On this warm, wet afternoon in the desert, DeMarcus Cousins sprinted toward the most significant few weeks of his professional career and, perhaps, of his young life. Is he ready to take his show on the road – to accompany the 2014 U.S. men’s national team to the FIBA World Cup next month in Spain – or will he let this gold medal opportunity slip through his undeniably capable fingers?

Former Kings coach Paul Westphal, recently named an assistant on Lionel Hollins’ staff in Brooklyn, attended the opening practice Monday for Team USA. He watched the session from the upper section with Hollins and fellow Nets assistant Joe Wolf.

The Sacramento Kings are cashing in on a new, highly lucrative television deal that’s on par with what National Basketball Association franchises in larger markets receive.

Charles Barkley serves as a powerful teaching lesson for DeMarcus Cousins for a number of reasons, namely because he also had to convince skeptical American basketball officials that he would curb his behavior and represent his country honorably and without incident in the first Olympic Games featuring NBA superstars.

Omri Casspi, who was drafted by the Kings in the opening round (23rd overall) in 2009, is finalizing a one-year contract with his original franchise. The 6-foot-9 small forward was in Tel Aviv, Israel, and unavailable for comment.

A judge cleared the way Friday for construction to begin on the new Sacramento Kings arena.

See what The Bee's Ailene Voisin, preparing to visit with DeMarcus Cousins as he works for a spot on Team USA, had to say during the live chat she hosted on Friday.

The Kings reached an agreement with third-year forward Quincy Acy and his agent to extend the deadline to guarantee his salary for next season until Aug. 15.

The Kings reached an agreement with third-year forward Quincy Acy and his agent to extend the deadline to guarantee his salary for next season until Aug. 15.

A judge is poised to remove what is probably the final legal barrier before construction can begin on the new Sacramento Kings arena.

It’s no surprise the Kings are the most popular NBA team in the Sacramento region.

See what The Bee's Jason Jones had to say during a live chat focusing on the Kings and what their next move might be after a good summer league showing.

Omri Casspi arrived in Sacramento with his ego bursting, his prospects for a long-term career with the Kings promising, and his tiny country of Israel riding on his shoulders, along for the ride. Five years later, he barely recognizes his life.

The Kings beat the Houston Rockets 77-68 Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center to win the NBA Summer League title, but the championship took a back seat to player development in the big picture.

Ray McCallum hadn’t been a big-time scorer through six summer league games.

Isaiah Thomas says he considers himself a starting point guard in the NBA but he's willing to sacrifice that to play for a winning team.

The undrafted forward has been impressive in the NBA Summer League and might land an invitation to training camp.

They're out there, in our midst, tens of thousands of Los Angeles Lakers fans.

The Kings won their fifth game in a row to advance to the summer league championship game with a 74-62 win over the Washington Wizards Sunday at Thomas & Mack Center.

Free-agent guard joined Sacramento late last season and believes he did well

Utah’s Trey Burke has more insight than most players into two Kings offseason additions. The second-year guard played with rookie Nik Stauskas at Michigan when the Wolverines reached the NCAA championship game in 2013. Burke’s coach last season with the Jazz was Ty Corbin, now the Kings’ lead assistant coach who is coaching their summer league team.

Even before the end of last season, Kings coach Michael Malone spoke often about changing the team’s style of play. Malone wanted the Kings to play smarter and faster, move the ball and commit more to defense. That’s how the San Antonio Spurs won the 2014 NBA championship.

When did this happen? Sometime during the past few decades – after insisting he was not a role model, amassing fines for his misbehavior and catching hell for his words – Charles Barkley morphed into one of the true humanitarians of the modern sports era.

Five Kings scored in double figures as Sacramento beat the Chicago Bulls, 80-61, Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center.

MarShon Brooks is a changed basketball player, and he wants the rest of the NBA to see the difference. Dating to his college days at Providence, there wasn’t much to question about Brooks’ scoring ability.

Rookie guard Nik Stauskas’ first summer league game not scoring in double figures was not seen as a problem for the Kings. In Thursday’s win over Minnesota, Stauskas had four points and attempted only three shots in 24 minutes.

Ben McLemore wanted to show how much he’d worked on his game, he tried to do too much and it looked as if was regressing when the Kings began summer league.

Derrick Williams had his best summer league game on Monday with 17 points, but the Kings forward sat out Thursday’s 100-86 win over Minnesota at Cox Pavilion.

The Kings’ quest to upgrade at power forward has led them back to talks with the Detroit Pistons about Josh Smith, league sources said, though a deal is not imminent.

The U.S. men's national basketball team will visit the African continent for the first time, conducting a clinic in Senegal next month.

As first reported by ESPN, the Kings are again having discussions about a deal that would bring forward Josh Smith to Sacramento from Detroit.

First-round pick says he feels he’s ready right now to jump into the pro game, and the coaching staff is high on his potential

The veteran guard says he’d prefer to be on a title contender and adds of Sacramento, “I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process.”

The Sacramento Kings, defending their arena construction project against a citizens’ lawsuit, are demanding that project opponents post a $100 million bond to cover the “substantial” losses the team would suffer if litigation delays completion of the arena.

The Kings have no intention of buying out the remaining $5.45 million left on Jason Terry’s deal.

The NBA summer league is in the second year of a format that ends with a tournament to crown a champion.

Derrick Williams doesn’t need to be reminded how important the upcoming season is for him.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is one of 19 players on the 2014-16 USA Basketball national team roster who will participate in a training camp here July 28-Aug. 1.

The Kings trailed 22-7 in the first quarter before finding their way and eventually cruising to an 89-75 win over the NBA D-League Select in summer league play.

Rudy Gay is committed to the Kings for the 2014-15 season after exercising his player option worth $19.3 million. And while he says he likes the Kings' direction thus far, he is no rush to think beyond next season.

The Kings will not endure a four-game losing streak to open summer league this year thanks to a 72-65 win over the Charlotte Hornets Sunday at Cox Pavilion.

The new lead assistant looks forward to his reunion with coach Michael Malone. Corbin has known Malone for more than 10 years dating to Corbin’s time as manager of player development for New York during the 2003-04 season, when Malone was a Knicks assistant.

Kings coach Michael Malone was looking for someone he could lean on for advice who had been a head coach in the NBA. He believes he has that in Ty Corbin, the former NBA player who was Utah’s coach before being let go at the end of last season after four seasons.

The Kings officially signed Darren Collison to a three-year, $16 million contract Saturday to take over as the team’s starting point guard on the same day their trade of Isaiah Thomas to Phoenix became official.

LeBron James wanted to go home. Isaiah Thomas wanted to stay here, but he also wanted to be recognized as the Kings’ best point guard and a highly compensated starter for the foreseeable future, and that was the part that snagged the deal.

LAS VEGAS The Kings have been looking for veteran leadership and believe they’ve found it in Darren Collison.

The Kings aren’t trying to win the 2014 Summer League Championship, but they have a squad that should compete for the title.

Ben McLemore struggled through the NBA summer league last year and looked forward to playing better this year.

LeBron James always hinted he would move back to Cleveland, finish his career with the Cavaliers, continue working with youngsters and the underprivileged, keep trying to help his community. No one really saw this coming?

If it had been simply about statistics, it should have been simple for the Kings to re-sign Isaiah Thomas.

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