Vivek Ranadive has spent the past year breathing new life into the Sacramento Kings, helping the tired franchise boost ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. His software company in Palo Alto hasn’t fared as well. Capping nearly two years of disappointing financial results and a decline in its stock price, Tibco Software Inc. agreed to be sold Monday to a private equity firm for $4.3 billion. The deal will give Ranadive a personal payout of $316.4 million for his share of the company he founded 17 years ago, according to regulatory filings.

Omri Casspi was traded by the Kings to Cleveland after the 2010-11 season, but Sacramento was always home to him.

Veteran forwards are off to a good start as the team sorts out who will play amongst their power forwards.

Before the Kings made their run at free agents in the offseason, their first big sales pitch was to Rudy Gay in June. They were trying to persuade the small forward to stay in Sacramento for the 2014-15 season.

Sacramento plans to use Gay at power forward, the position he played exclusively in helping the national team win gold in the FIBA World Cup.

Kings coach Michael Malone knows the real test of the team-first approach will come in games. That’s when players will have to put their egos in check and realize being a team player might mean not touching the ball, not playing as much or allowing DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to go to work on offense.

The Kings made a lot of changes in the offseason. Six players return from the team that finished last season. So how do the Kings fix the defense? Kings coach Michael Malone believes a better offense will help because the Kings will be able to set their defense more effectively.

Look around the NBA, and you’ll see plenty of scorers at point guard. That’s not what the Kings want. They want a point guard who will push the pace on offense, avoid dribbling out the shot clock, get teammates involved and defend. And yes, make shots when they are available.

If you didn’t like watching the Kings play offense last season, you’re not alone.

The Kings kicked off training camp for the 2014-15 season with media day Friday at the team’s practice facility. After last year’s crash course in ownership, Vivek Ranadive is feeling a lot better about his team. Only two players, center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Jason Thompson, remain from the roster Ranadive’s ownership group inherited in May 2013.

There have been many times in speaking with DeMarcus Cousins over the last four years he’d say he wasn’t much of a shot blocker.

It's media day for the Sacramento Kings. Follow the event -- and the fun -- here.

Former Kings guard Mitch Richmond will join the broadcast team this season as an analyst on the pregame and postgame shows on Comcast SportsNet California.

The Sacramento Kings are adding the Uber car service to the team app this fall, allowing fans to tap in for rides to and from Sleep Train Arena. The new service starts with the team’s home opener this season on Oct. 29.

It's Media Day for the Sacramento Kings, and before Jason Jones headed out to speak with the team, he hosted a live chat. Replay it here.

With the Kings opening training camp on Friday and starting practice Saturday, The Bee’s Jason Jones assesses the roster, position by position:

The Kings have a lot of power forwards. But they don’t have one they’d call their solution at the position for years to come.

The only basketball executive to survive last year’s purge under the Kings’ new ownership could be out now, too. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Kings, league sources told The Bee on Wednesday. The Kings declined to comment.

The Kings finally found their answer at small forward last season when they traded for Rudy Gay.

Some of the remaining tenants at Downtown Plaza could be leaving soon as the mall’s developer considers remodeling the site to coincide with construction of the new Sacramento Kings arena.

Sacramento Kings broadcaster Kayte Christensen was released from the Sacramento County Jail Tuesday after being arrested for driving under the influence Monday.

The Kings gave Ben McLemore every opportunity to play a lot of minutes to end his rookie season in 2013-14.

Two new additions and one holdover will fill the void left by Thomas, who is now with Phoenix.

Point guard has been an emphasis with the Kings this offseason.

Cousins might be the best center in basketball by the end of this season but he will need to rest. How will the Kings manage the minutes behind Cousins?

As expected, the Kings sign two veteran frontcourt players – forward Omri Casspi and center Ryan Hollins – as they prepare to open training camp next week.

Since taking over as Kings general manager in June 2013, Pete D’Alessandro may be the busiest executive in the NBA.

x-Casspi is expected to sign before camp opens Sept. 27; y-Cunningham is a free agent

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

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.

During one six-week period in the late summer of 2014, DeMarcus Cousins tinkered madly with his narrative, changing perceptions and recasting his image, emerging as a significant, perhaps invaluable member of the senior national team, and displaying a familiar dramatic flair at the end.

The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 jersey when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 16 at Sleep Train Arena.

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?

A lawsuit challenging Sacramento’s subsidy for the new Kings arena has cleared a legal hurdle, keeping the suit alive.

Pizza Guys chain picks Sacramento Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore as the new spokesman for the chain, following the sign-and-trade deal that sent point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns this summer.

Abdur-Rahim addresses racially-charged comments by Hawks’ owner and general manager.

Rudy Gay was a late addition to Team USA, and in fact, he didn’t even join the squad until after the weeklong training camp in Las Vegas in late July. But in a brief telephone chat from Spain, the Kings forward said he welcomed the chance to compete in another FIBA World Cup partly because he enjoyed playing on Mike Krzyzewski’s 2010 national team four years ago.

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

As he predicted – so he deserves all the credit – DeMarcus Cousins is making the most of his opportunity with Team USA.

Three years ago, the Sacramento Kings struggled to sell the naming rights to their own arena. Now, with the business side of the franchise reinvigorated by new ownership, the team is launching its own consulting company to help outside clients sell sponsorships and burnish their brands.

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

When the U.S. men’s national team gathered in Las Vegas in late July to begin the selection process for this month’s FIBA World Cup, it was far from certain Kings center DeMarcus Cousins would make the team.

From last season, here’s how good DeMarcus Cousins looked. His top 10 plays.

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

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

The Kings reportedly have reached an agreement to trade veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets. In the deal, reported first Sunday by Yahoo Sports, the Rockets would send a package of players with non-guaranteed contracts, including small forward Alonzo Gee, to the Kings, who would waive the players to gain salary gap space.

A judge will continue to ponder the fate of a lawsuit challenging the city of Sacramento’s $255 million subsidy for the new Kings arena.

A group of Sacramentans suing to block the city’s subsidy for the new Kings arena got a split decision from a judge Thursday.

While this is a public relations coup at the very least for the Kings, this is a nice plum and a second go-round for Rudy Gay, and an absolutely monumental achievement for DeMarcus Cousins.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay will play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup starting next Saturday.

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