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- 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.
- Frank Kaminsky, why the hell not
The Sacramento Kings continue their bargain bin shopping spree this week by adding another NBA veteran as center Frank Kaminsky has reportedly signed a one-year nonguaranteed deal at the veteran minimum to join the team and battle with the recently inked Hassan Whiteside for minutes in the middle. Drafted in 2015 out of Wisconsin by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick, Kaminsky was never able to establish himself in the league. Over five seasons he has career averages of 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 points. He was projected to be an outside threat at both the 4 and 5 positions but has only hit 34.7 percent of his three-pointers and basically flamed out of the NBA by the end of the 2019-20 season as a forgotten member of the Phoenix Suns. General manager Monte McNair is apparently hoping the 7-*footer can be re-invented in Sacramento. The team needs more outside shooting from their bigs as Marvin Bagley, Richaun Holmes, Jabari Parker, and Whiteside all struggle outside the paint. If Frank can find his outside shot, it would open the middle up for the bigs to work down low and allow De’Aaron Fox to drive in for easy buckets. Clearly this team is focusing on the core and evaluating the youth, while filling the edges with cheap vets on 1-year deals to pass the time. Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
- DaQuan Jeffries gets his call-up from the Kings
DaQuan Jeffries has shown patience and a strong work ethic, and it has finally paid off for the second-year wing out of Tulsa. The Sacramento Kings signed the 6-5 Oklahoma native to a two-year deal for a reported $3 million. There is a team option for the second year. Jeffries impressed the Kings last season with his high-energy and athleticism on the court. In 13 games, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds while splitting time between the Stockton Kings of the G-League and the parent club. His efforts on both ends of the court have made him a fan favorite already. During the 8-game Orlando bubble season, Jeffries got a chance to prove himself averaging 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds on .515 shooting from the field. His best game was a 5-for-5 shooting performance (including 2-for-2 from deep) on August 2 against the Orlando Magic where he finished with 12 points. The Kings are going to let the kids battle it out for minutes behind starting small forward Harrison Barnes. Jefferies, Justin James, and rookies Robert Woodard and KJ Martin will all be given chances to claim minutes. General manager Monte McNair is looking for defensive-minded young wings who can hit the shot when left open, but more importantly, not get totally humiliated by the league’s top small forwards. Only time will tell, but the Kings are obviously hoping one of these guys can grab the opportunity and not force the team to have to go out and bring in another veteran small forward mid-season. Jefferies is going to do everything within his power to be that guy for the Kings.
- The return of Count Blockula to Sacramento
The Sacramento Kings have signed center Hassan Whiteside to a one-year $2.3 million veteran minimum deal for the 2020-21 season. The 7-foot, 265-pound bigman will fill the whole left by Alex Len, who bolted for the Toronto Raptors earlier in the week. Whiteside, 31, was originally selected