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Kings at Sixers game postponed

The Sixers’ game against the Kings at the Wells Fargo Center has been postponed because of moisture on the court. There was no immediate word on a rescheduled date for the game.

Arena staff members tried using wet mops to fix the issue to no avail.

“The Philadelphia 76ers announced that tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings has been postponed due to an issue with the surface of the court and with player safety in mind,” the team said in a statement. “Arena officials worked diligently to address the issue, but NBA officials determined that the court was not suitable for play.”

– CSN Philly

Quick Take: The InsideHoops Twitter account decided to get silly as the game started to be in doubt and tweeted “Trust the mopcess.” Unfortunately, the mops were unable to do the job. The best reaction after the non-game was from Sixers center Joel Embiid, who tweeted the following: Well The court was tanking tonight…. #TrustTheProcess

Kings to change frontcourt lineup

Kings to change frontcourt lineup

Sometimes, a coach doesn’t need advanced statistics or analytics to make a decision.

The only numbers Dave Joerger needs to see change are 4-9, the Kings’ record, including four straight losses.

Joerger plans to scrap the big lineup that has opened games most of the season, with DeMarcus Cousins and Kosta Koufos in the frontcourt. Cousins will play center, and Joerger will try to figure out which lineup works best around Cousins for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

“That hasn’t been working,” Joerger said of playing big. “That’s not working so it’s not about being big or small.”

– Sacramento Bee Quick Take: Offensively, barely anybody in the league can guard Cousins. That’s really not an exaggeration. Defensively, including just general court awareness, Cousins needs improvement. As for the Kings in general, their offense is decent but their defense has been miserable so far this season.

Kings assign Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson and Georgios Papagiannis to D-League

The Sacramento Kings have assigned center Georgios Papagiannis, forward Skal Labissiere and guard Malachi Richardson to the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.

Papagiannis was selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft after four seasons with Panathinaikos and Peristeri of the Greek League (2011-12 – 2012-13 and 2014-15 - 2015-16). He has appeared in one game for Sacramento during his rookie campaign, totaling two points and one rebound. The 7-1 center averaged 6.4 points (.678 FG%, .667 FT%) and 2.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game in 21 contests last season in Greece.

The 28th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, Labissiere has appeared in one game this season, logging eight points (3-5 FG) and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action at Milwaukee (11/5). He averaged 6.6 points (.516 FG%, .661 FT%), 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 36 games for Kentucky in 2015-16.

On July 7, Sacramento acquired Richardson’s draft rights from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Marco Belinelli. The 6-6 guard has logged eight minutes in two contests this season. He averaged 13.4 points (.369 FG%, .353 3pt%, .720 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.4 minutes per game in starting all 37 games in which he played in as a freshman at Syracuse in 2015-16.

Kings waive Jordan Farmar

Kings waive Jordan Farmar

The Sacramento Kings waived guard Jordan Farmar today.

According to CSN Bay Area, Farmar was waived “to make room for the returning Darren Collison. Sacramento was granted a short reprieve with their roster when Collison was shifted to the league’s suspension list after his fifth missed game, allowing the team to ink Farmar to a deal for depth.”

In two games played with the Kings this season, Farmar averaged 6.0 points (.333 FG%, 4-9 3pt), 1.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists, including 9 points (3-8 3pt), two rebounds and a team-high seven assists against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 5. A 10-year NBA veteran, Farmar has tallied career averages of 7.7 points (.423 FG%, .374 3pt%, .739 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 19.5 minutes per game in 504 contests.

Kings sign Jordan Farmar

Kings sign Jordan Farmar

The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

Farmar averaged 6.5 points (.471 FG%, 5-11 3pt, .833 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four preseason contests with Sacramento, including 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-5 3pt), one rebound and five assists against the L.A. Lakers on Oct. 13. A 10-year NBA veteran, Farmar has tallied career averages of 7.7 points (.423 FG%, .374 3pt%, .739 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 19.5 minutes per game in 502 contests.

