Kings' Evans, not Curry for rookie honors

Kings' Evans, not Curry for rookie honors

March 3, 2010WARRIORS PAGE KINGS PAGEWARRIORS VIDEO KINGS VIDEO Matt Steinmetz
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I dont like to be the one who brings bad news to Warriors fans. But there's something that needs to be addressed before it goes any further.You're hearing it more and more these days, whether it's on Warriors broadcasts or here and there on the radio. And you're seeing it, too, every once in a while on the Internet and in newspapers.There seems to be some buzz -- in the Bay Area anyway -- that Warriors guard Stephen Curry is putting some pressure on Sacramento's Tyreke Evans for the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award.Sorry. Not a chance. How do I know? Because I've been hearing the Curry talk, too, and decided to solicit some information from the people who really matter when it comes to this issue: the media.Writers make the call on the Rookie of the Year award. And they're the ones saying Evans is a lock. In fact, the real competition seems to be for second place, between Curry and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings.Here's a sampling of what various writers from around the country said when I asked them if Curry was making any headway on Evans.Central Division beat writer: "Curry is a distant third behind Evans and Jennings. The other two guys have better numbers, except Jennings' shooting percentage, and the Warriors have a worse record than the Kings and Bucks."National Internet writer: "Curry has too much ground to make up - better chance of Jennings catching Evans because of Bucks success."NBA.com writer: "Curry has been nothing short of brilliant now that we've gotten the full scope of what he can do. But Evans has been leading the pack for so long it would take a solid month-and-a-half of lights-out performance from Curry and a major meltdown from Evans for me to consider moving Curry ahead of Evans."Southeast Division beat writer: "No doubt Curry deserves serious consideration. I think Evans is still the front-runner, but it's a closer race than ever between him, Curry and Jennings.One wild card: If Bucks make the playoffs, does that become the tie-breaker for Jennings in a close race?National Internet writer: "Evans has the award locked up. With Curry's recent outburst, you could definitely make the case he's surpassed Jennings for the No. 2 spot. I just don't see any way he beats out Evans, who's basically averaging 20-5-5."If he can finish there, he'll do something that only three rookies have done in the history of the league: Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, LeBron James."Northwest Division beat writer: "Evans is the runaway winner. I'd put Curry second over Jennings, who has faded after his initial burst."National Internet writer: "The trophy already has Evans' name on it. That's a no-brainer. I do see Curry having a good chance overtaking Jennings for second."Central Division beat writer: "I think Evans is clearly in the league, but Curry might have moved into second place. Jennings has dropped off a bit in my eyes after the fabulous start. Curry is definitely making a strong push at the right time, but will have a hard time catching Evans."NBA.com writer: "Right now I'd put Curry third but moving up with a quarter of the season to go. Not fully decided yet."

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Purge of veterans continues as Kings waive Arron Afflalo

Purge of veterans continues as Kings waive Arron Afflalo

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings continued their purge of veteran contracts Friday afternoon. NBC Sports California has confirmed that the team opted out of the second year of Arron Afflalo’s 2-year, $25 million deal. They will instead pay the shooting guard a $1.5 million buyout, saving $11 million and allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Afflalo, 31, posted 8.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game. The 10-year NBA veteran played in 61 games, including 45 starts for the Kings last season while shooting 41.1 percent from behind the arc.

The former UCLA star is the second Kings veteran to have his option declined, joining Anthony Tolliver in the ranks of unrestricted free agents. Both Rudy Gay and Langston Galloway have chosen not to exercise player options with the team as the franchise turns to a youth movement.

Garrett Temple and Kosta Koufos are the only remaining players players on the Kings’ roster with more than two years experience in the league. Sacramento will enter free agency with upwards of $55 million to spend in free agency once they sign their four rookies from Thursday evening’s NBA Draft.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

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Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning might prompt a spending spree

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on him.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”