Kings' Thompson sets double-double goal


Kings' Thompson sets double-double goal

The Kings officially welcomed back Jason Thompson with a press conference on Friday after the power forward signed a deal two weeks ago to keep him in Sacramento.

Thompson spoke at the conference alongside Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie, who appeared very pleased to have reached a deal with Thompson.

"We're really excited about bringing Jason back," Petrie said. "He brings so many positive qualities to our team and I think his best years are still in front of him."

The new five-year contract makes Thompson one of the longest tenured players with the Kings, having spent his previous four years in Sacramento. Thompson had no reservations in showing his enthusiasm at the prospect of being a King for the next five years.

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"My goal was to get a second contract and to be in this league for ten-plus years," Thompson said. "This is obviously the place I wanted to be."

Thompson averaged 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season, but is looking to increase his numbers in the seasons to follow and has a vision for his future role with the team.

"I can be consistent and do the little things -- try and have the mindset of trying to average a double-double and just be solid," Thompson said.

Petrie also intimated that the signing would keep the Kings' younger core players together in order to build team chemistry.

"It is going to be a big year for our younger core where the team learns how to play together and trust each and grow from experiences they have had at this point, " Petrie said.

"I think if everyone plays a certain role, then I think a lot of positive things can come out of it," added Thompson. "We're trying to do more walking and not just talking."

Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away


Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

SACRAMENTO - All hands on deck. The Sacramento Kings open the 2017-18 schedule Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center and it looks like they might do so with a full arsenal of players at their disposal.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox returned to practice on Sunday and then participated in the team’s annual Fanfest. If his dance moves are any indication, the 19-year-old’s back is feeling just fine.

Veteran George Hill tweaked his groin Friday against the Golden State Warriors, leaving his availability for opening night in question. Hill, 31, who has a history of groin injuries, was on the court Monday practicing and said he is ready to play.

“Everything is feeling good right now,” Hill said Monday following practice.

The only player who didn’t practice on Monday is rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, who sprained his right ankle against the Warriors. According to head coach Dave Joerger,  the team is hopeful that the Serbian sharpshooter will return in time for Game 1.

“We’re still shooting for Wednesday for both of them,” Joerger said of Hill and Bogdanovic.

New look Rockets

The Rockets went 55-27 last season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, but that didn’t stop them from going all in during the offseason. With MVP runner-up James Harden already manning the backcourt, Houston added nine-time All-Star Chris Paul as their new starting point guard.

“Leadership, he’s a floor general,” Hill said about Paul. “Anywhere he goes, he’ll make a team better. We know they were already a good team without him, coming in with him is going to be a bigger task.”

It’s a new look roster and the expectations are huge for the Rockets. Houston averaged 115.3 points per game last season and led the league in both 3-point attempts and makes. This season, they also added two strong perimeter defenders in P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s a huge test coming out of the gate for Sacramento. Following the contest against the Rockets, the Kings hit the road for three straight before returning to Golden 1 next Thursday to face DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Camp notes

With the season just around the corner, the Sacramento Kings made their final roster cuts on Sunday afternoon. David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn were waived, leaving the Kings with 15 rostered players and two two-way players in Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson.

Stockton, Jones and Hearn are all expected to join the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s G-League.

Kings waive three players days before season opener


Kings waive three players days before season opener

SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.  

Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).

Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest. 

Hearn appeared in one preseason game. 

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