Kings waive Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins

The Sacramento Kings today waived guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

Farmar averaged 6.5 points (.471 FG%, 5-11 3pt, .833 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four preseason contests with Sacramento, including 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-5 3pt), one rebound and five assists against the L.A. Lakers on Oct. 13. A 10-year NBA veteran, Farmar has tallied career averages of 7.7 points (.423 FG%, .374 3pt%, .739 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 19.5 minutes per game in 502 contests.

Selected by Sacramento out of Oklahoma in the second round (59th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft, Cousins appeared in two exhibition contests for the Kings, totaling 12 minutes. The 6-5 guard averaged 9.7 points (.408 FG%, .407 3pt%, .711 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 27.7 minutes per game over 137 career contests in four seasons with the Sooners (2012-13 – 2015-16).

Kings exercise contract option on Willie Cauley-Stein

The Sacramento Kings announced today the team has exercised its third-year option on center Willie Cauley-Stein, according to Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

This was an expected move. Cauley-Stein is one of the team’s main young building blocks.

Cauley-Stein is entering his second season with the Kings after being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. An All-Rookie Second Team honoree last season, Cauley-Stein registered 7.0 points (.563 FG%, .648 FT%), 5.3 rebounds and 1.00 blocks in 21.4 minutes per contest over 66 games played (started 39) in 2015-16.

Sacramento Kings buy Reno Bighorns

Sacramento Kings buy Reno Bighorns

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate.

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate – an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns.

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

Five current Kings have NBA D-League experience. Additionally, head coach Dave Joerger and assistant coaches Bryan Gates and Duane Ticknor all made the jump to the NBA coaching ranks following stints on NBA D-League benches.

Since the team’s inception, more than 10 Bighorns have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green. Additionally, 16 NBA players have spent time on assignment in Reno, including current NBA players Jeremy Lin and Hassan Whiteside.

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to grow basketball and provide family-friendly entertainment in the Reno community over the past five years,” said Bighorns minority owner Herb Santos. “I cannot thank everyone enough for the years of support and look forward to continuing to cheer for the Bighorns alongside each of you.”

On Nov. 2, the Kings will join the Bighorns for a Celebration Day featuring Kings talent in order to give fans in Reno an opportunity to connect directly with the Sacramento organization. Those interested in purchasing a season-ticket membership can sign up on the priority list at or by calling 888-91-KINGS to have first shot at securing seats before they go on sale to the public on Nov. 2.

Launched in 2001, the NBA D-League has expanded from an eight-team league to a record 22 teams for the 2016-17 season, all of which will be singly affiliated with an NBA parent club. The NBA D-League will tip off its 16th season on Nov. 11.

Rudy Gay still a King, for now

Kings forward Rudy Gay is entering the 11th year of his career. Time has flown. He turned 30 in August. The time to win is now, or at least pretty soon. Sacramento probably aren’t the place where that’s going to happen, and it’s likely that Gay will have a new home, either via trade sometime this season or via free agency in the summer of 2017. Here’s the Sacramento Bee with the latest:

Rudy Gay still a King, for now

Gay will opt out of his contract after this season and become an unrestricted free agent, fueling speculation the Kings will trade the forward to avoid losing him with no compensation.

“I made the decision to opt out,” Gay said Monday during the team’s media day. “Whether I sign here, whether I’m here the rest of the season or whether I start here, it’s really not up to me. Wherever I am, I’m going play to the best of my ability.” …

“I’m pain-free,” Gay said. “I’m in the best shape of my life, I’d like to say, and I’m focused. No matter what, I come here to play with my brothers, and that’s everybody in that locker room, and we’re playing to win.”

