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Headed to Indiana, Collison reflects on time with Kings: 'I gave it my all'

Headed to Indiana, Collison reflects on time with Kings: 'I gave it my all'

SACRAMENTO -- Almost three days into free agency and the Sacramento Kings have yet to hear a single yes. They’ve flirted with some of the biggest names on the market, but their estimated $45 million in cap space remains intact.

That hasn’t stopped Sacramento’s own free agents from finding new homes. On opening day of free agency, Langston Galloway agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. Ben McLemore followed him out the door on Sunday, agreeing to a two-year, $10.7 million pact with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Monday afternoon, it was starting point guard Darren Collison’s turn to walk out the door, joining the Indiana Pacers on a reported two-year, $20 million contract.

“Sac fans are truly the best,” Collison told NBC Sports California when reached for comment. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a great fanbase. Night in and night out, I gave it my all regardless of what the team was going through. Sacramento will be called home due to the love and support I’ve received. Thank you.”

Collison, 29,  spent the last three season in a Kings uniform, posting 14.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 187 games, including 124 starts for Sacramento. He was open to a return, but with rookies De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III in tow, Collison saw the writing on the wall.

This is the second tour of duty in Indiana for Collison. The eight-year NBA veteran spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season in a Pacers uniform before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2012.

Sacramento has plenty of remaining free agents, most of which are not expected back. Rudy Gay has been mentioned plenty over the last few days, but has yet to find a landing spot. Ty Lawson, Tyreke Evans, Aaron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver remain unsigned as well.

Kings miss potential competitive advantage while going floor crazy

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Kings miss potential competitive advantage while going floor crazy

Somebody has to warn me when sentences like this appear at random. From a tweet by Paul Lukas of UniWatch:
 
“International outreach: (Sacramento) Kings' new black alternate court includes graphics in Hindi and Mandarin, depending on team's promotional campaign.”
 
Now when did that become up for grabs?
 
Not the Hindi or Mandarin legends below the Kings’ logo, which were announced by the team on NBA.com Thursday. I think every nation that wishes to should feel a part of the Dave Joerger Experience – Mongolia, Kazakhstan, South Sudan, Placerville, you name it.
 
But what I didn’t know is that there is now a desperate marketing need for alternate floors.
 
I mean, you don’t get much more fundamental and frill-free than the ground. You can paint it, you can decal it, you can varnish it, you can stain it, you can scuff it, and it still stays pretty floor-y.
 
And it robs the Kings of a potential competitive advantage that they could desperately use.
 
The Boston Celtics made great use of their old parquet floor at the now spectral Bostonb Garden. There were hot spots and dead spots, seams and gaps that only the Celtics players knew, and they all used them to their benefit throughout the golden age of Celtic basketball.
 
And now that the Celtics are celebrating the Garden’s 20th year of rubblehood, they probably miss that old floor a bit. Even though they pretty much sold off most of the bits for great scads of cash and used others to be included in the current floor.
 
But the Kings need two. No, wait. They need three. Hmmm.
 
Now the Kings also have four different uniforms to go with their floors, meaning that every game prep will include a few minutes to figure what socks go with what grain of wood. This seems like an unproductive use of everybody’s time.
 
As for the languages on the floor . . . well, if I was from Bulgaria, I’d be pretty damned cheesed off right now that I can’t see my team’s name on one of my floors.
 
So I will do it for you. Go You царства на сакрамента!

Report: Kings big man Zach Randolph takes plea, avoids jail time

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Report: Kings big man Zach Randolph takes plea, avoids jail time

Free Z-Bo. According to TMZ.com, Sacramento Kings big man, Zach Randolph, pled no contest to a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge stemming from an arrest during a block party in the Nickerson Garden area of LA on Aug. 9. The 16-year NBA veteran originally faced two felony counts, including marijuana possession with the intent to sell.

Randolph walked out of a courtroom on Aug. 31 with reduced charges, but still faced a pair of misdemeanor counts, including one for drug possession. According TMZ, potential drug charges were dropped in exchange for the no contest plea on Wednesday.

Per the plea agreement, Randolph was sentenced to 150 hours of community service and he must stay out of trouble for the next year. If he holds up his end of the bargain, the resisting arrest conviction will be voided from his permanent record.

Randolph, 36, signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings over the summer after spending the previous eight seasons in Memphis. There is no word yet as to whether the NBA will chime in with a fine or suspension.

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