Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) walks to bench during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Sleep Train Arena Sunday April 6, 2014 in Sacramento.
With training camp opening Sept. 27, we take a look at questions the Kings will have address during the preseason.
We start with center, where there are no questions about who will hold the position down for Sacramento.
It’s all about who will play when Boogie is on the bench for a breather.
DeMarcus Cousins had one of the most dominant individual seasons in recent years for the Kings, averaging 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in 32.4 minutes.
Nets shooting guard Jason Terry (31) talks to official Joe Crawford about a foul at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Sacramento.
The Kings announced they have traded guard Jason Terry and two future second round draft picks to the Houston Rockets for guard/forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a trade exception.
The Rockets will receive Sacramento’s 2015 second round pick if it falls between 31 and 49, and New York’s 2016 unprotected second round pick from the Kings.
Terry was acquired in February along with Reggie Evans for Marcus Thornton. Terry never played for the Kings after the team allowed him to rehab in Dallas. Terry had been slowed with the Nets after offseason knee surgery.
Terry had made it clear in public comments that he did not want to play for the Kings and preferred to play for a playoff contender.
Peja Stojakovic talks to Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive before the game at the Sleep Train Arena Sunday April 6, 2014 in Sacramento.
The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 jersey when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 16 at Sleep Train Arena.
“My time in Sacramento was the best years of my career and truly some of the best years of my life,” Stojakovic said in a statement released by the Kings. “I am proud of what we built in Sacramento and the connection we made with the fans and the community. Kings fans are some of the best fans in the world, and it was an honor to play for them. I want to thank Vivek (Ranadive) and the entire Kings family for welcoming me back for this celebration, and I look forward to following the exciting times ahead for the Sacramento Kings.”
Stojakovic joins guard Mitch Richmond (2), forward Chris Webber (4) and center Vlade Divac (21) as numbers retired by the Kings since they moved from Kansas City, Mo., in 1985.
Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star, was the 14th overall pick in the 1996 draft. In eight seasons with the Kings, he averaged 18.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. He holds the franchise records for three-pointers made (1,070) and attempted (2,687) and free-throw percentage (.893).
Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (right) battles Sacramento Kings' Shareef Abdur-Rahim (left) for rebound position during the first half at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, January 27, 2007.
Kings director of player personnel and general manager for the Development League affiliate Reno Bighorns Shareef Abdur-Rahim shared his thoughts in an open letter to Yahoo! Sports on the mess in Atlanta involving general manager Danny Ferry, majority owner Bruce Levenson and racially insensitive remarks made by both that came to light this week.
Levenson has since announced he will sell his stake in the team after an email was reported to the league in which he wondered if black customers scared off whites from attending Hawks games.
Ferry is taking a leave of absence after his comments about Luol Deng, which he said came from a scouting report he was reading, portrayed the Sudan-born Deng as a liar and cheat because he still has “a little African” in him.
Abdur-Rahim is from Atlanta and has a great affinity for the city and community having also played for the Hawks.
Sim Bhullar blocks a shot against Jarred Shaw of the Charlotte Hornets in their NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on July 13, 2014. The Kings announced Friday that they signed Bhullar to a contract.
The Kings broke new international ground by signing Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State who is the first player of Indian descent to join an NBA team. Is it a move that’s going to help the Kings? Please share your thoughts.
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