They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.

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.

As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.

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.

They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.

Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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

Anthony Davis is eager, not to mention proud, to accept the physical risks that go with playing without pay for Team USA.

The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.

Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.

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.

A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose's health made Damian Lillard expendable.

When USA Basketball announced the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup after Friday’s victory over Puerto Rico, it wasn’t a surprise the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay made the cut.

The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title.

With remarkable speed, the eastern half of Downtown Plaza is being reduced to a pile of rubble and recycling materials.

Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would've loved to give them what they wanted.

DeMarcus Cousins was continuing his rehabilitation workouts Tuesday afternoon in New York, where Team USA will play exhibition games against Dominican Republic at 4 p.m. today and Puerto Rico on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward.

When Team USA plays the Dominican Republic in an exhibition tonight in New York, look for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay of the Kings to be key players off the bench.

On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.

The Kings signed New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar on Friday, making him the first player of Indian descent under contract to an NBA team.

Construction crews are pouring a lot of water on the site of the new Sacramento Kings arena. But not as much as you might think.

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.

That deep sigh sweeping through Sacramento? Kings management and fans wincing when DeMarcus Cousins was injured while going for a loose ball in Team USA’s practice Thursday in Chicago.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when he hit the floor during Team USA’s practice in Chicago. Still, he’ll likely miss Saturday’s exhibition game against Brazil.

There’s probably no turning back now. Early Wednesday, chunks of walls began to fall as the first visible sign of the transformation of the mall into a new arena for the Sacramento Kings.

The NBA released its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday. Here are five Kings opponents certain to pack Sleep Train Arena:

The Kings will open the 2014-15 NBA season at Sleep Train Arena on Oct. 29 against the Warriors.

There's probably no turning back now.

Mark Cuban has his issues with basketball’s international governing body (FIBA). Paul George has a fractured leg. Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin are either not interested or interested but ailing. Kevin Durant, the face of Team USA, is full of surprises: He gains a new endorsement deal and withdraws from Team USA within a matter of hours, citing fatigue.

Kings forward Rudy Gay has been added to the U.S. men’s national roster and will compete for a spot on the team that plays in the FIBA World Cup in Spain, USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo announced today.

Mitch Richmond enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today as a ... Warrior at heart?

Mitch Richmond and his Run TMC teammates, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, made plenty of highlights during their two seasons together with the Warriors.

After months of quiet prep work, the Sacramento Kings downtown arena construction project goes public this week.

Coached by Hall of Famer Cathy Rush, the Mighty Macs won three consecutive AIAW championships from 1972 to 1974 and were the first women’s team to play on national TV and at Madison Square Garden. The team has three Hall of Famers in Mary Scharff, Theresa Shank and Marianne Crawford.

The Kings traded forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw to the New York Knicks on Wednesday for forward-center Jeremy Tyler, guard Wayne Ellington and the rights to the Knicks’ 2016 second-round draft pick.

The Kings will play seven preseason games, including a home matchup against Israeli power Maccabi Haifa and two games in China.

Admittedly, the image of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins posing as a “sponge” is a little difficult to wrap your arms around. At 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds, this is a big, imposing man. But those are his words. And that was his intent. He attended the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas last week to pester, dominate and, occasionally, even imitate some of the NBA’s elite players.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is among the 16 finalists who will compete for a roster spot on the 12-man U.S. national basketball team that will compete in the FIBA World Cup.

SWEET 16

Many words have been used to describe DeMarcus Cousins in this space. Immature. Selfish. Bully. But one word that’s never been used to characterize the Kings center? Patriot.

DeMarcus Cousins spent the past week here training with other candidates for the national team that will compete later this month in the FIBA World Cup in Spain. The withdrawal of power forwards Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge enhanced his chances to make the 12-man roster, though a final cutdown is not expected for a few weeks.

Even as they begin building a new downtown arena, the owners of the Kings are in discussions to expand their footprint in the region by buying Sacramento Republic FC – the minor league soccer team selling out games locally since April.

In a freakish, horrific collision with a basket stanchion in the fourth quarter of the scrimmage between white and blue teams, Indiana All-Star Paul George elevated and contested a drive by James Harden. As the 6-foot-8 forward landed, his right foot hit the protective cushion on the basket support, then gave way in a gruesome, 90-degree angle that elicted gasps from spectators and players who stood nearby with an unimpeded view.

The hard hats came out and the barricades went up. At long last, work began today on the new Sacramento Kings arena at Downtown Plaza.

Four days into the national team training camp, USA Basketball coaches and officials remain conflicted about DeMarcus Cousins’ potential value on Mike Krzyzewski’s FIBA World Cup squad.

The Sacramento Kings plan to start preliminary demolition work on Downtown Plaza early Friday despite a last-minute court appeal by a citizens’ group trying to stop the team’s $477 million arena project.

After three days of training with Team USA, DeMarcus Cousins has no clue whether he has impressed or disappointed, or enhanced or diminished his prospects for the squad that will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Cup next month in Spain.

The Kings announced they have signed forward Eric Moreland to a three-year contract.

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