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Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone

The Sacramento Kings have sensationally fired head Coach Mike Malone despite beginning the new season with better-than-expected results.

Starting with an impressive 11-13 record in the tough Western Conference, and competing without star center DeMarcus Cousins for 9 games, the Kings felt it necessary to relieve Malone of his duties and instate assistant coach Ty Corbin in the interim. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news via Twitter yesterday afternoon to a considerable backlash from fans who found it to be a big surprise.

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Rudy Gay Traded to Sacramento

Rudy Gay has been traded from the Toronto Raptors in a multi-player deal to the Sacramento Kings, reported Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski yesterday. As part of the deal Gay will head to the Kings alongside ex-Toronto team mates Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, while the Raptors will receive forward John Salmons, guard Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.

Following a 6-12 start to the season, the Raptors have seemingly elected to dump the salary of Rudy Gay, owed $17.8 million this season and $19.3m (player option) the next, and begin the rebuilding process with a clean slate. GM Masai Ujiri has also been able to unload the contracts of Gray and Acy in the deal, clearing approximately $3.5 million extra in cap room. Of the incoming players, Chuck Hayes is owed $6 million, while John Salmons is only guaranteed $1 million of his $7 million contract. Toronto has cleared the books, taking on board only expiring contracts while also clearing the quagmire that was Rudy Gay’s deal and can now stake their claim via a solid rebuild.

The Kings have now added another name to their roster of talented stars including DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and rookie Ben McLemore, and should fit in well with the 5-13 Pacific Division cellar dwellers. Gay, who was traded by the Grizzlies to Toronto before the trade deadline last season, is averaging a respectable 19 points (38% shooting), 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 2013/14 and while his shot selection is often questionable, is a good addition to an already talented group. Is he the answer? Probably not, but the Kings now have another name which will help put bums on seats at Sleep Train Arena.



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Rudy Gay getting one over Paul Pierce

Rudy Gay getting one over Paul Pierce

According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe the Grizzlies are letting it be known that small forward Rudy Gay is available for trade.

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