Editor's Note: We were originally planning a 3-on-3 roundtable on this topic. But since our friend section214 of Sactown Royalty fame (who we invited to participate) wrote three, extensive and well-thought responses, we figured we'd run his work as an entire guest post .
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Hey, thanks for inviting me over to the Kingdom. The offices here are much more plush than that dungeon TZ has us writing out of. And the brandy and cigars are a very nice touch. I guess “Insider” sales must be pretty brisk.I’ve given this subject a lot of thought, and by that I mean that I really have not given it much thought at all. But a gig’s a gig, and as this helps meet the requirements of my work release program, I appreciate the opportunity.... More
You may be familiar with ESPN.com's 5-on-5 roundtables, which feature opinion and analysis from ESPN writers and TrueHoop Network contributors on pressing NBA topics. Along with other THN blogs, Cowbell Kingdom is bringing that format to a local level with the introduction of our own 3-on-3 roundtable.
The Sacramento Kings have cap space. A lot of it. They're expected to have roughly $25-million to spend after rookies Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas are signed. So, how should they spend it? Who should be on their radar? James Ham
, Jonathan Santiago
and special contributor Greg Wissinger
, associate editor at Sactown Royalty
, toss out a few players they'd like to see the Kings chase when free agency begins Friday.... More
These uniforms have been in the works for a while. But with the lockout over, the Sacramento Kings will finally unveil their black alternate jerseys in a press conference tomorrow afternoon. The Kings were mum on the subject during the labor impasse. But chatter began to heat up after gamers playing NBA 2K12, the ... More
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 ... More
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."
Listen after the jump...
Photo: Jonathan Santiago/Cowbell Kingdom
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
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
With news of a new labor agreenment being tentatively reached, your Sacramento Kings took to Twitter
to share their reactions. ... More
figures to be one of the top free agent options when the NBA resumes business. But the lockout, 140 days and counting, has kept his big payday on hold. So like the rest of us, he waits."I wasn't expecting for it to go this long," Thornton said over the phone from Louisiana of the league work stoppage. "I'm just sitting back and waiting until everything is done and see what happens then."... More
The Goon Squad Classic, which takes place this Sunday at 6:30 pm at the UC Davis Pavilion, will feature a host of Kings players, past and a present. Kevin Martin, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins and even rookie-to-be Jimmer Fredette are slated to play in the charity exhibition game.Unfortunately, Sacramento Kings guard ... More