Road trip continues as Kings visit Martin, Rockets

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Road trip continues as Kings visit Martin, Rockets

KINGS (4-7) vs.HOUSTON (3-7)
(APCSN) -- The Houston Rockets can finally settle in at home following a road-heavy portion of their schedule.The Sacramento Kings are looking for more success on the road as their five-game trip continues.Houston opens a stretch of nine of 11 at home Friday night when the Kings try to win two straight for the first time this season.Following Wednesday's 101-95 overtime loss at San Antonio, the Rockets (3-7) have won just once while playing a Western Conference-high seven road games.

Houston, playing its fifth road game in nine nights, shot 42.7 percent after missing eight of 10 in the extra session. The team is hitting 43.2 percent from the field on the road compared to 46.9 in three home games."That's just how the game goes," said former King Kevin Martin, averaging 14.1 points on the road versus 22.7 in Houston. "Percentages always catch up in this league, so that's just how it went. It wasn't in our favor."Sacramento (4-7) begins this season series on the heels of its first road win, 98-91 over Toronto on Wednesday. The Kings had lost their first four road games by an average of 23.3 points.
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"I told our guys when you get a road win it's like winning two because you actually get the win and you get a confidence booster that you know you can play well on the road," coach Keith Smart said.Since Smart took over for the fired Paul Westphal last week, second-year forward DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 18.3 points and 13.5 rebounds while posting a double-double in all four games.He had 21 points and a career-high 19 boards Wednesday."He's a new player, man," said Tyreke Evans, scoring 24.5 points per game since the coaching switch. "I'm happy for him. He's done a great job just going out there and playing, helping us, not arguing with anybody on the team, just staying focused."Cousins averaged 17.8 points with 10.3 rebounds as the Kings dropped three of four to the Rockets last season. Cousins had 15 points and 15 boards as Sacramento snapped Houston's four-game home winning streak in the series with a 104-101 road victory April 5.Samuel Dalembert also had 15 rebounds for the Kings in that game, but they opted not to re-sign the veteran center and he joined the Rockets last month. Dalembert has been in Houston's starting lineup for the last three games, averaging 4.7 points and 6.3 boards.Rookie forward Chandler Parsons has scored 30 points while starting Houston's last three games in place of the injured Chase Budinger.Rockets forward Luis Scola has posted a double-double in each of the Kings' last six visits to Houston, averaging 20.7 points and 11.8 boards.Sacramento might be without leading scorer Marcus Thornton for a third straight game due to a thigh injury. He totaled 37 points in two games versus Houston last season after being acquired from New Orleans on Feb. 23.If Thornton is out, rookie Jimmer Fredette could make third straight start. He's gone 5 for 17 from the field in the first two.Martin is averaging 22.3 points in six games against Sacramento since being dealt to the Rockets on Feb. 18, 2010. He scored 30 in the Kings' last visit April 5.

Report: Galloway to opt out of deal, opening up more cap space for Kings

Report: Galloway to opt out of deal, opening up more cap space for Kings

SACRAMENTO -- In an unexpected move, published reports have Sacramento Kings guard Langston Galloway opting out of the final year of his contract that would have paid the 25-year-old $5.4 million next season.

Galloway was acquired by the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal during All-Star weekend. The third-year pro averaged 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19 games for Sacramento, while shooting a robust 47.5 percent from long range.

With the move, Sacramento moves an estimated $56 million under the salary cap for the 2017-18 season with a team option on Arron Afflalo for $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. If Afflalo isn’t retained, the Kings can move $67 million under the salary cap with just seven players under contract.

Galloway joins a growing list of veterans to leave the Kings since the end of the season. Rudy Gay declined his $14.3 million player option earlier in the month and Sacramento chose to waive forward Anthony Tolliver and pay his $2 million buyout instead of a $8 million contract for next year.

Mike Scotto of BasketballInsiders.com was first with the news.

Report: Kings reject Lakers' offer to swap lottery picks

Report: Kings reject Lakers' offer to swap lottery picks

In their attempt to offer a package to Indiana for Paul George, the Lakers came knocking on the Kings' door.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Kings weren't interested in what they had to offer.

According to TNT, the Lakers offered the No. 2 pick to the Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks.

The Kings reportedly rejected the offer.

The Lakers' plan appearantly was to take one of the two picks acquired from the Kings, package it with the No. 27 and No. 28 picks they owned and a player on their roster in an offer for George.

It appears they'll have to find a different avenue to get George to LA.