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Kings, Brooks agree on contract in principle

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Kings, Brooks agree on contract in principle

The Sacramento Kings and free agent guard Aaron Brooks agreed in principle to a contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The news came minutes after the team waived center Hassan Whiteside.

Terms of Brooks' contract were not disclosed, but it is reportedly a two-year deal that averages 3.3 million per season.

Were really excited about the prospect of Aaron joining the team, said Petrie. The fact that hes chosen to play for the Kings makes us feel good about what hell be able to provide to us on the court. Aarons another young player who brings a lot of speed, quickness, experience and scoring ability.

The Houston Rockets selected Brooks with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, after a four-year career at Oregon.

During his senior season in Eugene, Brooks averaged 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, led the Ducks to the Elite 8, and was named an AP Third-Team All-American.

As a rookie with the Rockets, Brooks appeared in 51 games, averaging 5.2 points in just under 12 minutes a contest.

Those numbers improved significantly in his second season, where Brooks averaged 11.2 points and three assists in 25 minutes per game.

In year three, Brooks put it all together. The diminutive point guard started all 82 games for Houston, registering 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game.

Following his breakout season, Brooks was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

However, his time in Houston didn't last long. Just 34 games into the 2010-2011 season, Brooks was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragic and a 2011 first-round draft pick.

In 25 games with the Suns (only five starts), Brooks averaged 9.6 points and 4.2 assists in a backup role to Steve Nash.

During the NBA Lockout, Brooks took his game to China and did not return once a new CBA was orchestrated. He remained overseas and led the Guandong Southern Tigers of the China Basketball Association to the Finals while leading the team in points (22.3), assists (4.8) and steals (1.9) per game this past season.

Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments

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Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments

Sacramento — Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé released the following statement.

“I have a deep respect for our nation’s unwavering commitment to free speech and support all Americans’ right to freely express themselves. The President's recent comments are deeply disappointing, because our focus should be on fostering a culture of sensitivity and inclusion. Our mission at the Sacramento Kings has always been to unite our community and use our platform to create positive change, so we continue to stand with our players, and all people, who use their platform to raise awareness and make Sacramento and our country proud.”

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Kings hire VP of professional development

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Kings hire VP of professional development

It’s been a summer of change for the Sacramento Kings. A roster upheaval has 10 new players vying for minutes once training camp opens on Tuesday. The coaching staff has been bolstered and fresh blood was added to the front office in the form of analytics guru Luke Bornn and assistant general manager Brandon Williams. On Thursday, one more piece to the puzzle was brought in to help develop the team’s young core.

With the hiring of Galen Duncan as the franchise’s new Vice President of the Kings Academy and Professional Development, Sacramento is making a major investment in the future of their team.

According to the team’s official press release, “Duncan is responsible for implementation of the Kings Academy program, a developmental, player-centric curriculum aligning multi-faceted organizational philosophies and ideals to help athletes mature into well-rounded professionals. Under Duncan’s oversight, Kings Academy will augment on-court progress with access to practical material and experiences that help balance on-court priorities and personal responsibilities with opportunities to become impactful contributors in the community.”

After 10 years with the Detroit Lions, Duncan is making the jump to the NBA game. He’s already had a taste of the league, working with the league office as part of the NBA Rookie Transition Program.

With five rookies and another four sophomores on the roster, the Kings are investing in a seasoned mentor and life coach. Armed with a Ph.D. in health psychology from Walden University, Duncan will aid the players in everything from finding an apartment to dealing with the stress of life as a 19-year-old millionaire with no experience paying a bill.

“My passion has always been sports,” Duncan told NBC Sports California. “Sports has done wonderful things for me. I don’t care what level they’re at or how much money they make, I think there is something to learn and I have something to teach.”

With the Lions, he brought incoming rookie classes through everything from etiquette courses to teaching them how to tie ties. His goal is to transform a group of young men into professionals, who just happen to be professional athletes.

It’s not just about making a polished product for the media and general public. Duncan will work with players on a variety of personal issues, including money management, dealing with family and professional on-court performance.

“Unfortunately, sometimes family can be your worst enemy,” Duncan said. “But if structured correctly and if nurtured, I think the education goes beyond just the player. I think you have to educate the family as well about what they’re doing.”

The transition to the NBA game will be interesting for Duncan. He comes from a game where the incoming rookie class can be anywhere from 10-15 players. He hasn’t dealt with 19-year-olds at the NFL level and guaranteed contracts are new as well, but the job is very similar.

Sacramento has always had a support staff to help with the transition to the NBA game, but the addition of Duncan is a new level of commitment by the team. They have a huge group of young players and they are making an investment into their futures and the future of the franchise. It’s a clear step in the right direction.