NBA suspends Kings' Collison for first eight games of season

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NBA suspends Kings' Collison for first eight games of season

UPDATE (3:25 pm PDT on Sunday): The NBA officially announced that Kings point guard Darren Collison has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2016-17 season.

Following the announcement, the Kings issued the following statement:

"Domestic violence is a serious issue and directly contradicts the values of the Sacramento Kings. Darren has taken responsibility for his actions and will work to raise awareness of this critical issue in the community, We support the NBA's decision on this matter."

In their statement, the NBA explained their decision:

"The NBA conducted its own investigation into this matter, including a review of all available materials and interviews of the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence, upon whom the league relies in connection with such matters.

Based on this investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the NBA determined that an eight-game suspension was appropriate. Among other factors, the NBA took into account the conduct and its result, the player’s acceptance of responsibility, his cooperation with both law enforcement and the NBA, and his voluntary participation in counseling in addition to the court-mandated program."

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SACRAMENTO - The biggest question mark coming into Sacramento Kings training camp has been answered. A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to CSN California that veteran point guard Darren Collison has been suspended by the NBA for the first eight games of the 2016-17 season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in September.

“It’s been an unfortunate summer, difficult offseason, you know what I mean, but as a man, you’ve got to take responsibility,” Collison told reporters during media day on Monday. “Right now, what’s best for my family is to kind of move forward and focus on basketball. This has kind of been my safe haven thus far.”

Collison was arrested over Memorial Day weekend and originally charged with two misdemeanor counts after a late night altercation with his wife.

After countless delays, the 29-year-old point guard accepted a plea deal with the Placer County district attorneys office on September 2, pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence. The conviction came with a 20-day jail sentence, which he will serve in an Alternative Sentencing Program, where he will work on community service projects overseen by Placer County.

In addition to community service, Collison was also sentenced to three years of informal probation and he is required to attend a 52-week “Batterer Treatment” class, which is mandatory by the state of California in all domestic violence convictions.

Collison is in his third season with the Kings after signing a 3-year, $15 million deal in 2014. He averaged 14 points and 4.3 assists per game as both a starter and reserve for Sacramento and before running into legal trouble he was expected to begin the season as the starter.

The Kings have since added veterans Ty Lawson and Jordan Farmar to support the position with the expectation that Collison would miss time due to suspension.

Collison is allowed to play during the preseason but he will miss the first two weeks of the regular season due to the suspension. He is eligible to return to action on Nov. 8 when the Kings take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden 1 Center. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was first with the information. According to Stein, the suspension will cost Collison an estimated $380,324 in lost game checks.

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win

BOX SCORE

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings aren’t done fighting yet. In front of their home crowd, they pulled off their second consecutive shocker, this time dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies in dramatic fashion by the final of 91-90.

Darren Collison battled Mike Conley Jr. all night long at the point guard position. After scoring 19 against the Clippers on Sunday, Collison hit the Grizzlies for 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added a team-high seven assists. His free throw with 5.7 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner.

Rookie Buddy Hield continued his hot shooting, scoring 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The 23-year-old shooting guard is quickly establishing himself as a big time scoring option for the Kings moving forward.

Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists. 7-footer Kosta Koufos found success against his former team, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out late.

Ty Lawson led the second unit with 10 points, while Anthony Tolliver went 4-of-7 from the field for nine points.

Conley Jr. received the biggest contract in NBA history during the offseason and he showed why Monday against the Kings. The veteran point guard dropped in 22 points and dished out nine assists as the Grizzlies fell to 40-34 on the season.

35-year-old big man Zach Randolph went to work in the post. The 16-year NBA vet dropped in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, schooling the Kings frontline with the left-handed flip early in the game.

Brandan Wright came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Troy Daniels added 10 points.  

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Collison is heating up. Over his last two games, the veteran guard has scored 42 points on 16-for-24 shooting and kept his team in the ballgame.

TURNING POINT:
Despite leading by eight on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, Sacramento couldn’t close the door on the Grizzlies. Collison drew a foul with 5.7 remaining and his team trailing by one. He knocked down both freebies and Randolph missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to help the Kings improve to 29-45 on the season.   

INJURY UPDATE:
Arron Afflalo missed the game due to a personal matter and Tyreke Evans sat for scheduled rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT:
The Kings are back at it Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center when the Utah Jazz roll through Sacramento. Following the matchup with Utah, the Kings travel to New Orleans to face former King DeMarcus Cousins on Friday evening.

 

Kings refute reported interest in ex-76ers GM Hinkie

Kings refute reported interest in ex-76ers GM Hinkie

UPDATE (6:30pm PT on Monday): The Kings issued a statement in response to a report that they had received permission to speak with former 76ers GM Sam Hinkie:

"The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in above Vlade."

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Is "The Process" coming to Sacramento?

The Kings have reportedly received permission to talk to former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, according to ESPN.

Hinkie took over as GM in Philadelphia in the summer of 2013, but after three straight sub-20-win seasons, he stepped down from the role.

According to the report, a specific role for Hinkie is unknown.

More to come...