Report: Kings not involved in Virginia Beach arena talks


Report: Kings not involved in Virginia Beach arena talks

Despite all the conjecture that Tuesdays Virginia Beachcity counsel meeting would include a cohesive plan to move the Kings to theEast Coast, the latest relocation threat proved to have little basis or atthe very least is still in a very infant stage.The Maloofs, owners of the Kings, did not appear at themeeting or the press conference afterward, and according to Comcast-Spectacorpresident Peter Luuko, the main corporate backer of a possible Virginia Beacharena, Comcast-Spectacor has not even spoken to the Kings.We have not had any formal talks with the Kings, Luukosaid, according to ProBasketballTalk. We have not had any talks.The Maloofs have not filed for any Virginia-based trademarkapplications with the terms Kings or Royals and have no new trademarkapplications filed with the United States Trademark office, ProBasketballTalkreported. Marketing consultants with the city of Virginia Beach have registered the Internetdomain names and if Comcast-Spectacor did initiate talks with theMaloofs, Virginia Beachis still far from breaking ground on a new arena. Two city councilmen said theywould oppose using public funds to build the stadium and questioned the citysproposal.Councilman Bill DeSteph noted the misleading geographicparameters the city used. Under their framework, which allowed them tocalculate that Virginia Beachs market includedthree million people, Sacramentocould claim to be a market of 10 million people.If were talking about Sacramento,lets go out 100 miles and lets include the San Francisco Bay Area and letsinclude Fresno,DeSteph said.Luuko remains committed to Virginia Beach, which he said is one of the largest underserved (sports)markets in North America.Luuko and Virginia Beach director of economic development Warren Harrissaid they would negotiate with pro sports franchises during the next two month,working on a 25-year lease.

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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