's a good relief that we're not unemployed and that we got our jobs back and what better day to start than on Christmas.  They say it's tentative right now, but obviously it's good to have hope.  It's going to be good to be around teammates and things like that (again). How did you first hear the news? I mean just like I was telling people.  I heard it through ESPN and stuff like that.  I was out to eat and then I just saw it on the news. ... More

Sacramento Kings react to tentative NBA labor deal

With news of a new labor agreenment being tentatively reached, your Sacramento Kings took to Twitter to share their reactions.  

Is it true The lockout over ?Sat Nov 26 08:39:29 via Echofon


The lockout OVER no more peanut better n jelly sandwiches n Ramen noodlleeeeSat Nov 26 09:03:10 via Echofon

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Lockout ends, are your Sacramento Kings ready?

Every NBA coach has the fear that one or more of his players are going to come back from this long lay off way out of shape.  It's happened before.  Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker are two players that come to mind when people speak of the 1998-99 lockout.  These two went from all-star power forwards to poster children for what can ... More

Game on!

According to multiple sources, the NBA and the organization formally known as the NBA Players Association, have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, insuring that there will be NBA basketball on Christmas day.  Great work by Ken Berger of CBS Sports for breaking the story first, followed by ... More

Tyreke Evans to play overseas, signs in Italy

The NBA and Players Union are resuming labor negotiations today, but Tyreke Evans will not wait for a resolution. Virtus Roma, the Italian team Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings played for, announced they've reached a contract agreement with the Sacramento Kings guard. Scott Schroeder of SB Nation has some details on the ... More

Goon Squad Classic: Overtime Session

Earlier in the week we posted the first quarter action from the Goon Squad Classic.  Today, we have the overtime session, in its entirety for your viewing pleasure.  Special thanks to our friend Tobin Halsey for shooting the action from the baseline while Jonathon and I enjoyed our press seats at the scorers table. http://... More