Kings swing and miss early in free agency, still plenty of names out there

Kings swing and miss early in free agency, still plenty of names out there

The Sacramento Kings continued their attempts to fortify late Saturday evening and early Sunday. So far, they have missed on veteran forwards, but they still have a few irons in the fire.

  • According to Andre Iguodala himself via twitter, the veteran is headed back to the Golden State Warriors. The Kings were in the final bidding, but according to USA Today’s Sam Amick, they stopped short of the three-year, $48 million Golden State gave the 33-year-old.
  • According to Amick, Sacramento bowed out of the Danilo Gallinari sweepstakes as well on Sunday morning. The smooth shooting forward is still choosing between a return to Denver or a possible move to the Clippers.
  • Multiple reports had the Kings meeting with restricted free agent Otto Porter on Sunday. The 24-year-old wing is a perfect fit for their youth movement, but the Washington Wizards have promised to match any offer, despite the implications to their cap situation. Porter will likely garner a max money offer sheet and the Wizards will have 48 hours to decide whether to match or let him go in free agency.
  • P.J. Tucker was supposed to meet with the Kings on Sunday, but instead, he inked a four-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets according to Jonathan Feigen.
  • Sacramento had shown interest in power forward Taj Gibson, but according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the veteran signed with Minnesota for two-year, $28 million.

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.

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


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.