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Kings receive draft pick, cash from Knicks for exec Scott Perry

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Kings receive draft pick, cash from Knicks for exec Scott Perry

UPDATE (10:50am on Friday) -- The Kings on Friday officially announced the departure of executive vice president Scott Perry, who is reportedly signing a five-year deal to become general manager of the New York Knicks. 

The Kings will receive a 2019 second-round pick and cash considerations from the Knicks as part of the deal, NBC Sports California has confirmed.

"The Kings are forging a strong future for themselves, and while this was a tough decision, I could not pass up a promotion to become the General Manager of the New York Knicks and chance to be near my daughter in New York," Perry said in a statement. "I am so thankful to Vivek, Vlade, the leadership team, and the entire Kings organization for my time in Sacramento. The Kings are a hard-working team with a lot of heart and I have no doubt they are on a path to enormous success. I wish them all the luck in the world, but I have a feeling they won’t need it."

“We thank Scott for his time with the Kings and wish him the best of luck in his promotion to General Manager of the New York Knicks," Kings GM Vlade Divac said in a statement. "The Kings are on a bright path ahead and I am very confident in the future of our hard-working, talented team.”

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UPDATE (2:16pm on Thursday) -- Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports Kings VP Scott Perry has agreed to become the new GM of the New York Knicks.

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Scott Perry might have the shortest tenure of any Sacramento Kings executive in team history. According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN, Perry, 53, is in talks with the New York Knicks to become their new general manager. 

Perry joined the Kings in April as the team’s Executive VP of Basketball Operations under Vlade Divac and made an immediate impact on the franchise. The long time exec used his clout around NBA circles to help land interviews or workouts with eight of the top 22 players in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

His stamp, along with Divac’s was all over both the draft process and free agency as the Kings turned over eight of their 15 roster spots. 

According to the report, Sacramento granted permission to New York, allowing him to chase the high profile position Wojnarowski deemed, “a dream job.” 

A league source has confirmed to NBC Sports California that Kings have been supportive of Perry throughout the process. While he is highly regarded by the team, they have fortified their front office over the last two summers, adding talent that was likely to draw the attention of other teams.

While Divac has been the main decision maker over the past two seasons, the front office has continued to grow. Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bratz are holdovers, but Sacramento added assistant general manager Ken Catanella in 2016 and they have revamped their analytics department, hiring Luke Bornn, who is in the process of adding to his analytics staff.

How different factors on schedule will affect Kings in 2019-20 season

How different factors on schedule will affect Kings in 2019-20 season

82 games. 30 teams. It should be simple to make an NBA schedule that is moderately close to balanced.

But balance isn’t usually the case when it comes to the schedule and the Sacramento Kings, and there are plenty of reasons for the discrepancy.

For a team like the Kings, the release of the new schedule is an annual reminder that A) they play in a small market, B) they’ve missed the playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons and C) they play on the west coast.

When the 2019-20 regular-season schedule dropped a little over a week ago, there was a collective grown from Kings fans on social media that could be heard across the globe. A budding young team, fresh off their best season since the 2005-06 season, earned one nationally televised game (TNT or ESPN), and it wasn’t even on TNT.

A ninth-place finish in the Western Conference wasn’t worth more than one real nationally televised game. The Phoenix Suns, who finished at 19-63 last season, “earned” one TNT game.

Nationally televised games aren’t a barometer for how good a team is. Heck, the Charlotte Hornets got a single national game and they finished with an identical 39-43 record as the Kings last season, but lost their lone All-Star when guard Kemba Walker joined the Boston Celtics.

Making it to a national audience is nice, but it has no value in the win/loss column. A deep dive into the Kings’ schedule shows a few issues that might actually affect the team’s ability to compete for a playoff spot.

Sacramento is tied for the third-most miles traveled on the season, hitting the 50,000-mile mark, not including the 17,000-plus round-trip miles the team will venture on their trip to India during the preseason.

A further breakdown shows that travel is an issue for a lot of teams out west. Here is a breakdown of miles traveled by conference, with the west shown in red and the eastern conference shown in black.

