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Kings renounce rights to Samuel Dalembert and three others

Kings clear cap space by renouncing rights of four players. More

Guest Post: Ranking the Sacramento Kings’ top three position battles

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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 . 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

3-on-3 Roundtable: Free agent pursuits for the Sacramento Kings?

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

Monday Cowbell Clippings: Featuring a host of free agent rumblings

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

Cowbell Clippings: Starring a major hurdle in the arena project (December 2, 2011)

Since the unofficial end to the lockout last weekend, news has hit us fast and rapidly.  With so much information breaking left and right, we're starting a new featured post this season highlighting suggested links on opponents, the league and of course the Kings.
  • Sacramento parking spaces and garages have emerged as a potential game-changer in the battle to build a new arena.  However, new findings reported by the Sacramento Bee's Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak suggest they may not be as valuable as the city originally hoped. "But with a pivotal City Council decision on the deal scheduled in less than two weeks, city officials say those parking spots may not be as valuable as originally hoped. City Manager John Shirey told The Bee on Thursday that the assessed value of the city's parking facilities is lower than officials' early 'hopes or expectations.' The recent estimates came from financial consultants at Bank of America. Multiple sources familiar with the details of the project told The Bee this week that the city may be able get $200 million – or slightly more – in upfront cash by leasing its parking operations to a private company. That would include 7,200 spaces in garages, 5,500 on-street spaces and parking citation revenue. Shirey would not confirm that figure, but he said the new estimates are lower than originally believed. Officials have never said publicly what their early estimates were."
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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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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

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

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Jason Thompson

With all of the golf coverage from this last weekend, we got away from the morning cup o' Kings.  Today, we are back and since it's his birthday, we will look into some old footage of Kings power forward/center Jason Thompson as a senior at Rider University. Kings President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie, became known for his ability to mine talent in Europe through the late 90's and early 2000's.  Peja Stojakovic and Hedo Turkoglu became crucial pieces during the glory years of Kings basketball, both drafted as young European prospects by Petrie and his staff.  Following the European invasion, Petrie turned to players from small U.S. colleges such as Western Carolina, Rutgers and Rider.  Like his European picks, Petrie found success, first with Kevin Martin and most recently with Jason Thompson. Thompson started out hot as a rookie, joining Spencer Hawes in a promising front line.  But the hope that a Spencer Hawes/Jason Thompson front court could return the Kings to the playoffs dissipated quickly.  Before last season, Hawes was traded to Philadelphia with Andres Nocioni for center Samuel Dalembert, clearing minutes for rookie DeMarcus Cousins.   Lost in a four man rotation of Dalembert, Cousins and Carl Landry, Thompson struggled in his transition to a role player.  After starting 114 games his first two seasons, JT started only 39 games last season and saw his minutes drop from 31.4 in year two to just 23.3 in his third year as a pro. More after the jump... ... More