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Kings' roster construction hits 15 players with addition of NBA legend

Kings' roster construction hits 15 players with addition of NBA legend

The Sacramento Kings continue their summer rebuilding project. First they went for broke in the NBA Draft, selecting three first-round picks and an early second rounder. Then they enticed European sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic to join the team on a three-year deal. 

After building the young core, the focus shifted this week to shoring up the infrastructure of the team with quality NBA veterans. 

Point guard George Hill was signed to mentor rookies De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason. Zach Randolph, a 16-year veteran, was brought to help Kosta Koufos develop young bigs Skal Labissiere, Harry Giles, Georgios Papagiannis and Willie Cauley-Stein. 

With Garrett Temple set to work with wings Justin Jackson and Malachi Richardson, the Kings needed one more piece to challenge a fleet of young shooting guards. 

Bogdanovic and second-year guard Buddy Hield will have the honor of working with an NBA legend. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 10-time All-Star Vince Carter has agreed to join the Kings on a one-year, $8 million contract. Carter, along with Randolph are set to join Dave Joerger, their former head coach with the Grizzlies. 

With the addition of Carter, the Kings officially said goodbye to Rudy Gay, who reportedly inked a deal with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. He joins a long list of veteran free agents to leave the Kings over the last week, including Darren Collison, Langston Galloway and Ben McLemore. 

With the addition of Carter, Sacramento’s roster now stands at 15 players. They have an opportunity to ink two additional players on two-way contracts in conjunction with the NBA’s G-League. 

The rebuild is in full swing and it’s hard to argue with the Kings’ approach. They’ve added cultural building blocks, talent and depth across the board. 

It’s an unconventional roster make-up, but the Kings have five quality veterans to go with 10 players under the age of 24, nine of which are first-round picks. Eight of those players are on their way to Las Vegas for Summer League, where they open Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. 

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.