Ten of the top twelve teams in miles traveled are Western Conference clubs. You could write it off as a geographical issues. Nine of the bottom ten teams in miles traveled are from the Eastern Conference, including the seven teams with the fewest amount of miles traveled.

Stangely, both Los Angeles teams travel the fewest miles on the season out of any Western Conference team. The Lakers also rank first in total nationally televised games, including TNT, ABC, ESPN and NBA TV with 43 contests. The Clippers are tied for third with 38 games on the national schedule.

Teams like the Pelicans, Thunder and Mavericks, who are geographical centered on the map of the United States, ranked third, fourth and fifth in miles traveled by Western Conference teams.

Some of the glaring issues with the Kings’ schedule centered around at least one anomaly. The Kings typically make a single trip to Florida, playing both the Magic and Heat during the same swing. This season they make two trips to Florida, which helps rack up the miles.

On the plus side, the Kings do not have a single six-game road trip this season and even their five-game trip is spaced out over 10 days.

Another way to break down the Kings’ chances this season is to look at strength of schedule. Using Las Vegas projected win totals and over/under lines, Sacramento plays the sixth-most difficult schedule in the NBA with a projected win total against of .513.

A lot of that has to do with the Kings’ division, where they’ll face the Clippers (projected 54.5 wins), Lakers (projected 50.5 wins) and Warriors (projected 49.5 wins) four times each. The only break is that they also play the Suns four times, although even Phoenix is projected to win 29.5 games, an increase of more than ten wins from last year.

Normally there is an early moment in the schedule you can point to that the Kings have to survive. There are a few of those this season, including the early Oct/Nov schedule, as well as an extremely difficult month of April.

Sacramento has the 10th-most difficult opening month of the campaign with a projected winning percentage against of .523. The schedules for December, January and March are all manageable, including a stretch with 10 out of 12 games at home during mid-Dec. and early Jan.

Their pre All-Star break versus post All-Star break schedule is close to even, but their finish in April is brutal. In the final month of the season, the Kings face a barrage of quality Western Conference opponents with a combined projected with total of .555.

The Kings’ April is the third-most difficult final month for any NBA team. Sacramento finishes the season with a back-to-back against the Lakers at Staples, followed by the season finale at home against the Warriors.

There is one last crazy chart to look at. If you break down the rest advantage for every NBA team, the Kings actually have a fairly balanced schedule. They play 20-22 games with a rest advantage and 20-22 with a rest disadvantage. The remaining 38-42 games are even.

Overall, the Kings travel too much, their final month of the season is brutal and they aren’t going to be highlighted on any national networks this season. They need to get off to a fast start and have a buffer down the stretch if they are going to survive the final month of the season and snap their long playoff drought.

[RELATED: Why Kings' Fox likely walked away from Team USA chance]

None of this is unexpected. Despite a breakout season, the Kings are still the Kings when it comes to a national audience, distance traveled and strength of schedule. The only way to break the cycle is by winning games and forcing the league to take notice.

H/T to both Jared Dubin and Ed Kupfer for graphic breakdowns via Twitter.

How Kings' De'Aaron Fox celebrated signing contract with current agent

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How Kings' De'Aaron Fox celebrated signing contract with current agent

It's common for adults to celebrate big moments in life with an alcoholic beverage.

But what if you just turned 21 years old and you don't drink alcohol?

That's exactly what happened to Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox in February when he signed the paperwork to hire family friend Chris Gaston as his new agent.

“We took a whiskey shot, and it was disgusting,” Fox recalled to one37pm.com's Corban Gable.

The bad whiskey experience happened during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gaston admitted that he was nervous about walking through a crowded hotel with the contract. The shot of whiskey might have been to steel their nerves as much as it was to celebrate their pact.

Fox is a rising star and is set for a big payday. The Kings hold a team option worth $8.099 million for the 2020-21 season.

[RELATED: Why Fox likely walked away from Team USA]

But you can expect Fox, Gaston and the Kings to start talking about a long-term extension sooner rather than later.

Just don't expect them to celebrate by downing shots of whiskey.