New Kings arena is high-tech

These are just some of the details (see article for more), but the new Kings arena in Sacramento sounds like all sorts of fun. Here’s the Sacramento Bee reporting:

New Kings arena is high-tech

Golden 1 Center, built for an eye-popping $557 million, will be one of the most high-tech sports facilities anywhere. Fans will speed through “smart turnstiles” to enter and tap their cellphones to find their seat. Tweeting and posting photos to Instagram should be a breeze; the arena comes with enough bandwidth to support a stadium four times as big. And don’t worry about getting a headache from staring at the world’s largest indoor video scoreboard; it was designed by a Walt Disney Co. engineer to minimize eye movement.

Opening with a pair of Paul McCartney concerts Oct. 4 and 5, the downtown arena is an extension of Ranadive’s worldview. An electrical engineer by trade, he is fascinated with the newest, greatest and most advanced. Golden 1 is state of the art, and then some…

Even the stuff that seems low-tech at first blush fits into Ranadive’s obsession with bigger and better. Take the 40-foot-high aircraft hangar doors that loom over the arena’s main entrance, which can be left open during games and concerts. Though the Kings haven’t decided when to deploy them – plenty of details have to be worked out first – Ranadive loves the idea of several thousand spectators watching an event from the exterior of what Ranadive calls the world’s first “indoor-outdoor arena.”

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Players often keep this sort of thing to themselves. Rudy Gay telling this to the Kings actually helps the team. It means the team will almost surely try to trade him this season, and even if they get a lot less for him than they wanted, something good better than nothing. Here’s the Sacramento Bee reporting:

Forward Rudy Gay has told the Kings he will out of his contract after the season, meaning he likely will leave the team as an unrestricted free agent.

Gay signed his three-year, $40-million extension, with a player option for the third year, early in the 2014-15 season, when the Kings appeared on the rise under coach Michael Malone.

Gay was on the trading block this summer, according to multiple league sources, but his ability to opt out of his deal made it difficult for the Kings to acquire equal value in a trade.

Kings sign Jordan Farmar

Kings sign Jordan Farmar

The Kings today signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar.

Already at the point guard spot for Sacramento are Darren Collison and Ty Lawson, while Isaiah Cousins will also be trying to prove his value, so it’s a crowded situation for Farmar.

Entering his 10th NBA campaign, Farmar has tallied career averages of 7.7 points (.423 FG%, .374 3pt%, .739 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 19.5 minutes per game in 502 contests. A two-time NBA champion with the L.A. Lakers (2009 and 2010), the 6-2 guard joins the Kings after spending last season with Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Memphis Grizzlies, where he posted 9.2 points (.420 FG%, .356 3pt%, 10-10 FT), 2.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 12 games playing for Dave Joerger.

The former Bruin standout and 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year averaged 13.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists in two seasons with UCLA before the Lakers selected him 26th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Kings sign rookie guard Isaiah Cousins

The Kings have signed rookie guard Isaiah Cousins.

Drafted in the second round (59th overall) in the 2016 Draft by Sacramento out of Oklahoma, the 6-5 guard averaged 9.7 points (.408 FG%, .407 3pt%, .711 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 27.7 minutes per game over 137 career contests in four seasons with the Sooners (2012-13 – 2015-16).

Stat-wise, Cousins was at his best as a senior, averaging career-bests in points (12.6 ppg), assists (4.5 apg), steals (1.4 spg) and minutes (33.3 mpg) while grabbing 4.5 rebounds a game, shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from three-point range.

New Sacramento Kings arena costs rise

New Sacramento Kings arena costs

The Kings will soon have a new home in Sacramento to call their own. Here’s the Sacramento Bee with the latest:

Barely a month before opening, the Sacramento Kings continue to pour money into their new downtown arena, bringing the latest estimate of Golden 1 Center’s construction costs to $556.6 million.

The estimate has risen by $21.7 million in just a month, according to a construction consultant’s report submitted to Sacramento city officials late last week. The $556.6 million price represents a more than $79 million increase since the Kings broke ground in October 2014 on what was envisioned as a $477 million project. When the arena was first proposed to city officials, in 2013, Kings officials said it would cost $447 million –bringing the total increase in price to around $109 million.

