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- Davion Mitchell and Neemias Queta introduced to Sacramento
Rookies Davion Mitchell and Neemias Queta speak to the media for the first time since being drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2021 NBA Draft.
- Monte McNair reflects on Kings 2021 draft picks
Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair shares his thoughts on the team's selection of Davion Mitchell with the ninth pick and Neemias Queta with the 39th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
- Kings get bigger, aquire Tristan Thompson from Celts
The Sacramento Kings have started the process of bulking up their frontcourt, while clearing out a crowded backcourt. On Friday it was reported that the Kings have agreed to ship veteran point guard Delon Wright to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that would bring center/forward Tristan Thompson to Sacramento from the Boston Celtics. Thompson, 30, brings experience, size and toughness to the paint, something the Kings have had in limited supply of late. While not a serious scoring threat, he is very efficient around the basket and a tenacious offensive rebounder. Last season with the Celtics, he averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in limited minutes. The trade likely signals a future move by the Kings to acquire a starting-caliber center. While Thompson can start in a pinch, having him as your opening day 5 would be viewed as a failure for general manager Monte McNair. Last year’s starting center Richaun Holmes is still a realistic target for the Kings and having Thompson back him up would make a very nice 1-2 punch at the 5. However, Holmes is going to test the free-agent market this summer and there are no guarantees that he will return to Sacramento. The Kings are limited to offering Holmes just $10.4 million for 2021-22 due to restrictions by the CBA. If he will agree to a discount for the upcoming season, Sacramento could offer much more next summer as they would hold his Bird rights (3 years of service). Sacramento does have two other centers on the roster. 7-foot journeyman center Damian Jones has shown hints of some real talent, but more needs to be seen before he is ready for the spotlight. Rookie Neemias Queta is a project with mad defensive skills, but it is too early to project his place with the Kings right now. And yes, there is still a chance that Marvin Bagley could remain in the picture. The often-injured bigman could possibly shift over to the 5 at times if the Kings decide to go with a center-by-committee approach. Not likely, but still on the table as of now. It was recently reported that Sacramento and Memphis were in advanced talks to swap Begley and the ninth pick in the 2021 draft for center Jonas Valanciunas, but the deal fell through at the last minute and the Grizzlies ended up making a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans instead. Blerg! The 6-9 Thompson is in the final year of his contract that will cost the Kings $9.7 million. It was not that Boston did not want his services, it was just that they were up against the luxury tax and desperately needed to shed salary. They had originally hoped he could be a primary scoring threat in the paint, but that just isn’t his thing. He is an extremely good backup big in the MBA these days, nothing more. The move temporarily adds about $1.2 million in salary, but many more moves are expected by McNair in the coming weeks. Decisions on guards Buddy Hield and Terrance Davis, as well as Bagley need to be made, and there is still hope that a major move is coming that could dramatically shakeup the frontcourt. Stay tuned! Notes: Head coach Luke Walton was a teammate of Thompson’s with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011-13.
- The fans are coming back to Sac
Move over creepy cardboard cutouts, real fans are coming back to the G1C. Starting April 20, the Sacramento Kings will be welcoming back as many as 3,500 Kings fans into the Golden 1 Center following Friday’s announcement by California Governor Gavin Newsom that indoor facilities in the state can begin reopening to limited capacity. While the final details on exactly how many fans can return and whether they will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent testing results has not been announced, it is still great news for the Kings’ faithful who want to cheer on the squad as they make their push for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. “We are excited about today’s announcement regarding indoor professional sports venues and look forward to safely welcoming fans back to the arena in the near future”, in a statement by the Sacramento Kings. “ On behalf of the entire organization, we thank Governor Newsom, state and county public health officials and the NBA who have worked tirelessly to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, providing prevention guidelines and protocols and for collaborating to create a robust health and safety plan that enables guests to return to Golden 1 Center.” Based on the remaining schedule, Sacramento will host eight games to close out the regular season, with matchups against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder . Its not the Los Angeles Lakers or Brooklyn Nets, but it is NBA basketball, and after 405 days, its back in Sac!
