Posted on: June 26, 2009 1:51 pm
When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Ricky Rubio at No. 5 -- and then immediately took fellow PG Jonny Flynn at No. 6 -- it may have been the start of an interesting journey that could end with at least one of the rookies lpaying elsewhere.
Rubio first has a contract buyout to negotiate with his former team in Europe, which Timberwolves basketball operations vice president David Kahn says will be an "interesting ride," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
For Rubio, staying in Europe is apparently not out of the question, either.
"Right now I wouldn't rule out at all returning to Spain," El Pais quoted him as saying.
He also said he might be willing to postpone his debut with the Timberwolves a bit.
"It's a team that would even wait a year for me, so we'll see if I come over next year or not."
The Sacramento Bee speculated that Rubio was disappointed with the Kings passed him up with the No. 4 pick, and even more dejected with Minnesota claimed him. Confusing the issue even further was the selection of Flynn right afterward. Kahn said he would like to pair up Flynn and Rubio in the backcourt, but others speculate that the Wolves will try to deal Rubio or Flynn.
As far as Rubio's apparent disappointment with being selected by Minnesota, the Star Tribune quoted Kahn as saying it's not the location that's the issue.
"I don't think its a destination problem," he said. "I really don"t. I believe he would have been more than happy to play in Oklahoma City, and with all due respect to Oklahoma City."
Posted on: February 17, 2009 10:48 am
The Sacramento Bee reports that the rumored trade sending veteran Sam Cassell from the Celtics to the Kings is almost finalized -- perhaps to be announced on Tuesday -- but there are some issues left to be ironed out in the deal.
Reports have stated that Cassell will go to Sacramento along with cash considerations, and in return, the Celtics will get a future second-round pick. Cassell is in the final year of his contract and has yet to play in a game this season, but his experience on championship teams could be a valuable asset to the Kings roster.
However, the Bee adds that the Kings' motivation in making this deal is still not entirely clear, and that it's possible Cassell could be waived before he arrives in Sacramento or he could become a part of some larger deal the Kings have in store.
Posted on: February 4, 2009 11:37 am
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Posted on: January 28, 2009 12:52 pm
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Cavaliers may not remain in the bidding to get Brad Miller from the Kings, due at least partially to the fact that Cleveland seems to be doing fine with the roster it has.
Posted on: December 5, 2008 10:54 am
In light of the chatter that Reggie Theus could be the next NBA head coach on the chopping block -- chatter that apparently began in the Sacramento Kings office itself -- many Kings players are speaking out in support of Theus, in comments published Friday by the Sacramento Bee.
Kevin Martin said it's "unfair" to put the blame for the Kings' lackluster start on Theus, citing injuries and other issues beyond the coach's control.
"It's not (the coaching staff) losing games," Martin said. "They're putting their hard hours in, giving us their scouting report night in and night out and they're not playing the games. It's on us.
"This talk about (Theus) being gone whenever just needs to go out the window, because we're all excited about playing for him. I want him here, Brad (Miller), the vets, they want him here. He's our coach."
Brad Miller also chimed in to support Theus.
"I told Reggie I'll stick with him; I'll ride or die with him with the relationship I have with him," Miller said. "I love Reggie, and he's a friend and everything."
The Bee also reported that Miller was planning a hunting trip with Theus for the near future.
Posted on: November 11, 2008 11:11 am
In comments published in the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith said he wouldn't be surprised if the Sacramento Kings approached him before the February trade deadline in an attempt to acquire Hedo Turkoglu.
Turkoglu began his NBA career in Sacramento when the Kings drafted him in 2000. Turkoglu became the first Turkish-born person to play in the NBA. The Kings sent Turkoglu to San Antonio in a 2003 deal, and Smith says the Kings have been trying to get him back "ever since he left."
Smith claims the Kings have been in contact with the Magic since they picked up Turkoglu from free agency in 2004, and although it's been a while since they made an offer for Turkoglu, Smith would not be surprised to hear from them again before February. However, unless the Kings bring a better offer to the table than they have in the past, don't expect the Magic to react.
"They wanted to give us their trash," Smith said of prior Kings offers for Turkoglu.
Turkoglu has a provision in his contract that allows him to become a free agent at the end of this season.