Kings release schedule -- open with Lakers


Kings release schedule -- open with Lakers


The Sacramento Kings released their 2011-12 schedule Tuesday, which opens with a visit from Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Monday, Dec. 26 and features a visit to NBA champion Dallas on Jan. 14.

Four of Sacramento's first five games are at home, with Chicago (Dec. 29), New York (Dec. 31) and New Orleans (Jan. 1) highlighting the early season calendar, giving fans in the state capital a chance to see rookie Jimmer Fredette join with teammates Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.

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Following a pair of preseason games with Northern California rival Golden State, the Kings and Warriors will meet for the first time in the regular season in Oakland on Jan. 31.

Some notable elements of the upcoming 66-game season for Sacramento:

- By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: December (3 home, 1 away = 4 total), January (5 home, 12 away = 17 total), February (5 home, 8 away = 13 total), March (12 home, 6 away = 18 total), April (8 home, 6 away = 14 total).

- By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (2 home, 5 away = 7 total), Tuesday (4 home, 9 away = 13 total), Wednesday (6 home, 5 away = 11 total), Thursday (8 home, 0 away = 8 total), Friday (3 home, 6 away = 9 total), Saturday (4 home, 5 away = 9 total), Sunday (6 home, 3 away = 9 total).

- The Kings longest homestand is nine games versus New Orleans (Wednesday, March 7), Dallas (Friday, March 9), Atlanta (Sunday, March 11), Golden State (Tuesday, March 13), Detroit (Wednesday, March 14), Boston (Friday, March 16), Minnesota (Sunday, March 18), Memphis (Tuesday, March 20) and Utah (Thursday, March 22) at Power Balance Pavilion.

- Sacramento embarks on five road trips of three or more games in length. The longest is a six-game journey with stops in Chicago (Tuesday, February 14), New York (Wednesday, February 15), Detroit (Friday, February 17), Cleveland (Sunday, February 19), Miami (Tuesday, Feb. 21) and Washington (Wednesday, Feb. 22).

- Of the 16 sets of back-to-back games, three are of the home-home contests, nine are of the away-away variety, two are away-home and two are of the home-away category.

- Sacramento has one back-to-back-to-back set at Memphis (Tuesday, Jan. 3) and Denver (Wednesday, Jan. 4) and home versus Milwaukee (Thursday, Jan. 5).

- The Kings will host three Sunday games with a start time of 3 pm versus Orlando (Jan. 8), Minnesota (March 18) and Portland (April 15).

- Sacramentos 33-game home schedule features 13 weekend contests at Power Balance Pavilion.

- The Kings handed the Toronto Raptors a 111-108 defeat in last seasons home opener at ARCO Arena. This season marks the first time Sacramento has faced the Los Angeles Lakers in their home opener.

- Sacramento recorded a 117-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in last years road opener at the Target Center. This season marks only the third time the Kings have played the Portland Trail Blazers in their road opener. Sacramento is 0-2 in such games, suffering losses to Portland at the beginning of the 1988-89 and 1989-90 campaigns by scores of 103-121 and 96-114, respectively.

- The Kings have opened the season on the road in each of the past seven campaigns, playing three or more games.

- The Kings will play on one national holiday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16th).

Report: Kings meeting with former Magic, Warriors exec


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


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.

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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.