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The NBA Draft is two weeks away, but are Kings already on the clock with No. 2 pick?

The NBA Draft is two weeks away, but are Kings already on the clock with No. 2 pick?

We're only two weeks away from the 2018 NBA Draft and it appears that the Sacramento Kings are on the clock. After meeting with the Phoenix Suns, who hold the first overall selection in the draft, potential top pick DeAndre Ayton announced he will not work out for any other teams. 

“I know I’m going number one,” Ayton told media members following his workout with the Suns on Wednesday.

When pressed on the issue, the 19-year-old center elaborated. 

“Nobody told me (I’ll go first),” Ayton said. “That’s just me. I think I deserve that. I’ve worked hard.”

The 7-footer out of Arizona isn’t exactly going out on a limb. He’s at the top of almost every mock draft and he’s considered a “can’t miss prospect” in most NBA circles.

If Ayton is in fact off the board, the Sacramento Kings, who hold the No. 2 pick, should plan accordingly. 

Word around the team is that the Kings continue to keep all options open regarding the selection. There is a small group of players that have caught Sacramento’s eye, including Duke big man Marvin Bagley III, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. and European prospect Luka Doncic.

Kings owner and chairman, Vivek Ranadivé, and general manager, Vlade Divac, were both in Spain on Tuesday to attend Doncic’s latest victory in the European leagues. The 19-year-old playmaker posted 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Real Madrid’s 92-83 win over Herbalife Gran Canaria.

This isn’t the first time representatives from the Kings have watched Doncic up close and personal. Most of the front office watched Doncic during the season and the team had two scouts at last month’s EuroLeague Finals where the Slovenian-born wing took home both league and Finals MVP honors. 

Porter Jr. will hold a pro day in Chicago on Friday, which the Kings plan to attend. He has yet to release medical information, but during a radio interview with KMOX in St. Louis, Porter’s father said that the Bulls medical staff gave him a physical and they intend to share that information with teams in attendance. 

The Kings plan to see Porter Jr. twice over the next week, including his pro day, followed by a smaller workout in Chicago with teams in the top 10 of the lottery closer to draft night. He’s an intriguing prospect, but teams drafting at the top end of the lottery will look hard at his medical records after he underwent back surgery in his lone season at Missouri. 

With the draft just around the corner, the Kings have yet to host a top tier prospect in Sacramento, but there is still time. The team expects to hold more prospects workouts next week as they prepare for one of the more important drafts in team history. 

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Basketball season is just around the corner. Well, maybe not. We’re still nearly five weeks away from the opening of training camp for the 2018-19 season, and the regular season doesn’t begin until mid-October. 

On Friday, the NBA announced the 82 game schedule for all 30 teams, including the Sacramento Kings, who will open the season at home Oct. 17 against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts from this season’s campaign.

•    For the second season in a row, the Kings will play only one set of five-games-in-seven-nights, and that comes at the tail end of March and into early April. This is part of the NBA’s new plan of allowing players more time to rest. The league has eliminated the dreaded four-games-in-five-nights grouping from the schedule as well.

•    Sacramento will have 14 sets of back-to-backs, two shy of last season’s total of 16 sets. Of those 14 sets, one is home-and-home, seven are away-and-away, two are away-and-home and four are home-and-away.

•    After a balanced November and December schedule, the Kings will hit the road for their longest trip away from home in mid-January, stopping in Charlotte, Detroit, Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis and Los Angeles (Clippers) from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27. 

•    The Kings’ longest homestand will be six games and come on the heels of their longest road trip. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, Sacramento will host the Hawks, 76ers, Spurs, Rockets, Heat and Suns at Golden 1 Center. 

•    Sacramento will play seven of its first 10 games away from Golden 1 Center. With plenty of new faces expected to see time in the rotation, the young Kings will have to learn on the fly while traveling around the NBA landscape.   

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There are plenty of games to look forward to as well, beginning with opening night. There are old faces in new places and plenty of intrigue.

•    Sacramento will match up with the two-time reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors four times this season. The initial battle is set for Nov. 24 at Oracle, with a follow-up three weeks on Dec. 14 at Golden 1 Center. The teams will meet again Jan. 5 at Golden 1 and then finish the series in the first game coming out of the All-Star break on Feb. 21. It likely won’t happen early in the season, but at some point, former Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins will make his debut as a member of the Warriors, which should be fun to watch.

•    The Kings will face off with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers four times as well, beginning on Nov. 11 at home. The Lakers have made substantial changes to their roster, including the addition of LeBron James. These teams will play each other again twice in late December before completing the series March 24 in L.A. 

•    Isaiah Thomas joined forces during the offseason with former Kings coach Michael Malone in Denver. Sacramento will play the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 23 and then again on Jan. 3 at Golden 1 Center and Feb. 13 back in Denver.

•    The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 4 to get their first look at No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton when they travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to face the Suns. They’ll see No. 3 overall selection Luka Doncic on Dec. 16 when they stop over in Dallas for a game against the Mavs.

Below is the complete Kings 2018-19 schedule, with all times local to where the game is played:

Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

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Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

Second-year Sacramento Kings pro Frank Mason III is being sued by rap star Lil Wayne. Seriously. 

The 24-year-old guard is being sued for $92,000 and must give back his Young Money diamond chain, according to TMZ Sports.

Before the Kings selected Mason in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Lil Wayne's agency, Young Money APAA Sports Group, signed the former Kansas star. The agency reportedly gave Mason $40,000 in advance, paid his pre-draft expenses which totaled $52,000 and gave him an $11,000 diamond chain. 

However, Mason's contract reportedly stated if he left the agency, Mason would have to repay the money and give back the chain. This past April, Mason left the agency. 

Mason signed a three-year, $4,181,147 contract with the Kings after the 2017 draft. He is guaranteed $2,562,627.