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The Kings have reached an agreement with veteran guard Ramon Sessions on a two-year deal worth $4.2 million, using the biannual exception because the team is over the salary cap.

Sacramento had been looking for a veteran to add to its young backcourt.

Sessions, 28, will be entering his eighth season after being a second-round pick out of Nevada by Milwaukee.

Sessions (6-3, 190) played for Charlotte and Milwaukee last season. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists between the two teams.

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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.

Wednesday, September 17 2014
Kings add center Ryan Hollins

The Kings reached an agreement with free agent center Ryan Hollins on a one-year contract, a league source confirmed.

Hollins (7-0, 240) averaged 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks backing up DeAndre Jordan for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. He appeared in 61 games, averaging 7.9 minutes.

Hollins was drafted in the second round by Charlotte out of UCLA in 2006.

Hollins has played for Charlotte, Dallas, Cleveland, Boston and the Clippers for the last two seasons. He has career averages of 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks.

Wednesday, September 17 2014
Kings finalize trade of Jason Terry to Houston
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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.

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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).

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Peja Stojakovic was a key member of fine Kings teams. Did he do enough to deserve having his number retired?

The Kings announced they will retire the No. 16 worn with distinction by small forward Peja Stojakovic. Did Stojakovic do enough as a member of the Kings to deserve that rare honor?

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.

Tuesday, September 9 2014
Kings open training camp Sept. 27

The Kings will open training camp Sept. 27 at the team’s training facility.

The camp will run through Oct. 4 before the team travels to Vancouver to open the preseason against the Toronto Raptors.

The Kings will hold media day Sept. 26.

The Kings are opening camp two days earlier than usual because they play preseason games in China next month and the NBA allows teams traveling overseas to start camp early.

Saturday, September 6 2014
Kings waive Jeremy Tyler

The Kings announced Saturday that forward-center Jeremy Tyler had been waived in a move that frees up more space under the salary cap.

Tyler’s contract for next season would have become guaranteed later this month.

Tyler was acquired from the New York Knicks along with Wayne Ellington and the rights to the Knicks’ 2016 second-round draft pick for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.

Ellington had already been waived by the Kings.

Thursday, September 4 2014
Kings to add David Wear for training camp

The Kings will sign former UCLA forward David Wear to a non-guaranteed one-year contract to join the team for training camp.

Wear (6-10, 225) averaged 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds as a senior and was recognized at the end of the season as the team’s top defender.

Wear, a prep star at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana along with his twin brother Travis. They began their college careers at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA in 2010.

Wear is a player who could eventually play for the Reno Bighorns in the D-League this season.

A move that happened while I was on vacation became official today.

The Kings announced they waived guard Wayne Ellington.

Ellington was acquired from New York Aug. 6 along with forward-center Jeremy Tyler and the unencumbered rights to the Knicks’ 2016 second-round draft pick for forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.

ESPN reported Ellington was waived Sunday, the last day the Kings could use the “waive-and-stretch” provision on a player.

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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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