Kings hope to improve conditioning, unity in Colorado

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Kings hope to improve conditioning, unity in Colorado

The Sacramento Kings have taken their training camp on the road, spending their first week of camp in Colorado.

The Sacramento Bee is reporting the team is in Colorado Springs at the United States Olympic Training Center to improve the team's conditioning in high altitude.

Colorado Springs is over 6,000 feet above sea level.

In addition to the tougher conditions the team will experience in Colorado, forming bonds within the lockerroom is something that head coach Keith Smart hopes to develop with his team.

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"You want them to focus on just the team at the moment," Smart said. "They don't have anyone else out here they have to focus with. They have to focus on just the team."

Smart said he noticed a lack of camaraderie between teammates last season, something he wanted to address early in training camp.

"When things went bad last year a couple of times, we shied away from each other," Marcus Thornton said. "To be a good team, to be the team we want to be, we can't do that. When times get hard, we have to come together and be a team all the time."
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Jimmer Fredette may have the biggest advantage in Colorado, though.

The second-year guard spent the offseason training in Denver, with an elevation of over 5,000 feet.

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The 76ers select Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft

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The 76ers select Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft

With the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers have selected point guard Markelle Fultz out of the University of Washington. 

Philadelphia acquired the top pick from Boston for the No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft, plus either a first-round pick in 2018 or 2019. 

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game in 25 games played as a freshman.

 

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.