Ailene Voisin

Ailene Voisin: Kings work on building team, arena

The Kings are four days removed from the Las Vegas showcase where confetti flew, Ray McCallum was named MVP of the summer league finale, and the players and owners held the championship trophy aloft, handling the sleek and shiny object like a brand-new car.

Little Leagues. Minor leagues. Summer leagues. Winning never grows old.

The far more significant development, of course, was the court ruling rejecting an injunction that would have blocked the imminent construction of the downtown arena. While Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Michael Malone attempt to transfer some of those warm and fuzzies from Las Vegas to training camp, members of the team’s marketing department went around taking names and measurements for the hard hats to be worn at the Downtown Plaza on Demolition Day.

OK, just kidding about hard hats. No hard evidence of the demo derby just yet.

But while the off-court action at least temporarily supersedes the basketball issues, the ongoing roster makeover continues on Friday, when teams start claiming players off the waiver wire and the Minnesota Timberwolves presumably move closer to trading Kevin Love.

The Kings, of course, have power forwards to trade … and more power forwards to trade. The offseason will not be as frenetic as it was a year ago, when within weeks, principal owner Vivek Ranadive signed the purchase papers, hired his head coach, began auditioning potential draft picks and evaluating free agents, and finally put together a front office that includes assistant general manager Mike Bratz and personal advisers/power brokers Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond and Shaquille O’Neal.

The Summer of 2013 was a blur. While the early renderings for 2014-15 are sketchy, and at times appear all over the map, at least there are hints of a grand plan. Ranadive and his front-office lieutenants present a unified front: They want passers and shooters, a faster pace and a more entertaining product, all while trying to accommodate Malone and his defense-comes-first sensibilities.

More on that little drama at a later date. These following items are trending:

The early offseason moves:

A frontline of DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Josh Smith is petrifying:

So about that rookie:


So about the sophomores:

It’s still the summer:

That said, it wasn’t a bad week. The Kings cradled a trophy, construction workers prepare for demolition, and the heavy lifting shifts back to the basketball offices.

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