Tag:Sacramento Kings
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:41 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 10:46 pm

2011 NBA Draft: Which teams should make moves?

A look at which NBA teams should move up or down the draft board in the 2011 NBA Draft. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Team needs and draft positioning never align perfectly in the NBA Draft. Some teams find themselves just out of reach of their target player while others want to avoid taking their prospect earlier than they need to, hoping to cash in on their draft positioning to add another asset.

Even in a weak draft crop like this year’s, the potential for movement – even if minor – is always there. Here’s a look at three teams that might consider moving up the board and three teams that might look to move down.

Three Teams That Should Move Up

1. New York Knicks NY

The New York Knicks need to fill their center position and will likely do whatever they possibly can to accomplish that goal in free agency. Samuel Dalembert makes all sorts of sense. But there’s another option. Sitting at No. 17, it’s possible the Knicks would only need to trade up 5-8 positions to have a crack at Bismack Biyombo, the fast-rising big man prospect out of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Biyombo is hyper-athletic, has an endless motor and is a very skilled shot-blocker, both in one-on-one defense and from the help side.

Putting him alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony would arguably give the Knicks the most dynamic 3-4-5 combination in the entire league. Biyombo doesn’t need touches, can finish putbacks in traffic and will work hard at all times. Does he need some polish and refinement? Of course. Are there questions about his age? Absolutely. But if he falls to the 9-12 range it’s worth whatever price it takes – it shouldn’t be exorbitant – for the Knicks to move up and nab him.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers cle

The Cavaliers own the top pick and will wisely use that on Duke University point guard Kyrie Irving. The intrigue comes with their No. 4 selection, which doesn’t do them much good. The best available names will either be point guards – and therefore redundant with Irving – or European big men. With Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson in place, the Cavaliers are not the ideal breeding ground for a project big.

The rumored trade with Minnesota to get the No. 2 pick makes all sorts of sense. The Cavaliers need starpower and they need talent on their wing badly. Derrick Williams would be an ideal fit. Cleveland, with a deep-pocketed owner and nowhere to go but up, is in a position where it can overpay for the luxury of drafting Williams. Whether that’s by absorbing salary into its massive trade exception, sending over cash or future pick considerations, or making anyone on their roster outside of Varejao available. The reward of building around an Irving/Williams/Varejao core is worth virtually any risk for a Cleveland team coming off a very, very bad season.

Charlotte Bobcats charlotte

The Charlotte Bobcats have a gigantic hole in the middle. Addressing the center position through the draft can be a difficult process even if you’re at the very top of the board, but picking at No. 9 in a weak crop with no American-born, star big men makes it an even trickier proposition.

Here, the need is so great that they have to bring a big man home, pretty much no matter what. There’s a distinct possibility that Valanciunas, Kanter and Biyombo are all gone by pick No. 9, although there's variability in the stock of all three players. The good news: The Bobcats also possess the No. 19 pick, good bait to move up the board a few spots, so they can manage this risk nicely. Package the picks, move up a bit and snag whichever of those three big men are the most appealing to Michael Jordan and his staff.

Three Teams That Should Move Down

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

The rumors surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves' draft position started within minutes after David Kahn lost the Lottery ping pong ball drawing to Nick Gilbert, son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. The reasoning is simple: The second most coveted player on the board, Derrick Williams, is not of particular use to the Timberwolves, as his combo forward skillset is similar to that of incumbent Michael Beasley and the Timberwolves have greater needs at both the guard and center positions. With the recent reports that Ricky Rubio will agree to come stateside, those needs have narrowed to a two guard and a center.

An ideal situation for Minnesota would be to auction the No. 2 selection – perhaps along with its No. 20 selection -- into a pick in the 5-10 range and two ready-now rotation players. That would allow the team to draft a big of their choice – Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas or Biyombo – or one of the class’s elite wings – Kawhi Leonard, Alec Burks or Klay Thompson – while simultaneously speeding up the rebuilding curve. Coming off of 32 combined wins in the last two seasons, this team badly needs to win some games.

