• Geoff Petrie said last week that contacting the Kings own free agents ranked high among his checklist of priorities.  Now that NBA personnel are allowed to speak directly with players today, Samuel Dalembert and Marcus Thornton should be hearing from the Kings very soon, reports Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee this morning.  ”‘We’ve had quite a bit of interest, and what we’re doing is communicating with people,’ said Tony Dutt, Thornton’s agent. ‘I guess this week will be a big week.’  Thornton’s qualifying offer from the Kings is worth a little more than $1 million, but he’s expected to receive a multiyear deal worth more than that. How much depends on what the Kings offer and how much another team might be willing to sign Thornton to in an offer sheet.  Dutt said he has had “consistently good dialogue with the Kings,” one of five teams that have shown consistent interest in Thornton.  The next couple of days will be fast-paced,’ Dutt said.”
  • Nick Young appears to be another free agent option popping up on Sacramento’s radar according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.  Young has at least five teams, including the Kings, looking at him.  ”Nick Young is a free agent for the first time in his career and may be forced to ponder leaving the only organization for which he has played. The Washington Wizards intend to retain him but realize that they will have competition from several teams, including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento and Phoenix, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.”
  • Chuck Hayes has said his preference is to stay with the Houston Rockets.  However, the Kings’s willingness to meet his asking price might bring him to Sacramento this season.  Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported over the weekend: ”The Sacramento Kings have emerged as a frontrunner to sign Rockets free-agent forward Chuck Hayes, league sources said. Sacramento had wanted to sign Hayes to a lucrative one-year deal to keep cap space for the summer of 2012, but could come back with the kind of multiyear offer now needed to acquire him. For Hayes, a native of nearby Modesto in Northern California, it would be a unique chance to return home.”
  • Like Hayes, J.J. Barea doesn’t want to leave Texas either.  Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas said on Friday the Puerto Rican guard is leaving it up to the Mavs to make him an offer he won’t refuse.  “During a brief phone conversation Friday with Barea, who is in the Dominican Republic before he returns to Dallas next week, he reiterated that he hopes to again be playing for Dallas and that the ball is in the Mavs’ court.  ’I always said that’s my first option,’  Barea said. ‘I did my job last year.’  He said he is not necessarily chasing the highest offer or a starting job, saying, ‘I just want what I deserve.’”