- Kings take down Cavs 119-105, finish roadtrip 3-3
The Sacramento Kings closed out their season-long 6-game road trip with a solid 119-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The win was the team’s fourth in their last seven games. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 30 points and six assists, while new starting backcourt teammate Tyrese Haliburton finished with a career-high 28 points on 11-for-15 shooting. Harrison Barnes quietly nearly snagged a triple-double with nine points, ten rebounds, and eight assists, and was vocal all night encouraging his teammates on defense. Sacramento returns home for a rematch with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center.
- Short-handed Kings fall back into bad habits in loss to magic
De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley were both sidelined with injuries and the Sacramento Kings put forth a rather uninspired effort in a disappointing 123-112 loss to the Orlando Magic Friday nigh at the Golden 1 Center. The defeat dropped the squad to 12-13 for the season. Fox (knee) and Bagley (calf) were both held out of the contest, so rookie Tyrese Haliburton got his second start of the season. He finished with 14 points and seven assists but was far from his usual winning ways. In fact, the entire starting lineup was rather unimpressive all night. Especially on the defensive side as they allowed Orlando to shoot 50.5 percent from the field, including 44.1 percent from deep. Those numbers are reminiscent of Sacramento’s struggles earlier in the season when they lost 9-of-11 games and showed no pride in their defense. Orlando’s Nikola Vicevic dominated the Kings’ throughout the game hitting from all over the court for 42 points, just one off his career high. In the last week guys named Nikola have lit up the Kings for 92 points, as Denver’s Nikola Jokic dropped 50 on Sacramento last Saturday. Some bright news for Sacramento was the return of Nemanja Bjelica who came off the bench to score 15 points, grab nine rebounds, and dish out six assists in 28 minutes of action. While he probably will not be with the team much longer as trade rumors abound, putting up such a stat line after missing so many games can only improve the Kings’ return on any trade. The guy can still play ball. Sacramento will need to get it together soon as the Memphis Grizzlies come to town on Sunday. They represent one of the team’s the Kings are likely to be battling with for the playoff/play-in spots by the end of the season. Post-game Interviews
- Sixers' size too much for weary Kings in 119-111 loss
The Philadelphia 76ers used their size and 35 free-throw attempts to wear down the Sacramento Kings and come away with a hard fought 119-111 victory Tuesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The loss snapped the Kings modest 4-game winning streak and dropped them to 12-12 on the season. De’Aaron Fox had another outstanding night with 34 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. Marvin Bagley battled Joel Embid all night while Richaun Holmes sat with foul trouble and finished with a solid 17 points and six rebounds. Sacramento hopes to start a new winning streak on Friday night when the short-handed Orlando Magic come to town. The Kings are playing much better basketball of late and there is a sense now that every game is winnable again. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- You cannot stop these Kings, only hope to contain them
The Sacramento Kings are rolling through the NBA’s best teams with reckless abandoned. On Sunday afternoon they took down the vaunted Los Angeles Clippers 113-110 at the Staples Center to earn their seventh victory in their last eight games. De’Aaron Fox continued his All-Star play with 36 points and seven assists to lead Sacramento’s fourth-quarter push over LA. Buddy Hield broke out of his brief shooting slump to finish with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Tyrese Haliburton contributed 13 points himself, including two huge three-pointers in the final quarter. The Kings close out this murderous row of tough opponents Tuesday night when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers at the Golden 1 Center. It will be another great test to see just how legit this squad is as they make their push to be considered as a playoff contender. Post-game Interviews
- Get out the brooms, Kings beat Nuggets again 119-114
