Isaiah Thomas, Rookie of the Year?

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Isaiah Thomas, Rookie of the Year?

For months, it has seemed like a foregone conclusion that Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. However, the Sacramento Bee wonders if Kings rookie guard Isaiah Thomas could spoil the party.

The Bee's Stephen Magnagni writes, in part:

Since February, Thomas has started for the Kings. Before Saturday night's game against the New Jersey Nets, he was averaging 16.1 points and 5.9 assists in the previous 10 games, with 19 points in a win over Utah on Friday.Thomas' relentless hustle and unselfish play have rebranded the suddenly exciting Kings. With a boyish smile, natural leadership skills and a penchant for doing the unexpected, he has become the one of the most compelling stories of the Kings season.

What do you think? Can Thomas, who was Mr. Irrelevant (i.e. the last pick) in the 2011 draft actually become the NBA's Rookie of the Year? Or is it nothing more than just a nice underdog story?

Source: Kings to sign Summer League standout to two-way contract

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Source: Kings to sign Summer League standout to two-way contract

Jack Cooley must have made a good impression on the Kings during the recently completed Las Vegas Summer League.

The former Notre Dame will sign a two-way contract with Sacramento, a league source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com's James Ham.

Cooley averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 64 percent over five games during Summer League action.

Cooley had other offers from teams overseas, but is hoping for another shot in the NBA.

Undrafted in 2013, Cooley's only NBA action came with Utah during the 2014-15 season. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 16 games.

News of a deal was first reported by 2ways10days.com's Chris Reichert.

Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

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Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

SACRAMENTO -- The one that got away.

News broke Friday afternoon of another player move from the Sacramento Kings. A transaction 22 years in the making was finally completed when according to a published report, the Kings renounced the rights to 6-foot-7 Serbian, Dejan Bodiroga.

The now 44-year-old wing has been retired since 2007. He’s known around the basketball circles as one of the greatest European players to never to come to the NBA.

Drafted by Geoff Petrie with the 51st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Sacramento tried multiple times to get the sharpshooter to come to the states. It was always a longshot, but after selecting Corliss Williamson and Tyus Edney with his first two selections, Petrie took a late-round gamble. 

Bodiroga has a trophy case full of awards, including a Spanish League MVP, a FIBA World Cup MVP and a Greek League MVP. He also won championships in the Italian, Greek and Spanish Leagues, as well as silver medal in the 1996 Olympic games.

He is also on the list of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors along with fellow Serbian and current Sacramento Kings General Manager, Vlade Divac.   

Kings fans reacted on Twitter to the news in standard fashion: