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- Too many 3s and no D dooms Kings in Portland opener 102-127
The Sacramento Kings opened their 2020-21 exhibition season with a rather sour 102-127 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night at the Moda Center. It was pretty apparent from the opening tip that the unintentional game plan was to jack up as many three-pointers as possible (50) and watch the opponent run through wide open shooting drills and finish with a blistering 51 percent from the field, including 50 percent from deep. But wait, there were some positives. The team clearly has embraced a fast-paced style reminiscent of the 2018-19 squad that literally ran their opponents off the court. The plan is to get the ball up court within four seconds and see what options they have rather than walk it up and allow the defense to get set. The ball was also zipping around efficiently when the starters were on the court leading to 15 assists in the first half. The three-point shot will obviously be heavily utilized. 15 out of the 16 Kings that saw action Friday night took at least one shot from deep. Even Richaun Holmes threw one up. He missed it, but it looks like he has been given the green light to shoot it if the opportunity presents itself. Of course, Buddy Hield is never shy to shoot and he finished with a team high 23 points including five threes. He looks like this return to a fast style of play will suit him just fine. The test will be to see what adjustments head coach Luke Walton and the team makes for their rematch on Sunday. If we see the same bad habits repeated, it will not bode well, but I suspect we will see a different approach to defense and a more limited number of ill-advised three-pointers. Notes Marvin Bagley (Covid protocol) and Hassan Whiteside (strained calf) did not travel with the team and will not see any game action until at least the team’s Tuesday home game against the Golden State Warriors. Post-game Interviews More Highlights Pre-game Interviews
- Marvin Bagley | December 9, 2020
Sacramento Kings center Marvin Bagley speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his excitement about the upcoming season and his battles with Covid-19 at the beginning of training camp.
- Nemanja Bjelica | December 9, 2020
Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He talks about switching back to jersey #8 and his thoughts on the team’s new offensive approach to speed and shooting.
- Luke Walton | December 9, 2020
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses the current health of the players and how the squad is looking thus far in training camp.
- Luke Walton | December 7, 2020
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He talks about how the young players are doing so far and provides an injury update on Hassan Whiteside.
- Jabari Parker | December 7, 2020
Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his fitness regiment and why he chose to come back to Sacramento this season.
- Richaun Holmes | December 7, 2020
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He talks about the pace of practice and his new three-point shot.
- Jahmi'us Ramsey | December 6, 2020
Sacramento Kings rookie Jahmi'us Ramsey speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his first ever NBA training camp session and what he feels he can bring to the squad this season.
- De'Aaron Fox | December 6, 2020
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He talks about his thoughts on the team’s first group practice and his leadership responsibilities in his 4th year.
- Luke Walton | December 6, 2020
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his thoughts on the upcoming season and some insights on the players.
- Buddy Hield | December 5, 2020
Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his relationship with the organization and how he is driven by his love of playing basketball.
- Glenn Robinson III | December 5, 2020
Sacramento Kings forward Glenn Robinson III speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses why he chose to come to Sacramento and how he can be a positive veteran influence on his younger teammates.
- Cory Joseph | December 4, 2020
Sacramento Kings point guard Cory Joseph speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He talks about his role as a veteran mentor to the younger players and how the team can excel with so many ballhandlers on the court at the same time.
- Robert Woodard II | December 4, 2020
Sacramento Kings rookie forward Robert Woodard II speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his expectations for life in the NBA and how he can contribute to the team on the defensive end on Day 1.
- Richaun Holmes | December 3, 2020
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses his offseason workout routine and his excitement about the upcoming season.
- Hassan Whiteside | December 3, 2020
Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He discusses why he chose Sacramento in free-agency and that he has never been to Hawaii.
- Harrison Barnes | December 2, 2020
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call. He talks about his expectations for the upcoming season and his friend Bogdan Bogdanovic.
- DaQuan Jeffries | December 2, 2020
Sacramento Kings forward DaQuan Jeffries speaks with the media via a Zoom Conference. He discusses his new contract and his journey to get where he is today in the NBA.
- De'Aaron Fox | December 1, 2020
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox speaks with the media via a Zoom conference. He discusses his new contract and what he expects out of the team and himself during the upcoming season.
- Tyrese Haliburton | December 1, 2020
Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference. He talks about his adjustments to being in the NBA, Sacramento, and adulting for the first time.
- Luke Walton | December 1, 2020
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference. Lots of areas covered regarding the upcoming season and what he expects from the squad.
- Monte McNair: Post free-agency press conference
Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair speaks with the media following an active free-agency period. He touches on De’Aaron Fox’s extension, Buddy Hield’s status, the Bogdan Bogdanovic departure, among many other topics.
- McNair gets his wing; GR3 is a King
The Sacramento Kings just keep adding on the wings in their search for Harrison Barnes’ backup. On Sunday, it was reported that high-flying small forward Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum with the team from SacTown. GR3, the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk winner has bounced around the league over his six-year career with stops in Minnesota, Philadelphia, Indiana, Detroit, and Golden State. Last season, he split time between the Warriors and 76ers. In 48 starts with the depleted Warriors, he averaged career numbers with 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and shot a Steller 40 percent from behind the three-point line. He was traded to Philadelphia late in the season but struggled to maintain his hot shooting and fell to just 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds off the bench during his second go-around in Philly. Originally drafted out of Michigan in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the 6-6 Robinson was projected to be a 3-and-D specialist with his athletic prowess, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way. Offensively, he is solid with both an inside and outside game. Defensively, he has been frequently cited for unexplainable defensive lapses and mental breakdowns that likely have contributed to his seemingly nonstop relocations around the NBA. The Kings are only betting on him for one season and it is clearly viewed as a low risk, high reward situation. He’ll likely step right in as the backup small forward and potentially slow the development of recently signed DaQuan Jeffries and the other Exhibit 10 wings that have been invited to the team’s training camp. It will be very interesting to see if general manager Monte McNair has one more big trade up his sleeve prior to the start of the season now that he has real depth at every position and a desire to shed some big contracts for the future.
