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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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