Kings set off fireworks on 4th of July by agreeing with Hill and Randolph

Kings set off fireworks on 4th of July by agreeing with Hill and Randolph

Fireworks and the Fourth or July are synonymous. Fireworks and the Sacramento Kings, not so much.
Vlade Divac and his budding front office set the NBA world buzzing Tuesday morning when they agreed to terms with two free agents.
Divac and co. added one of the premiere free agent guards in Utah’s George Hill, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The contract -- which could be worth up to $57 million -- contains two guaranteed years and a partial guarantee in Year 3.

The deal was first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Minutes after reports broke on Hill’s addition, the Kings struck again, adding 16-year NBA veteran Zach Randolph. Z-Bo spent three years working under head coach Dave Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he’s agreed to a deal worth $24 million over two years.
Hill is signing on to mentor rookies De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason. The 32-year-old point guard posted 16.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season for a 51-win Utah Jazz team. He played just 49 games due to injury, but he managed to shoot 40.3 percent from three in 31.5 minutes a night. 
Randolph continues to grind. The soon-to-be 36-year-old dropped 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game last season in Memphis. He will be asked to help mentor the Kings’ fleet of young bigs, including Skal Labissiere, Harry Giles, Willie Cauley-Stein and Georgios Papagiannis. 
The two-time All-Star brings a toughness the Kings sorely lack on the frontline and he’s played alongside veteran Kosta Koufos during their time together with the Grizzlies.
Sacramento isn’t done shopping, although they are running low on roster spots. They still have a major hole at the small forward position and at least $15 million to spend. 
Hill and Randolph represent two of the biggest free agent acquisitions by the Kings in recent memory. They are solid veteran additions that will join Koufos and Garrett Temple as the team’s elder statesmen tasked with bringing along one of the league’s youngest rosters.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.