Kings renounce rights to Dalembert

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Kings renounce rights to Dalembert

The Kings continued their busy Friday by renouncing the rights to Samuel Dalembert, Pooh Jeter, Marquis Daniels, and Darnell Jackson.

The Kings can still re-sign Dalembert but can only offer a four-year contract.

Had they retained his rights, they would have had the ability to sign him up to five years.

NBA Gameday: Kings look to bounce back against shorthanded Jazz

NBA Gameday: Kings look to bounce back against shorthanded Jazz

After another last minute loss on Friday night to the New York Knicks, the Sacramento Kings jump right back into the fire Saturday night against the Utah Jazz in a brutal home and road back-to-back.

Embroiled in off-the-court controversy, forward Matt Barnes missed Friday night’s game against the Knicks with what coach Dave Joerger deemed “scheduled rest.” After sitting out 12 of the Kings’ previous 16 games as a healthy scratch, and playing just 29 total minutes since Nov. 1, veteran Anthony Tolliver got the call and filled in admirably for Barnes. Tolliver finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench in the loss to New York.

The Jazz played without four starters Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors and lost by a final of 106-99. Joe Ingles came off Quin Snyder’s bench to score 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range and big man Rudy Gobert stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting night and added 17 rebounds.

OPENING LINE:
Jazz by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
DeMarcus Cousins vs. Rudy Gobert -- Cousins continues to dominate the action for Sacramento, averaging 28.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Gobert is one of the game’s best defensive bigs, posting 2.6 blocks per night for Utah. He’s improved greatly as a scorer and rebounder as well, averaging 11.6 points on an NBA-best 66.4 percent shooting, while grabbing 11.5 rebounds a game.

WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 8-14, fourth place in Pacific

Jazz: 14-10, second place in Northwest

INJURY REPORT:
Kings: F Matt Barnes (rest) sat out Friday night’s game, but according to coach Dave Joerger, he is expected to play Saturday night in Utah.

Jazz: PG George Hill (toe) out, SG Rodney Hood (hamstring) out, PF Derrick Favors (knee) out, G Alec Burks (knee/ankle) out. Gordon Hayward (finger) likely to play.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Kings won the season series over the Jazz 2-1 last year, but Utah leads the all-time series 99-81 and holds a 76-48 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE:
“It hurts. What hurts the most is we’re not playing the right way. With this group that we have, with the team that we have, we should be able to play the right way throughout the whole game. We’re all veteran players. We all understand how to play, but there’s times throughout the game, you know what I mean, it don’t seem like we’re really sacrificing for one another.” -Darren Collison on the Kings’ struggles

NBA reschedules postponed game between Kings and 76ers

NBA reschedules postponed game between Kings and 76ers

The postponed game between the Kings and 76ers from Nov. 30 has been rescheduled by the NBA.

The two teams will play the game in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

The league made the announcement Saturday afternoon.

"The National Basketball Association announced today that the Nov. 30 game between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers, which was postponed due to unsafe playing conditions on the arena floor, has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center."

The addition of the game to that part of the schedule turns a seven-game road trip for the Kings into an eight-game road trip. The Kings will now play eight game between Jan. 20 and Jan 31. The trip will now feature three back-to-back sets.