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DeMarcus Cousins To Sign Max Extension With Kings

Just days after NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal purchased a small share in the franchise, the Sacramento Kings and star center/power forward DeMarcus Cousins have reportedly agreed upon a $62 million maximum rookie contract extension which will see the young star commit to another 4 years with the team.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier that new owner Vivek Ranadive had grown fond of the 23 year-old throughout his short time in charge, but had been somewhat hesitant to offer him a max deal considering his unattractive track record of suspension and management enforced benchings, missing several games last season.

Cousins is considered one of the top up and coming big men in the league. Incredibly efficient on the boards, averaging 10 a game last season, while also proving himself to be a quality scorer, there is plenty to love about this talented Kentucky native. It evidently became apparent to Ranadive that Cousins is worth the risk, and offered him the contract that will keep him there until the end of 2018.

It’s hoped that the 2010 5th overall pick can grow into the leader the Kings need him to be in order to give them their first playoffs birth in 7 years.



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Shaq Buys Stake In Kings; Hopes To Help Return Them To Form

Remember way back in 2002 when, during an LA Lakers Finals sweep, the great Shaquille O’Neal dubbed the opposing team the “Sacramento Queens”? So do we. Well, today it has been reported that the NBA great-turned TNT analyst has purchased a share in the Kings’ franchise and is now a minority stake holder in the team.

O’Neal spoke with USA Today’s Sam Amick earlier today about his decision:

What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything. I’ve always wanted to be part of something like this. … It’s going to be great.

It is also hoped that Shaq’s presence will help to mentor promising, yet wayward Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, and help him become the player that many believe he can be. Cousins has the gift, but has a history of aggravation and suspension which has clouded his reputation and ability to grow as a player. The inclusion of Shaq as a part of the franchise will surely go a long way in helping the young star in the making, stating he plans on helping him grow as a leader

I’m not going to try to change his game — I like his game. But he’s the leader on our team, so I’ll talk to him about leadership and good examples. I’ll talk to him about doing things a certain way and doing things consistent.

This is surely a step forward for the struggling franchise, which has languished at the bottom of the Western conference for a number of years now, amongst waves of uncertainty surrounding their future. Following the decision by the league to keep them in Sacramento, it is further clarification that the team is attempting to replicate the dominance they shared with the Lakers and the Jazz through the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Shaq operates as an owner in the NBA, and if he can indeed help them get back to being the team he so famously battled throughout his time with the Lakers.



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Kings Trade Rookie Thomas Robinson To Rockets In Three-Team Deal

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As per Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports, Sacramento Kings rookie and 5th overall draftee Thomas Robinson has been traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade involving 6 players. The Rockets will acquire Robinson from the Kings, as well as Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Cole Aldridge, Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson plus cash considerations. Also involved in the deal, the Phoenix Suns who receive Marcus Morris from Houston in exchange for a 2013 2nd round pick. The Kings have moved over $10 Million in salary while receiving only $6.5 in return leaving them a considerably larger amount of cap space than they already had.

Robinson, drafted 5th overall by the Kings in the 2012 draft has played just 51 games for Sacramento, and has shown considerable amounts of promise throughout his time in Sacramento.  The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and ordinarily the world of basketball is crawling with potential trades and rumors however 2013 has proven to be quite the opposite with the Robinson trade being the single and only deal to go down.

Nick C.



Kings Packing up Shop; Seattle to Reclaim The Sonics?

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UPDATE 21/01/2013:

Several sources close to the situation have indicated that a deal for the sale of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle’s Hansen-Ballmer Group is imminent. The reported settlement is said to be worth $525 Million and would see 65% of the Maloofs’ ownership go to Seattle. At this stage it is also reported that NBA teams have been notified, but the deal is yet to be approved by the league. More details ASAP.

From January 10th, 2013

Reports emerged on Twitter late last night of a blockbuster move which would see the financially decrepit Sacramento Kings relocate to Seattle after the Hansen-Ballmer Group made an offer to Kings owners the Maloof family to buy the team.

A press conference has been called, but as yet there is no official press release stating the move will indeed go ahead. The Maloofs are notoriously known for changing their minds last minute and the likelihood of them rejecting an offer remains high.

The projected figure of $500 million would see the franchise move to the old stomping ground of the fabled Seattle SuperSonics at Key Arena, before relocating to a new purpose built arena in the SoHo district two years later.

It is also reported that the Maloofs will likely retain a small percentage of ownership, but will ultimately have no say in the directions and choices the franchise takes.

Y! Sports was also told this morning that the buyer intends on reapplying the colors and name of the NBA history with which Seattle is known. Basically, we could potentially see the Seattle Sonics back in the National Basketball Association as early as next season.

More as it comes.

Nick C. (@NickoToGo)

Post Script: A new report has come through which suggests, as stated could happen, the Maloofs have rejected the offer made by Hansen-Ballmer and the deal is yet to be finalised.



Season Previews Part 9 (Final)

So here we have it hoop heads, the season is finally upon us!

We hope you have stuck with us during the Pre-Season  and have enjoyed our previews on every team in the NBA.

Here is our 9th and final part to the series. Enjoy the season!

 

Portland Trail Blazers

How will they do?

It’s been a long time since the Blazers have really put up any serious fight out West. Sure they have been playoff bound for most of the last handful of seasons (apart from last season) but have generally only snuck into the 8th or 7th slot. However, with all of this midtable fight, the Blazers certainly looked like a team that was heading in the right direction. Oden, Aldridge and Roy were gaining momentum in their careers and everything was looking up for this young team. Then the curse hit them…hard. Injuries ruined this team and all the groundwork done to get themselves past that 7th or 8th seed was undone. They needed to rebuild again. it may have taken them a couple of seasons to really start to believe again, but i think they are back on the right road now. They have a supremely talented PF in Aldridge who is a genuine star in the prime of his career and have managed to build a quality young roster both through the draft and trades around him. The gifted Nicolas Batum was resigned and the selection of rookies DamianLillard and Meyers Leonard in the draft has many Blazers fans excited about what lies ahead.Lilard especially may just turn out to be the answer to all their problems. A free scoring PG that knows how to run the floor and control the tempo of the game, he will be critical in the success of this team for years to come. Many reports coming out of the balling media have Lilard as a massive chance at sneaking through and stealing the ROTY Award from some of the more fancied players.