Despite Nikola Jokic’s career-high 50 points, the Sacramento Kings played one of their most complete games of the season in a thrilling 119-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets Saturday afternoon at the Golden 1 Center. The win earned the Kings a 3-0 season sweep of the Nuggets and brought their record back to the .500 mark at 11-11. Harrison Barnes led four players with 20+ for the game with 28 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Richaun Holmes added 21 points and 10 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton chipped in 24 and 23 points respectively. Sacramento was efficiently sharing the ball all day dishing out 30 assists while only committing seven turnovers. It was a fun game to watch as the ball flew around the court while players passed up good shots for wide-open great shots. The Kings have now won six of their last seven games, but do not have much time to celebrate as they face the vaunted Los Angeles Clippers in a Sunday matinee at the Staples Center. Their last two matchups with the Clips have not gone well, so this will be a true test to see if they have really turned the corner on this season. Post-game Interviews
- A Rookie and a Fox are too much for Celts, Kings win 116-111
Tyrese Haliburton scored a career-high 21 points, including five three-pointers to help the Sacramento Kings grind out a 116-111 victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win brought the squad to within just one game of the .500 mark at 10-11 and was their fifth in their last six games. Post-game Interviews
- Fox ain’t messing around, takes over game to sink Pels 118-109
De’Aaron Fox is learning how to take over NBA games. The dynamic point guard scored 17 of his team-high 38 points in the final 7:07 of the 4th quarter to lead the Sacramento Kings to an outstanding 118-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night at Smoothie King Arena. Post-game interviews
- Kings fail to execute at the end, lose to Heat 105-104
Richaun Holmes’ desperation shot at the buzzer was blocked by bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat escaped with a 105-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. The loss snapped Sacramento’s brief three-game winning streak and dropped them to 8-11 for the season. Marvin Bagley scored an efficient 17 points on 7-8 shooting, including 3-4 from deep. The third year forward has really developed his long-range game and is now shooting at a very respectable 37 percent from deep. He is clearly working on the aspects of his game that are expected of bigs in the NBA these days. De’Aaron Fox scored 17 of his team-high 26 points in the final quarter and it looked at times as if the point guard might single-handedly will his team to the victory, but he was unable to execute the final play which resulted in Holmes throwing up some junk as the game ended. The Kings had the unfortunate luck of being the opponent Jimmy Butler decided to return against after missing three weeks due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol. The Heat’s star scored 30 points and had 16 free-throw attempts for the night. The Kings had only 11 attempts as a team. Sacramento now travels to New Orleans for a scheduled rematch with the Pelicans on Monday. Hopefully, they will get to play as there are some rumors swirling now that a Miami player may have been in contact with an individual with Covid-19 earlier that day. If so, the Kings could be looking at some more time off. Post-game Interviews
- Kings hold off Raptors for third-straight win 126-124
The Sacramento Kings are beginning to figure things out, and the results are winds as they survived a late rally by the Toronto Raptors Friday night to come away with a gutsy 126-124 victory at Amalie Arena. The win was their third-straight and brought them to within just two games of the .500 mark for the season. Forward Harrison Barnes continued his strong play this season scoring a team-high 26 points. He also grabbed seven boards and dished out five assists. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox combined for 46 points to carry the scoring load as both Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley had rough nights finding the basket. Overall, the Kings offense was clicking for most of the night as they shot a stellar 55.1 percent from the floor, including 44.4 percent from deep. Combine that with another 30-assist night and generally good things happen. Sacramento will not have much time to enjoy this victory as they take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night in South Florida. Post-game Interviews More Videos
- Ready and rested, Kings roll Magic 121-107
The Sacramento Kings looked like a team that had four days of rest and practice as they rolled to a wire-to-wire 121-107 thumping of the Orlando magic Wednesday night at the Amway Center in Florida. The victory was their second-straight and brought them back to within three games of .500 at 7-10 for the season. Buddy Hield broke out of his scoring slump with a season-high 29 points, including 7-for-12 from deep. He also grabbed five rebounds, had three steals, and a block for the night. But the big news was the team’s newfound efforts on defense. For the second-straight game, Sacramento put the clamps on their opponents, holding Orlando to just 41.7 percent from the field. Maybe all this team needed was a little Covid-forced break to catch their breaths and rest their bodies to find their mojo again. Surprised that more teams are not considering this little trick to get some rest days in a season when there are rarely, if ever, two days in a row off. The Kings head over to Tampa Bay next for a rematch with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, before facing the Miami Heat on Saturday. Post-game Interviews