The Kings have signed center Georgios Papagiannis (YOUR-gos Pa-pa-YAHN-iss), guard Malachi Richardson (Mal-ah-kai) and forward-center Skal Labissiere (Skal La-bee-SEE-AIR) to contracts.

On June 23, the night of the 2016 NBA Draft, Sacramento acquired the draft rights of Papagiannis and Labissiere and the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic (boag-DAHN boag-DAHN-O-vitch) and a future second-round selection from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the draft rights to Marquese Chriss, who the Kings selected out of Washington with the eighth overall pick. The Suns selected Papagiannis (13th overall) and Labissiere (28th overall) in the first round before trading their draft rights to the Kings.

Papagiannis, who became the highest drafted Greek player ever, played for Panathinaikos (Greece) for four seasons (2011-12 – 2012-13 and 2014-15 - 2015-16). In 2015-16, the 7-foot-1 center averaged 6.4 points (.678 FG%, .667 FT%), 2.6 rebounds and 11.4 minutes per game in 21 contests. He played high school basketball in the United States at Westtown School in West Chester, Penn., in 2013-14, before returning to Greece.

Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 forward-center, posted averages of 6.6 points (.516 FG%, .661 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 15.8 minutes per game in all 36 games while starting 18 of them for the 2015-16 Kentucky Wildcats. He became the highest drafted Haitian player since Samuel Dalembert, who was selected 26th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft.

On July 7, the Kings acquired the draft rights of Richardson from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Marco Belinelli. The 6-foot-6 Richardson was selected by the Hornets in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft. Richardson averaged 13.4 points (.369 FG%, .353 3pt%, .720 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.4 minutes per game in starting all 37 games in which he played in as a freshman at Syracuse. An ACC All-Freshman team selection, Richardson finished with 79 three-pointers, the third-best total by an Orangeman freshman.

Kings add Lamar Patterson off waivers

Kings add Lamar Patterson off waivers

The Kings have claimed guard/forward Lamar Patterson off waivers, team Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac announced today.

Patterson (6-5, 225 pounds) averaged 2.4 points (.350 FG%, 12-49 3pt, .727 FT%), 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 11.3 minutes per game in his first NBA season with the Hawks, appearing in 35 contests. He made his NBA debut against the Pistons (10/27/15), finishing with five points, two assists and one rebound in 18 minutes.

Patterson also appeared in the NBA D-League last season with the Canton Charge and Austin Spurs, accruing averages of 12.8 points (.432 FG%, .783 FT%), 4.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 19 games.

Originally selected by Milwaukee with the 48th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Pennsylvania native played the 2014-15 season for Toras Bursa of the Turkish Basketball League, averaging 11.3 points (.435 FG%, .343 3FG%, .730 FT%), 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.2 minutes in 35 games (started 31). In six contests during EuroChallenge play, he posted 12.0 points (.563 FG%, .714 FT%), 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.8 minutes per game.

Patterson enjoyed a five-year career (granted medical hardship waiver as a true freshman) at the University of Pittsburgh, appearing in 148 games (106 starts), finishing with career averages of 9.5 points (.435 FG%, .369 3FG%, .723 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.5 minutes per game. As a senior in 2013-14, he started all 36 games and logged 17.1 points (.441 FG%, .388 3FG%, .754 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American accolades.

Kings add Bob Thornton and Larry Lewis to coaching staff

The Sacramento Kings have added two members to Head Coach Dave Joerger’s staff, naming Bob Thornton an assistant coach and Larry Lewis as a player development coach.

Thornton arrives in Sacramento with more than 30 years of basketball experience as a player, coach and personnel scout, having spent the previous five seasons in Memphis alongside Joerger after four years as an advance scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2007-2011). His coaching resume includes two seasons as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls (2002-04) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2005-07) and as head coach for the Huntsville Flight of the NBA D-League (2001-02) and the Continental Basketball Association’s Quad City Thunder (2000-01).