2. Utah Jazz 


The Utah Jazz are in a similar position as the Minnesota Timberwolves, although it’s a bit trickier. The obvious fit for Utah is Brandon Knight, the best point guard on the board not named Irving. He’s an intelligent leader, excellent citizen and has loads of upside. For a team looking to move past Deron Williams, he’s as good as the Jazz can hope for.

Knight might not necessarily be the third most valued prospect on the board, though, especially because teams at the top of the draft order often favor big men. Players like Kanter, Valanciunas and even Biyombo might wind up with more buzz when all is said and done.

The Jazz also hold the No. 12 selection, which could turn out to be a bit of no man’s land in this draft. If there's a run on wings – say, if Leonard, Burks and Thompson all go off the board – the pickings get pretty slim for a team that already has a fairly stocked frontcourt. Jimmer Fredette looms as an excellent back-up option, but he’s more novelty than impact player.

A best case scenario: the Jazz land a veteran guard by swapping picks to move down a few slots and are able to still snag Knight wherever they land. 

3. Portland Trail Blazers por

The Portland Trail Blazers have, arguably, the greatest stockpile of unused pieces of any team in the league. Last year's Draft produced three players that played very few minutes -- Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams, and Armon Johnson -- and the team has three (yes, three!) players stashed overseas already. Blazers management has already acknowledged publicly that they don't anticipate selecting an impact player at No. 21, and the team is hamstrung salary-wise because of a looming decision with Greg Oden. The oft-injured center will command big dollars, and the team has already committed to large multi-year deals for Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews.

If you don't see a player that will meaningfully impact your rotation at No. 21, then why pay him guaranteed first-round money? Ship the pick for a future consideration. Knowing Owner Paul Allen, though, this is an unlikely strategy. He loves the draft too much to simply fold his hand. The problem? He's already fired his keenest advisors: Former GMs Kevin Pritchard and Rich Cho. In other words, expect more haphazard decision-making.

Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:49 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 7:03 pm

Arena plan coming together for Sacramento

Posted by EOB Staff

It's well known that while the Kings stayed in Sacramento, that could be temporary unless the city helps get a new arena built for the team. Currently the Kings are played in the aged Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena).

It's a major hurdle to jump, but at least the city has some time now. According to the Sac Bee, a report is being released Thursday that will put a price tag of around $387 million for a new arena for the Kings. The arena would be scheduled to open in 2015.

The report says that mayor Kevin Johnson, who has been instrumental in this process, will put together a regional coalition to help formulate a plan to pay for the new arena. Because that's the biggest issue -- where does the money come from?

But these are the necessary steps in the right direction for the Kings to stay in Sacramento. The Maloofs were very clear even in their statement of celebration about remaining in Sacramento that unless a new arena was built, they weren't just going to look at open, they were going to relocate.

NBA commissioner David Stern sounded pleased in a statement released Thursday, noting that he shared the Maloofs' desire to get a new building up.  
“We are encouraged by the process and the overwhelming support of the Mayor, the business community and the citizens of the region. Like the Maloofs, we want to make this new entertainment and sports complex happen. The focus now is moving forward in developing a public-private partnership financing model that will bring a new arena to fruition. That is priority number one in Sacramento for all of us.”
The cards are on the table now. It might be unfair, but if Sacramento wants to keep the Kings in town, it's going to have to pony up.
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 5:28 pm

Report: Lakers interested in Adelman as coach

The Lakers are reportedly interested in Rick Adelman to serve as their head coach. rick-adelman

Posted by EOB Staff

With Phil Jackson expected to retire and end a Hall of Fame career, but with the Lakers still with a championship-worthy roster, the search for the next coach in Hollywood is kind of a big deal, even bigger than it normally is. And while Brian Shaw was the presumptive favorite, given the disappointing and altogether unsavory end the Lakers met in the playoffs' second round, there's talk of some of the bigger names being brought in.

The top of that list? Rick Adelman. From ESPN:
NBA coaching sources on Thursday described the Lakers as "very interested" in Rick Adelman as a candidate for the position.

Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw has the public endorsement of Kobe Bryant and is regarded as by far the strongest in-house candidate for the position.

Yet sources say Lakers officials are intrigued by the Adelman option, not only because of his history of success in Portland, Sacramento and Houston but also his reputation for thriving with veteran teams and the similarities between Adelman's "corner" offense and Jackson's "triangle" offense.

