NBA Gameday: Youth takes center stage against Suns

NBA Gameday: Youth takes center stage against Suns

UPDATE (5:26pm PT on Wednesday): Roughly 90 minutes before tip-off, the Kings announced that PG Darren Collison and SF Anthony Tolliver will miss Wednesday's game due to planned rest. SG Tyreke Evans is listed as probable with a sore left ankle.


After dropping eight straight games, the Sacramento Kings bounced back on Monday night against the Orlando Magic, coming away with the 120-115 win at Golden 1 Center. They travel to Phoenix trying to make it two in a row Wednesday evening against the young, but erratic Suns.

Seven players scored in double-figures for the Kings against Orlando, including a team-high 19 from both Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver. The young core of Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere all started for Sacramento and chipped in a combined 46 points and 22 rebounds in the victory.

Phoenix is buoyed by a pair of scoring guards in Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. Bledsoe bull rushes at opposing defenses, while Booker loves the 3-ball. Each player is averaging 21.1 points per game on the season for a team that sits near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. 


Suns by 6


Kings: 26-41, third place Pacific

Suns: 22-45, fourth place Pacific


Skal Labissiere vs. Marquese Chriss -- Vlade Divac drew the ire of plenty of fans and NBA talking heads when he traded down from the the no. 8 spot in the 2016 NBA Draft in a deal with Phoenix that included the No. 13 and No. 28 picks plus the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic. The jury is still out on Georgios Papagiannis, the 13th overall selections, and Bogdanovic is currently playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish league, but the 28th pick yielded Labissiere, who is quickly showing his value. 

Since the All-Star break, Labissiere is averaging 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game. Divac passed on Sacramento-native Marquese Chriss, who is averaging 8.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game on the season for Phoenix. Both of these young forwards have tremendous potential going forward and should see each other plenty of times over the next decade.


Kings: SG Malachi Richardson (right hamstring partial tear) out, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.

Suns: C Alex Len (hip) questionable, F Dragan Bender (ankle) out.


The season series between these two teams is all tied up at 1-1. Phoenix leads the all-time series 131-88 and they hold an 84-49 advantage during the Sacramento-era.


“It’s a good group and they get along and they go play hard. That’s kind of the identity that we’re hoping to have going forward. Whoever plays, this is how we do it here. We have great fans, a wonderful arena and we go out and and we play really hard.” -Dave Joerger following the win over Orlando

Source: Kings decline to extend qualifying offer to Ben McLemore

Source: Kings decline to extend qualifying offer to Ben McLemore

After four years in the Capitol City, Ben McLemore's time is up.

The Kings have declined to extend a qualifying offer to McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent, a league source confirmed to's James Ham

The former No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kansas, McLemore played in 61 games this past season. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19.3 minutes.

McLemore's best season with the Kings came in 2014-15 when he averaged 12.1 points in 82 games.

But the 24-year-old saw his role cut back in 2015-16 under former head coach George Karl. His minutes dropped from 32.6 to 21.2 in 2015-16.

All-Rookie First Team shooting guard Buddy Hield projects as the Kings' starter heading into the 2017-18 season. Sacramento has several other options at shooting guard including Malachi Richardson and Garrett Temple.

The news was first reported by ESPN.

Report: Kings agree to three-year deal with Bogdanovic

Report: Kings agree to three-year deal with Bogdanovic

The Sacramento Kings continue to add young talent to their growing roster.

Serbian star Bogdan Bogdanovic is primed to join the Kings this summer on a three-year deal, league sources confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The deal will reportedly be worth between $30 and $36 million.

Bogdanovic, 24, is fresh of a European championship with Fenerbahçe of the Turkish super league and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The team is restricted from confirming the reports until July 6, when the NBA’s free agent moratorium ends, but there has been a growing optimism over Bogdanovic joining the Kings for some time.

Sacramento acquired the rights to Bogdanovic as part of a 2016 draft night trade that sent the eighth overall selection (Marquese Chriss) to the Phoenix Suns for picks No. 13 (Georgios Papagiannis) and No. 28 (Skal Labissiere). The Suns selected Bogdanovic with the 27th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but had failed in their attempts to lure the young shooting guard to the US.

Bogdanovic is expected to compete with Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson for minutes at the shooting guard position this season. The 6-foot-6, 194-pound guard averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc this season for Fenerbahçe.