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Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 22: Larry Coon breaks down new CBA

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Now that the NBPA has officially recertified as a union, NBA owners and players can begin putting the final touches on a new collective bargaining agreement.  Larry Coon is author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ and he joins James Ham and Jonathan Santiago to break down aspects of the new deal in today's Cowbell Kingdom Podcast. Highlights
  • On the new amnesty rule: "I think this is cool.  I think one of the things the league needs more of is silent auctions and that's what they got here."
  • Today is the day B-List issues in the new CBA are being addressed.  What's Coon's take on one of those minor issues - the draft age limit?  I was thinking that the age limit was something the players would use as a trade chip.  They would say: "Alright, you want the higher age limit?  We'll give it to you as long you give us something else here, " and I think that's something that might happen when they start talking about it.
  • What does this new CBA mean for free agents and the NBA trade market today? "For a team like the Kings, I think restricted free agents are going to be more in play because they shortened the matching period for the original team from seven days to three days.  Now other teams aren't going to be tying up their salary so much and they're going to be more willing to go after other team's players."
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Francisco Garcia first King to return to Sacramento practice facility

Swingman Francisco Garcia was the first King to take advantage of the open door policy at the Kings Practice Facility today.  Kings.com provides video of the media session after the jump.  But before that, here are a few highlights.
  • Garcia said he kept in touch with his teammates during the lockout.  He said he believes Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson will be back in Sacramento on Monday and thinks DeMarcus Cousins will be back Tuesday.  Garcia also spoke to Samuel Dalembert today and would like to see the Haitian center back in a Kings uniform this year.
  • Garcia was in the Dominican Republic for most of the lockout.  He did attend one the union meetings in New York.
  • Garcia on being the first King to return. "It's been a long time.  Actually, it feels like a couple years since we've been back."
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Kings preseason games announced

The Sacramento Kings have sent out an official press release to announce their two-game preseason schedule for this abbreviated off-season.  Kings fans who are desperate for some NBA action will have to watch the 2011-12 version of the Sacramento Kings tip-off in Oakland for a match-up against the Golden state Warriors. &... More

Help us out? Take the 2011 Cowbell Kingdom Reader Survey

Thank you to all you loyal readers, listeners and followers of Cowbell Kingdom.  Since Zach Harper started the blog in 2009, we've continued to grow and evolve as a source of information for the Sacramento Kings fan community.  With that said, we could use your help. If you can, please take this short five-question, complet... More

Five takeaways from Geoff Petrie’s Wednesday presser

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The NBA shut down all basketball-related communication from league front offices during the lockout.  Yesterday afternoon, Geoff Petrie broke his silence, addressing media for the first time since June.   After the jump are a few bullet-point takeaways from Wednesday's media session with the Kings President of Basketball Operations. ... More

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 <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sam_amick/11/26/tentative.deal/index.html" target="_blank">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