Kings

Kings receive draft pick, cash from Knicks for exec Scott Perry

perry-scott.jpg
NBA.com

Kings receive draft pick, cash from Knicks for exec Scott Perry

UPDATE (10:50am on Friday) -- The Kings on Friday officially announced the departure of executive vice president Scott Perry, who is reportedly signing a five-year deal to become general manager of the New York Knicks. 

The Kings will receive a 2019 second-round pick and cash considerations from the Knicks as part of the deal, NBC Sports California has confirmed.

"The Kings are forging a strong future for themselves, and while this was a tough decision, I could not pass up a promotion to become the General Manager of the New York Knicks and chance to be near my daughter in New York," Perry said in a statement. "I am so thankful to Vivek, Vlade, the leadership team, and the entire Kings organization for my time in Sacramento. The Kings are a hard-working team with a lot of heart and I have no doubt they are on a path to enormous success. I wish them all the luck in the world, but I have a feeling they won’t need it."

“We thank Scott for his time with the Kings and wish him the best of luck in his promotion to General Manager of the New York Knicks," Kings GM Vlade Divac said in a statement. "The Kings are on a bright path ahead and I am very confident in the future of our hard-working, talented team.”

***

UPDATE (2:16pm on Thursday) -- Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports Kings VP Scott Perry has agreed to become the new GM of the New York Knicks.

***

Scott Perry might have the shortest tenure of any Sacramento Kings executive in team history. According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN, Perry, 53, is in talks with the New York Knicks to become their new general manager. 

Perry joined the Kings in April as the team’s Executive VP of Basketball Operations under Vlade Divac and made an immediate impact on the franchise. The long time exec used his clout around NBA circles to help land interviews or workouts with eight of the top 22 players in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

His stamp, along with Divac’s was all over both the draft process and free agency as the Kings turned over eight of their 15 roster spots. 

According to the report, Sacramento granted permission to New York, allowing him to chase the high profile position Wojnarowski deemed, “a dream job.” 

A league source has confirmed to NBC Sports California that Kings have been supportive of Perry throughout the process. While he is highly regarded by the team, they have fortified their front office over the last two summers, adding talent that was likely to draw the attention of other teams.

While Divac has been the main decision maker over the past two seasons, the front office has continued to grow. Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bratz are holdovers, but Sacramento added assistant general manager Ken Catanella in 2016 and they have revamped their analytics department, hiring Luke Bornn, who is in the process of adding to his analytics staff.

Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec

otis-smith-magic-2011-ap.jpg
AP

Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec

In their search for Scott Perry's replacement, the Kings have spoken with the former GM of the Orlando Magic.

Otis Smith, who served as the Magic GM from 2006 to 2012, reportedly met with the Kings about their recently-vacated VP of basketball operations job.

News of the meeting for was first reported by ESPN.

Perry left the Kings this month to become the GM of the Knicks.

Smith has ties to Northern California. As a player, Smith's rights were sold by the Nuggets to the Warriors in 1987. He played in 137 games over two seasons with the Warriors.

After his playing days were over, Smith joined the Warriors' front office as the executive director of basketball operations.

Currently, Smith is the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.

Report: Deal in China for ex-Kings guard worth more than his NBA minimum

fredette-honeycutt-isaiah-presser.jpg
AP

Report: Deal in China for ex-Kings guard worth more than his NBA minimum

Jimmer Fredette is reportedly going back to China.

Fredette agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks worth $1.8 million annually, according to David Pick.

Fredette has accrued five years of NBA service.

The minimum NBA salary for Fredette in 2017-18 would be...

$1,709,538.

The Kings selected Fredette with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

He averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie and 7.2 points in Year 2.

Sacramento waived Fredette in February 2014.

Over 50 games with the Pelicans in 2014-15, he averaged 3.6 points per game and shot below 19 percent from deep.

He did not see any action against the Warriors in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.

In China last year, Fredette averaged 37.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.

He scored 73 points on Feb. 19.