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.

Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments


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


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.