Luke Walton has 'hell of an opportunity' with Kings, Steve Kerr believes


Luke Walton has 'hell of an opportunity' with Kings, Steve Kerr believes

On Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr advised Luke Walton to take a vacation and figure out what he wanted to do next.

That "vacation" lasted roughly 24 hours, as Walton agreed to a four-year contract to be the next Kings coach, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California's James Ham.

"Happy for Luke," Kerr told reporters Saturday before the NBA first-round playoff series opener between the Warriors and Clippers. "That was quick."

Walton will take over a Kings team that surprised many by winning 39 games this season. De'Aaron Fox is a budding superstar, Buddy Hield had a breakout third season, and Marvin Bagley had an excellent rookie campaign.

"Great opportunity," Kerr said. "Really nice, young team. I thought Dave Joerger did a tremendous job there the last few years, and they've established a really good foundation, so it's a hell of an opportunity for him."

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The Kings surprisingly fired Joerger on Thursday, one day after their regular-season finale.

Walton served as a Warriors assistant for two years, and went 39-4 as the interim head coach in 2015-16 while Kerr recovered from back surgery, before taking the Lakers' head-coaching job three seasons ago. The Lakers, who missed the playoffs in a season where they had high expectations, agreed to part ways with Walton on Friday.

Walton went 98-148 in his three seasons in LA.

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

When the Kings agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract with center Dewayne Dedmon at the start of free agency this summer, it seemed like a small move compared to the rest of the craziness in the NBA.

Nevermind that, though. The former Hawk could be the perfect fit in Sacramento. Just ask the player he's replacing. 

“I think it fits better for them in that role for what they want -- shooting 3s, rim protecting, all that,” former Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein recently told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “Obviously, they felt I didn’t do a good job at it. I think (Dedmon) is one of the good ones in the league who does that, so for them I think that’s a big-time move.”

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.4 million deal with the Warriors this offseason when the Kings made him an unrestricted free agent. He's expected to play the rim-running role that JaVale McGee previously occupied. Dedmon will have a much different role on the Kings. 

Dedmon, who turns 30 in August, didn't attempt a single 3-point shot the first four seasons of his six-year NBA career. That changed two seasons ago in Atlanta. The 7-footer put up 133 3-point shots during the past two seasons and made 38.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season. 

Cauley-Stein, by comparison, only has four 3-pointers to his name in his four-year NBA career. He's only attempted 18 and isn't seen as a reliable shooter. 

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The Kings are expected to shoot plenty of shots from deep this season under new head coach Luke Walton. Even as the big man down low, Dedmon will be called upon to let it fly from long distance. 

“I like to get up and down the floor and shoot 3s,” Dedmon said to The Bee. “It’s definitely something I look forward to. That fast pace, getting up and down the floor, running, catching lobs, shooting some 3s, it’s going to be fun.”

Source: Rookie Isaiah Pineiro, Kings agree to one-year contract


Source: Rookie Isaiah Pineiro, Kings agree to one-year contract

The Kings must have liked what they saw out of undrafted rookie Isaiah Pineiro during the Las Vegas Summer League.

NBC Sports Bay Area's James Ham has confirmed that Pineiro and the Kings have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract.

The Athletic's Michael Scotto was first to report news of the agreement.

Pinerio averaged 4.6 points per game during Summer League action.

Pineiro, who graduated from the University of San Diego last spring, grew up in the Kings' backyard. The 24-year-old hails from Auburn, Calif. and grew up routing for the Kings.

"It’s a little surreal. You grow up with a really close hometown team and you see them playing all the time,” Pineiro told “So, to put on that jersey – it’s a good feeling.”

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If Pineiro sticks with the Kings, he'll likely spend most of the 2019-20 season working on his game with the G League Stockton Kings.