- All the Kings 2020 offseason transactions...so far
While many Sacramento Kings fans may feel the team has not been very active during the offseason, the team has actually been extremely busy behind the scenes preparing for the 2020-21 NBA season. Here are just a few of the transactions the Kings have been involved in since their departure from the Orlando bubble over the summer. As usual, if we missed anything, please let us know. 8/14 – Vlade Divac resigns as GM. 8/15 - Peja Stoijakovic resigns as assistant GM. 9/17 – Monte McNair hired as GM. 9/17 – Joe Dumars named Chief Strategy Officer. 10/7 – Alvin Gentry hired as Associate Head Coach. 10/18 - Wes Wilcox hired as Assistant GM. 10/18 - Phil Jabour hired as VP of Player Personnel. 10/18 - Paul Johnson hired as Director of Basketball Operations; 10/31 - Bob Beyers resigns as Assistant Coach (hired by New Orleans). 11/5 - Rex Kalamian hired as Assistant Coach. 11/6 - Marc Jones hired as lead TV play-by-play announcer for the 2020-21 season. 11/9 – Gary Gerould to return as the radio play-by-play announcer for the 2020-21 season. 11/17 – Forward Jabari Parker exercises $6.5 million player option for 2020-21 season. 11/18 – Forward Nemanja Bjelica had his $7.15 million team option picked up for the 2020-21 season. 11/18 - Guard Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State) selected with the 12th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. 11/18 - Traded the draft rights to the 35th pick (Xavier Tillman Sr) to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to the 40th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and a future second round selection. 11/18 - Forward Robert Woodard II (Mississippi State) selected with the 40th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. 11/18 - Guard Jahmi'us Ramsey (Texas Tech) selected with the 43rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. 11/18 – Traded the draft rights to the 52nd pick (Kenyon Martin Jr) to the Houston Rockets for a future second-round pick and cash considerations. 11/20 – Guard Quinton Rose (Temple) agreed to sign an Exhibit 10 contract. 11/22 – Center Harry Giles (Sacramento Kings) signed a 1-year/minimum free-agent contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. 11/22 – Guard Kent Bazemore (Sacramento Kings) signed a 1-year/$2.3 million free-agent contract with the Golden State Warriors. 11/24 – Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (Sacramento Kings) signed a 4-year/$72 million restricted free-agent contract with the Atlanta Hawks that was not matched. 11/25 – Guard De'Aaron Fox signed a 5-year/$163 million contract extension. 11/26 – Center Frank Kaminsky (Phoenix Suns) agreed to sign a 1-year/veteran minimum (nonguaranteed) free-agent contract. 11/27 – Guard Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State) signed a 4-year/$17.8 million rookie contract. 11/27 – Center Hassan Whiteside (Portland Trail Blazers) signed a 1-year/$2.3 million free-agent contract. 11/27 - Forward Vince Edwards (Canton Charge) agreed to sign an Exhibit 10 contract. 11/28 – Forward DaQuan Jeffries signed a 2-year/$3 million restricted free-agent contract. 11/28 - Center Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs) signed an Exhibit 10 contract. 11/29 – Center Alex Len (Sacramento Kings) signed a 1-year/$2.3 million free-agent contract with the Toronto Raptors. 11/29 - Forward Glenn Robinson III (Philadelphia 76ers) agreed to a 1-year/veteran minimum free-agent contract. 11/30 - Kyle Draper hired as secondary TV play-by-play announcer and pre/post-game host for the 2020-21 season. 12/1 - Forward Robert Woodard II (Mississippi State) signed a 4-year/$3.3 million rookie contract. 12/2 - Forward Glenn Robinson III (Philadelphia 76ers) signed a 1-year/veteran minimum free-agent contract 12/4 - F Marvin Bagley had his 4th year rookie contract option of $11.3 million picked up for the 2021-22 season. 12/4 - Guard Jahmi'us Ramsey (Texas Tech) signed a 3-year rookie contract. 12/18 - Forward Vince Edwards was waived. 12/19 - Center Frank Kaminsky was waived. Stay tuned! The Kings are not even close to being done. We'll update this list as new transactions are announced leading up to the start of the 2020-21 season.
- Kings invite Vince Edwards to training camp
The Sacramento Kings continue to fill out their training camp roster with the addition of free-agent small forward Vince Edwards to the squad via an Exhibit 10 contract. Originally drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2018 with the 52nd overall pick and then traded to the Rockets for cash, the 6-8 Perdue standout briefly saw action in two games with Houston during his rookie campaign averaging 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds. In 13 starts for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League last season, Edwards averaged 11 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 41 percent shooting from deep. His perimeter defense and high basketball IQ has been noted by all coaches who have worked with him throughout his career. College Edwards was named second-team All-Big Ten after averaging 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in his final year at Perdue. He shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range and was a deadeye 84 percent shooter from the line. He joined Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Tulane's Jerald Honeycutt as the only three players in the last 25 years to finish their college careers with at least 1,600 points, 750 rebounds, 400 assists and 170 three-pointers. "He sort of can do it all,'' then Houston GM Daryl Morey said following the 2018 NBA Draft. "He can defend multiple positions. He really fits our style of play ... one thing unique about him is he can handle the ball and pass at his size and he's already an accomplished shooter.'' New Kings general manager Monte McNair is likely very familiar with Edwards during their time together in Houston and the hope is that Vince can bring his size and skills to a position of need for Sacramento. We'll know soon enough as the 2020-21 NBA season is less than four weeks away.