Beyond Shaw and Adelman, sources said, L.A.'s list of potential targets is only just taking shape.
via Sources: Los Angeles Lakers 'very interested' in Rick Adelman - ESPN Los Angeles.

Adelman taking over the Lakers would be pretty bitter for Blazers, Kings, and Rockets fans who supported Adelman against "the Empire" over the past ten years.  But at the same time, Adelman's constantly been winning and producing with teams with far less talent, and if anybody deserves a shot at a one-off championship with a loaded, veteran roster... well, it's Jerry Sloan. But after him, it's Adelman, and trying to sell the Casual Sunday Lakers on Sloan's militant approach is a no-go. Adelman has credit with the players, a system similar to the triangle, at least in some regards, and experience. 

Adelman's going to have his pick of jobs. But the Los Angeles Lakers, with another year of Kobe, Gasol, Odom, and possibly Bynum? He's not going to find a sweeter job than that.
Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:39 pm

Knicks, Samuel Dalembert share mutual interest?

The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in signing free agent Samuel Dalembert. Posted by Ben Golliver. samuel-dalembert

You know it, I know it, everybody knows it: The New York Knicks need a center. They need a center to improve their rebounding. They need a center to improve their team defense. They need a center to ease the wear and tear on forward Amar'e Stoudemire. They need a center to stand around, being all tall, while Carmelo Anthony works one-on-one in isolation.

The New York Post reports that the Knicks have their eyes on a player to fill these needs.
With the chances slim of adding a quality center with the 17th pick in the draft and with an unkind salary cap situation in 2011, sources close to Knicks president Donnie Walsh say he has targeted Kings 6-foot-11 shotblocker Samuel Dalembert as the likeliest free-agent catch this summer.
According to a source, Dalembert likely would choose the Knicks if their offer is comparable with any others.
The Post cites Dalembert's ties to the New York area and its Haitian community as particular draws for Dalembert.

This isn't the first time Dalembert and the Knicks have been linked but it is the strongest report yet that team and player share mutual interest. Dalembert, who has missed just two games in the past five seasons combined and provided steady 8-10 points, 8-10 rebounds and two blocks per game statistical production over that time period. He might not be overly physical but he's long, big, proven and, at 29 years old, still at the tail end of his prime. If New York makes this signing happen, it would qualify as a minor coup.

The Sacramento Kings expect rookie DeMarcus Cousins to take over the starting center position full time, leavign Dalembert's future there in question. The Kings do have loads and loads of cap space to spend and you can never have too many quality big men. In other words, it's no guarantee that he's gone this summer, although the clock is starting to tick on his career and now is as good a time as any to find his way to a contender.

Really, letting Dalembert walk straight away would be a mistake for the Kings. If they decide he's extraneous or not in their long-term plays, a sign-and-trade makes a lot of sense: Dalembert gets paid, a team with a hole in the middle, possibly the Knicks, gets a quality center and the Kings receive an asset or assets in return. This is the same franchise that just failed in its bid to relocate, though, so who knows what will happen.
Posted on: May 2, 2011 12:58 pm

Maloofs: We're not afraid to spend

Posted by Royce Young

An assumption that came along with the Kings attempting to relocate because of financial problems was that, you know, the owners were having financial problems.

I know, weird assumption for everyone to make.

But one of the Kings' owners Gavin Maloof in speaking with Sam Amick of SI.com said that the franchise is ready and willing to spend and actually refuted any financial instability stuff.

"We're not afraid to spend money...We have money," he said. "People don't believe we have money. We're very financially sound.

"We have cap space we're going to spend. I don't know if we'll spend all of it, but we'll spend a good portion of it."

The Kings actually had to pull off a deal for Marquis Daniels at the trade deadline (who was out for the rest of the season because of a spinal cord injury) to avoid dropping under the league's minimum salary line. Again, with the relocation stuff along with the way the team's salary and spending was being handled, most saw the organization as lacking for funds.

But Maloof says they're going to spend some money this summer. Of course the success of the team hinges on who they spend that money on, but that's some sort of pledge.

