Leading Off: Plenty of Kings promise on and off court

Plenty of Kings promise on, off court

Plenty is happening on two important fronts for the Kings.

First, new ownership/management under Vivek Ranadive is shaking up a team that appeared to be an impassive, dispirited outfit.

Moves to improve – the trade for small forward Rudy Gay is a definite upgrade – after a short but definitive sample of what the team offered indicates a serious, thoughtful approach to changing the Kings’ fortunes.

Is more to come? Power forward Jason Thompson could be available since the Kings now have several options in the frontcourt. We’ll see. Thompson finally could be allowed to thrive at power forward if he stays, and late-blooming NBA careers are possible.

Off the court, the struggle to determine if the city of Sacramento will pay a significant portion of the cost for a downtown arena continues. Two sides are fighting about who will decide if hundreds of millions of public dollars will be spent. Will it be the City Council or voters?

Clearly, the Kings are front and center with growing interest. The days of the Kings as an afterthought, led by indifferent ownership and regarded with low-grade scorn by a weary fan base, seem to be over – with good reason.

Editor’s note: As earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of new Kings player Rudy Gay.

– Brian Blomster

What to do

NBA, Utah at Kings,

7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena, CSNCA: Check out the new-look Kings with forward Rudy Gay.

What to watch

NBA, Dallas at Warriors, 7:30 p.m., ESPN: Will the Mavericks be angry after being blown out by the Kings on Monday night?

Today’s poll

Are the Kings making the right moves to improve the team?

• Yes, the team is getting better with each move.

• No, they haven’t added any real impact players.

• It’s too early to say.

Vote above, or go to

Tuesday’s results

What do you think of

the Kings’ trade for forward Rudy Gay?

• I like it; shows the team is trying to improve: 88%

• It will only work if the Kings keep Gay for the long run: 5%

• I don’t like it; price was too steep: 8%

Total votes: 222