Selected by the New York Knicks in the fourth round of the 1984 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles native played eight seasons in the league and three overseas in Italy before breaking into the coaching ranks as an assistant with Chapman University in 1997.

Lewis joins Sacramento’s bench after spending the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers in a similar capacity. Prior to his elevation to the Lakers, he served two seasons as an assistant coach for the L.A. D-Fenders of the D-League. In his first year as a coach after a long international playing career, Lewis helped the franchise post the best regular season record in D-League annals (38-12) and earn eight NBA call-ups. Named an assistant on the D-League Select Team in 2012, he played a central role in the D-Fenders capturing the Development Champion Award, bestowed on the team that best embodies the D-League’s goals of developing talent via call-ups and player assignments.

In addition to his experience on the sidelines, Lewis’ eclectic international playing career spanned 19 seasons and four continents, including stops in Argentina (2011), Spain (2001-11), Japan (1996-2000), Cyprus (1996), Great Britain (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1992). He also played one season in the United States Basketball League with Sarasota (1996), in the CBA with the Harrisburg Hammerheads and Rapid City Thrillers (1994-95) and for the silver medal winning Team USA in the Pan American Games (1995).

A Morehouse College alumnus, Lewis turned professional in 1992 when he was drafted by the Albany Patroons of the CBA.


The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent guards Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple and forwards Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

“Adding these skilled veterans shores up our depth and experience at several positions,” said Divac. “We’re excited to welcome each of them to the Kings family.”

Entering his tenth NBA campaign, Afflalo has accrued career averages of 11.6 points (.452 FG%, .385 3pt%, .820 FT%), 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28.7 minutes per game in 648 contests (489 starts) with the Detroit Pistons (2007-08 – 2008-09), Denver Nuggets (2009-10 – 2011-12 & 53 games in 2014-15), Orlando Magic (2012-13 – 2013-14), Portland Trail Blazers (25 games in 2014-15) and New York Knicks (2015-16). He has shot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc in five seasons and at least 38 percent in eight, earning the reputation as a reliable shooter. The UCLA alum enjoyed his finest statistical output in 2013-14, posting 18.2 points (.459 FG%, .427 3pt%, .815 FT%), 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35 minutes per game, finishing eighth in the league in three point shooting.

As a Bruin, Afflalo finished his career in Westwood as one the program’s best players in recent memory, helping guide UCLA to the NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons, culminating in PAC-10 Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2006-07.

Barnes returns to the Kings as a 13-year NBA veteran after spending the 2015-16 season with the Memphis Grizzlies. As a reserve, he registered career highs in field goal attempts per game (9.1), free throw percentage (.804) and tied a career-best with 5.5 rebounds per contest. The Sacramento native rejoins his hometown team after donning a Kings jersey during the 2004-05 campaign. In 855 NBA contests, Barnes has accrued averages of 8.3 points (.440 FG%, .335 3pt%, .742 FT%,), 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.6 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Clippers (2003-04 and 2012-13– 2014-15), Sacramento (2004-05), New York Knicks (six games in 2005-06), Philadelphia 76ers (50 games in 2005-06), Golden State Warriors (2006-07 – 2007-08), Phoenix Suns (2008-09), Orlando Magic (2009-10) and Los Angeles Lakers (2010-11 – 2011-12).

Also a former Bruin standout (1998-2002), all four of Barnes’ seasons in Westwood ended in NCAA Tournament berths, including Sweet 16 appearances in his last three years.

Tolliver, a 10-year league veteran and a former NBA D-League All-Star, joins the Kings after appearing in a career-high 72 contests for Detroit last season. Known as a hard-working, tough competitor, Tolliver went undrafted as a senior out of Creighton University in 2007 before parlaying stellar play in the D-League and German Bundesliga into a contract with San Antonio in 2008.