The Kings are owned by a trio of brothers that own a number of Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Because of the economic downturn, along with other things, the family has taken a hit in the checkbook. They've been after an arean in downtown Sacramento since 2006, so that's not really new, but those efforts intensified because of the strain on finances. A new arena was seen as the only opportunity to make money in Sacramento.

Hence the expectation that the team wouldn't spend this summer. However, there's a decent core developing with the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins, when not losing his mind, is a talented player. Tyreke Evans, when healthy, is extremely gifted. Marcus Thornton showed some flashes of offensive brilliance as the Kings made a decent finish. There's something there to work with. Now they just need to progress, develop and build a roster.

That's where money comes in. And evidently, they Maloofs have plenty of it.
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: May 2, 2011 12:28 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Posted by Royce Young

There they stayed. The Kings aren't moving. At least for now.

According to numerous outlets, the Kings have ended their relocation bid to Anaheim and will remain in Sacramento, at least for another year.

The Maloofs, in a press release said:
Out of respect to Kings fans and the regional business community, we have decided to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-12 season. The fans’ spirit and energy, specifically our season ticket holders, has been remarkable and we are truly thankful for their loyalty. We also are greatly appreciative of the support from our corporate sponsors as well as other local businesses that have come forward in recent weeks.

Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to the loyal and hardworking team members within our organization. From the game night staff to the front office, coaches, and players, we are grateful for their professionalism and devotion.
Also, the release thanked Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson but also mentioned the ominous future for the city as well. "However, if an arena plan cannot be finalized in a timely fashion, the NBA¹s relocation committee has assured Maloof Sports and Entertainment that it will support an application to move the franchise to another market starting in 2012-13."


It really shouldn't come as a huge surprise as the NBA had recommended the team stay in Sacramento to go along with about 50 other signs and reasons the Kings should remain in town. Of course that didn't stop the Maloofs from pursuing every available option to continue the relocation process. But in the end, without the league's support and a sketchy plan, they decided to withdraw.

Good move. Er, I guess good non-move. You know what I mean.

Still, at the heart of this is the arena. While the Kings bought themselves another year in Sacramento, the franchise needs to move ground (literally or at the least figuratively) on a new arena otherwise we'll be watching this same scenario unfold next year. The interesting part then will be if Sacramento still doesn't make progress and the team seeks relocation, is Anaheim the choice? Something tells me no because of all the blowback there was from that.

(This would be a pretty good time to start building your own new arena, Seattle. That is, if you want a new team.)

I don't know enough about the current situation in Sacremento to say whether or not a new arena is likely, but obviously that's the issue going forward. Get that built and the team is there for at least another 20 years. Don't, and this whole thing will come back and the NBA might not be willing to step in next time. The threat of relocation is real and the Maloofs are serious. No business owner wants to lose money. That's not the point of owning a business. So if things don't progress, they'll look at their options.
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 6:02 pm

Maloof brothers are really getting desperate now

Posted by Royce Young

Despite an incredible grassroots effort from the city of Sacramento and even a recommendation from the NBA that the Kings remain in California's capital at least one more season, the Maloof brothers are determined to press on with their proposed move to Anaheim.

As dumb as the move may be -- that's a discussion for a later time -- the Maloofs are pulling out all the stops. Including trying to muzzle Laker coach Phil Jackson. Seriously.

Last week Jackson was asked by reporters about the Los Angeles Dodgers' situation where Major League Baseball assumed control of the franchise from owner Frank McCourt. And Jackson used it as an opportunity to zing the Maloofs.
"Oh, man. I think it's the same thing with the Maloofs in Sacramento, a similar situation there. I can see where the league had to step in and monitor that. It's unfortunate for our fans here. Hopefully, the Dodgers will recover."
Laker owner Jerry Buss has already made it clear he's opposed to the Kings relocating to Anaheim, for obvious reasons (read: money). And with Buss's position clear, Jackson has become sort of a de facto spokesperson for the Laker organization in matters pertaining to the Kings. But the Maloofs didn't appreciate the mud slung by Jackson, so what did they do? They lawyered up!

Via the Orange County Register:

The owners of the Sacramento Kings sent a representative to Brea Friday morning in an attempt to gather proof of what they perceived to be negative comments by Lakers coach Phil Jackson about their proposed move to Anaheim.

