Johnson optimistic on arena deadline for Kings

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Johnson optimistic on arena deadline for Kings

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson went on record Thursday with optimistic beliefs that his city will meet the NBA-imposed March 1 deadline with a finalized arena financing plan, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee.

"I feel like the city can do its part, and then the negotiations will be between the Maloofs (Kings owners), the NBA and AEG (arena operator)."

With 26 days to go before the deadline, Johnson is pushing a financing plan to privatize local parking meters and garages. Thirteen private companies and investors have shown interest in Johnson's plan. Along with potential real estate sales, the city hopes to contribute their 200 million portion of the estimated 400 million arena.

On Tuesday, the city staff will lobby the council for an OK to pursue further conversation with the interested firms, and request the council to issue a report and create formal bids for the leaders of those private companies.

Meanwhile, the Kings, Sacramento and the NBA are in constant contact with other private companies planning a strategy of attack to fulfill the 400 million financing needs.

Although time is ticking, Johnson is confident that Sacramento is in a position of power.

"We get a chance to control our own destiny here," he said. "And if we just laser focus on our business, this will be the final resting place of the Sacramento Kings."

Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox gets in on the Drive By Dunk Challenge

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Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox gets in on the Drive By Dunk Challenge

The Sacramento Kings have had a busy summer with the NBA Draft, free agency and Summer League. Now in the dog days of summer, we've come to the strange times of the offseason. 

Big news is bound to still happen, but this is also the time when new trends take over. The latest is the Drive By Dunk Challenge and Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox joined the party on Sunday.

#DriveByDUNKChallenge 😂😂😂

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At the start of the challenge, everyday people started posting videos of themseleves getting out of cars to dunk on random neighborhood hoops. Now even NBA stars are getting in on the #DriveByDunkChallenge. 

Along with Fox, Anthony Davis and Jaylen Brown have also posted their own videos of the challenge. 

Source: Kings have no interest in De'Aaron Fox-for-Kyrie Irving swap

Source: Kings have no interest in De'Aaron Fox-for-Kyrie Irving swap

SACRAMENTO -- The rumor mill never takes a day off. De’Aaron Fox and his Sacramento teammates were hit with a new round of speculation Sunday morning when a report broke out of Cleveland regarding the Kings interest in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

According to Sam Amico, the Kings are expected to offer Fox, along with veteran Kosta Koufos and possibly more for Irving, who is coming off his best season as a pro. The 25-year-old point guard posted 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season for Cleveland and is under contract for two more seasons with a player option for a third year.

A league source confirmed to NBC Sports California that the Kings have no interest in dealing Fox, who they acquired with the 5th overall selection in June’s NBA Draft. The 19-year-old is considered the future of the franchise at the point guard position and according to the source, any rumor of the team offering him in a deal are false.

Published reports have Irving asking for a trade out of Cleveland. Sacramento was not on Irving’s short list of potential destinations and the likelihood of the Kings coming up with the assets to acquire the four-time All-Star are slim, unless they are willing to completely change course on their rebuild and gut their young core.