The Springfield, Missouri native has accrued career averages of 6.0 points (.409 FG%, .357 3PT%, .770 FT%), 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 19.6 minutes per game in 455 contests with San Antonio (2008-09), Portland (2009-10), Golden State (2009-10), Minnesota (2010-11 - 2011-12), Atlanta (2012-13), Charlotte (2013-14), Phoenix (2014-15) and Detroit (2014-15 – 2015-16). He registered his best three-point shooting percentage in 2013-14 when he shot .413 from beyond the arc.

Tolliver enjoyed a four-year career at Creighton, where he earned first-team all Missouri Valley Conference honors as a senior (2006-07), helping guide the Blue Jays to a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second time during his collegiate career.

Temple arrives in Sacramento after spending the previous four seasons (2012-13 – 2015-16) with the Washington Wizards, where he posted 4.6 points (.396 FG%, .338 3PT%, .719 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 17.4 minutes per game in 258 contests. He amassed career highs last season in several key categories, including scoring average (7.3 points per game), games played (80), games started (43), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.8). For his career, the LSU product has averaged 4.5 points (.393 FG%, .335 3pt%, .700 FT%), 1.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 16.3 minutes per game in 309 career contests with the Houston Rockets (2009-10), Sacramento (2009-10), San Antonio Spurs (2009-10 – 2010-11), Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11), Charlotte Hornets (2010-11) and Washington (2012-13 – 2015-16).

A Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, Temple became LSU’s all-time leader in minutes played (4,432), breaking a record set by Howard Carter in 1983. He also earned All-SEC Defensive team honors and was named to the coaches All-SEC second team, posting 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in 35 contests as a senior.

Kings trade Marco Belinelli to Hornets for Malachi Richardson

The Charlotte Hornets have acquired guard/forward Marco Belinelli from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the draft rights to guard Malachi Richardson, who was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

“We are excited to be adding a high-caliber player in Marco Belinelli to our roster,” said Hornets General Manager Rich Cho. “Marco is a solid outside shooter and has proven he can score and create for others in a variety of ways over the course of his nine-year NBA career. He brings veteran leadership to our locker room and we think he’ll mesh with our core group well.”

The 18th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Belinelli is entering his 10th NBA season. He has played in 570 career games (216 starts) for Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio and Sacramento, winning an NBA Championship with the Spurs in 2014. Belinelli owns career averages of 9.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 23.0 minutes per game, while shooting .424 from the field (1940-4576), .379 from beyond the three-point line (751-1979) and .821 from the free throw line (798-972). In 2014, Belinelli won the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at All-Star weekend in New Orleans. He began his career in the Italian SerieA League, playing there for five seasons from 2002-07.

The San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy native played in 68 games (seven starts) for Sacramento in 2015-16, averaging 10.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per game. Belinelli had 31 double-figure scoring outings in 2015-16, including four 20-plus point games, and hit multiple three-point field goals in 29 contests.

Belinelli has been a member of the Italian National Team since 2006, competing in the FIBA World Championship in 2006 and in the FIBA European Championship in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. He is currently representing his country in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Kings, Matt Barnes agree to deal

Kings, Matt Barnes agree to deal

Small forward Matt Barnes played for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.8 minutes per game. Pretty similar stats to what he put up the three previous seasons while playing for the Clippers. He brings toughness, versatility, hustle, and an occasional bad temper. And he’s reportedly going to bring all that and more to the Kings, who he played for in the second season (2004-05) of his NBA career.

According to Sam Amick of USA today, Barnes and the Kings came to an agreement today. The deal is reportedly for two years, $12 million, with the second year a player option.

The Kings this offseason have reportedly added Arron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver, while losing Rajon Rondo in free agency to the Bulls.

The squad’s leader is center DeMarcus Cousins, followed by small forward Rudy Gay.

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