Jessica Mackaness, an attorney representing Joe and Gavin Maloof, showed up at my house to try to persuade me to give her a tape of Jackson making a comment about the Kings' efforts to relocate. Mackaness said the Kings' owners planned to turn over the tape to the NBA and Lakers in an effort to stop Jackson from making further comments.

However, the Register declined to turn over the tape. As a matter of policy, the Register does not release unpublished material gathered in the reporting of stories.

Oh. Good. Grief.

(Two things: 1) Geez Maloofs, tattle much? And 2) Why do they need the actual tape anyway. Do they think the Register made up the quote? Couldn't they just pick up that days issue or use the handy little "print" button on that story? I don't get it. Then again, I don't get any of this story.)

(Oh and a third thing I just thought of: So the Maloofs want Phil Jackson censored. Is that how I'm understanding this? They don't want him allowed to talk about this matter anymore? Are they really suggesting Jackson doesn't have the right to free speech when it comes to the Kings' relocation? Just checking.)

Jackson has just made the points we all see. (Well, even excluding three specific brothers.) It's stupid to put another team 45 miles away from the Clippers and Lakers. The Lakers hate the move because they could lose as much as $500 million in TV money form Time Warner if the Kings move. The Kings won't have a fanbase there. There's nothing that says they can make money there. The league isn't in full support. Other owners aren't in full support. This list seriously goes on and on and on.

Hammering it home even better than I, Jackson told SI.com this last week:
"I don't see any community, I don't care if it's Bombay with 25 million (people), being able to support three teams (in the same market)," Jackson said. "I know Istanbul does it with three soccer teams, and England does it in London with three soccer teams in the surrounding area, but it makes it very difficult in our community and our television area to do that kind of a thing. It will hurt all the franchises."
No word on if the Maloofs sent their attorney to SI to try and seize their website.

Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 5:05 pm

Report: NBA recommends Kings stay in Sacramento

NBA officials have reportedly recommended to the Maloof family that the Sacramento Kings should not relocate to Anaheim. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Earlier this week, we noted that Sacramento-area businesses met with Mayor Kevin Johnson and NBA officials to pledge millions of dollars to help keep the Kings in Northern California. The team's owners, the Maloofs, are considering relocating the team to Anaheim.

The Sacramento Bee reports on Thursday that NBA officials met with the Maloofs on Wednesday and recommended that the team remain in Sacramento.
The source said the Maloof family, which owns the team, held talks Wednesday with several top NBA officials, including members of the league's relocation committee. 
The Kings owners expressed appreciation for local businesses that have pledged $10 million in sponsorship support for next year, but also shared concerns about whether their finances can withstand several years of waiting for a new arena to be built, and whether Sacramento will be able to come up with an arena plan that is financially feasible, given past failures. NBA officials, in turn, told the Maloofs to stay in Sacramento.
The source said it appears unlikely at this point that team owners will come to a conclusion before Monday, the day set by NBA officials as the deadline for the team to request permission to relocate to Anaheim for next season.
The NBA league office is usually hands off when it comes the decisions of its individual franchises and this situation is extraordinary is multiple ways. The NBA has raised capital on behalf of its team without the team owners present. The NBA has established a strong relationship with a prominent local politician, a relationship that apparently doesn't exist between the owners and the politician. The NBA and that politician are now aligned against the owners' desire to relocate the franchise. SI.com also reports this week that the politician has met with a billionaire sports team owner who has interested in purchasing the Kings with no intention of relocating them.

In other words, the pressure in mounting rapidly on the Maloofs. If they decide to continue with their relocation effort, they'll now be doing so against the league's recommendation, a critical factor that will certainly be a matter of discussion when the NBA's relocation committee convenes to discuss the matter. Moving into a market with two other NBA teams was already a tricky proposition, but it made a certain amount of sense financially. It will be difficult for the Maloofs to argue their dollars-and-cents case if the NBA has stepped in and made significant capital-raising progress in such a short amount of time. 

The Maloofs now look like poor businessmen who didn't realize the opportunities available to them rather than solid businessmen who were stuck in a market that couldn't support an NBA team. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle but the clock is ticking and the Maloofs are losing leverage by the minute. 
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