- Kings fight their way to a much needed 103-94 victory
The Sacramento Kings battled their way through the New York Knicks for 48 minutes and came away with the 103-94 victory Friday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win snapped their four-game losing streak and reminded us all that this team can win games. Harrison Barnes had another solid game with 21 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Richaun Holmes finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks, while Tyrese Haliburton added 16 points, five rebounds, four blocks, and two steals off the bench. Both teams struggled all night with their shooting, with the Kings hitting just 41 percent from the field and the Knicks even worse at 38 percent. But, after weeks of their opponents seemingly hitting everything they threw up, it was a nice change of pace to see the team be able to grind out a defensive slog like this. Sacramento now has four days off before they face the Orlando Magic in Florida thanks to their back-to-back games in Memphis being cancelled due to health and safety protocols. The time off could not have come at a better point in the season. Hopefully, some solid practice sessions and rest will do the squad some real good. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- Kings still searching for answers following another loss
The Sacramento Kings are desperately searching for answers as they suffered another third quarter collapse and fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 115-96 Wednesday night at the Staples Center. The loss dropped them to 5-10 for the season. Post-game Interviews
- De’Aaron’s big night not enough, Kings fall 128-123
De’Aaron Fox dropped a career-high 43 points, but the Sacramento Kings could not stop Zion Williamson as the New Orleans Pelicans came away with a 128-123 victory Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center. The loss was the third-straight for the Kings and dropped them to a season-low 5-9 record. Fox hit 17-of27 shots, dished out 13 assists, grabbed four rebounds, and snagged four steals for the night., but it was all for not as the Kings continued to struggle on the defensive end of the court as they allowed another 120+ point night. Sacramento has allowed 30+ points by their opponents in each of the last 12 quarters of action, and they currently have the NBA’s worst defensive rating. As the G1C has not been kind to the Kings of late, it will be nice to get back out on the road and away from all those creepy cardboard cutouts in the arena as they travel south to face off again with the Los Angeles Clippers. They then return for a quick one-game set with the New York Knicks, before heading off on a six-game road trip in the southeast. Post-game Interviews
- Well, at least we did not lose by 51
The Sacramento Kings matched the Los Angeles Clippers bucket-for-bucket for about 21 minutes. Then the game started to slip away, and the result was an extremely disheartening 100-138 loss Friday night at the Golden 1 Center. The defeat dropped the squad to a season-low three games under .500 at 5-8. Marvin Bagley led the Kings with a team-high 20 points and five rebounds, while Richaun Holmes chipped in his usual 17 points and five rebounds on 8-for-11 shooting. De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield had rather “meh” outings with 14 and nine points, respectively. The story of the game however was the third quarter as Sacramento came out as flat as any team possibly could and were outscored 37-16. It was clear to even the most uneducated NBA fan that this game was going to get ugly rather fast and clickers should be at the ready. Quickly Moving On The Kings close out their seven-game homestand Sunday evening when the New Orleans Pelicans come to town. This will be Associate Head Coach Alvin Gentry’s first shot at his former team since being let go last summer. Post-game Interviews Pregame Interviews
- Ramsey out 2-3 weeks with groin strain
Sacramento Kings rookie guard Jahmi’us Ramsey had an MRI performed on Thursday that confirmed a left groin strain. He will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks but is expected to be back ready to play in February. The 2020 second-round pick out of Texas Tech has played in just four games this season for Sacramento.
- Kings crumble in 4th, fall to Blazers 132-126
The Sacramento Kings held a five-point lead heading into the final period of Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Golden 1 Center, but the offense stalled, and the defense fell apart as they fell to 5-7 for the season after a crushing 132-126 loss. Once again, Sacramento’s offense was cooking for most of the game as they shot 52.4 percent from the field, including 50 percent from deep. But they were unable to make crucial shots down the stretch or grab a critical rebound late that ultimately led to their doom. De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield combined for 55 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Richaun Holmes was perfect from the floor and free-throw line finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, and a career-high six assists. Speaking of assists, the Kings dished out a season-high 34 dimes. But the defense let them down once again as the Blazers played just well enough to get the win. Sacramento will not have much time to worry about this latest loss as the Los Angeles Clippers come to town on Friday. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- Kings finally wake up, battle past Pacers 127-122
The Sacramento Kings woke up Monday night and battled their way to a hard-fought 127-122 win over the Indiana pacers at the Golden 1 Center. The victory moved the squad to within one game of the .500 mark at 5-6. Harrison Barnes led the way with an efficient 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. While not flashy, the 9-year veteran was steady all night sinking shots whenever the team needed them the most. De’Aaron Fox had 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Buddy Hield dropped six threes for 18. Richaun Holmes returned from missing the last game with a sore ankle to contribute 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high six blocked shots. Sacramento shot 56 percent for the game. The Portland Trail Blazers return to the Golden 1 Center Wednesday night for a rematch after they throttled the Kings on Saturday. Hopefully, Monday night’s version of the home team will show up for the revenge game. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- Defensive woes continue with 125-99 loss to Blazers
The Sacramento Kings have completely forgotten how to play defense as they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 125-99 Saturday night at the Golden 1 Center. The loss was their fourth in their last five games and dropped them to a season low two games under .500 at 4-6. Marvin Bagley led six Kings in double figures with 15 points and eight rebounds but had another miserable shooting night hitting just 5-of-14 shots. But the rest of the team was not much better hitting 40.7 percent overall for the game. After playing strong defense to open the season, the Kings have seemingly gotten away from what was working for them. A lack of toughness has come over the squad and they appear to be afraid to touch their opponents for fear of offending them. As a result, teams are bullying their way through Sacramento’s lackadaisical defense for easy layups, put backs, and wide-open threes. Tyrese Haliburton did get his first NBA start as Richaun Holmes was a late scratch due to left ankle soreness. The rookie finished with 12 points and eight assists for the game. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 37 points, and Damian Lillard added a quiet 17. Notes We are featuring Tyrese Haliburton's sneakers for the game as we didn't know what else to say about the game. Post-game Interviews Pre-game interviews
- Raptors get offensive, rain 3s all over Kings in 144-123 win.
The Toronto Raptors came to play Friday night as they blitzed the Sacramento Kings defense all night in route to a 144-123 victory at the Golden 1 Center. The loss dropped Sacramento to 4-5 on the season. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- That rookie is clutch; Haliburton leads Kings to 128-124 win
Tyrese Haliburton returned to action and was clutch in the fourth quarter again as the Sacramento Kings came away with a gutsy 128-124 victory over the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. The win brought the Kings back even at 4-4 for the season. After missing two games with a left-hand bone bruise, the rookie (aka “Team Mom”) finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and no turnovers. He scored 15 of his points in the final frame along with three three-pointers when the team needed them the most. Sacramento’s starting front court of Marvin Bagley, Richaun Holmes, and Harrison Barnes combined for 65 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists. They shot 25-of-35 from the field, including 6-of-10 from deep. Oh my! Quick Notes De’Aaron Fox left the game in the first quarter with tightness in his left hamstring and did not return. His status for Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors is still unknown. Sacramento finished with 30 assists and just seven turnovers. Chicago’s starting backcourt of Zach LaVine and Coby White combined for 68 points. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- These games are getting hard to watch, Kings thumped again
The Sacramento Kings have completely fallen off a cliff as they suffered their third-straight defeat following a disheartening 137-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors Monday night at the Chase Center. The loss dropped the squad to 3-4 for the season.. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes each scored 18 points to lead Sacramento. Buddy Hield continued his rather so-so season start with just ten points on 3-of-11 shooting from deep. Marvin Bagley looked like a 19-year-old rookie who is too scared to mix it up in the paint. Once again, he was outplayed by his opponent and finished with just five points on 2-of-9 shooting. He is not in any sort of a rhythm right now and it is hurting the team. But this loss cannot be pinned on Marvin, the entire team stunk tonight. The Kings return home for a much-needed 7-game homestand where they can get some practice time in and figure out what happened to both their offense and defense. The Chicago Bulls limp into town on Wednesday and if there was ever a chance to get healthy, that should be the time. Jinx! Quick Notes After shooting a season-low 38.9 percent from the field on Saturday, the Kings topped that Monday night by hitting just 37.8 percent of their shots. Sacramento was just 10-35 (28.6%) from deep, while Golden State hit 23-43 (53.5%). Golden State jumped out to a quick 8-0 start and never trailed. The Kings did hold the Warriors to just three offensive rebounds for the game, but that was likely due to their 52.6 shooting percentage from the field for the night and there was not much of a need for an offensive rebound. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews