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NBA rumors: Kings learn details of free-agency window prior to restart

NBA rumors: Kings learn details of free-agency window prior to restart

As we get closer to the Orlando bubble, the NBA is starting to set out the path for teams. One of the first steps begins this week with a short window for free agency.

On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the timeline the NBA has set forth for the Kings and other NBA teams to make roster adjustments.

All 30 teams are allowed to sign players during the seven-day window from June 23-30. The Kings have roughly three days to sift through the list of eligible free agents before deciding whether or not to extend a contract to someone for added depth in Orlando.

The Kings’ roster currently stands at 14 players, plus two-way players Kyle Guy and DaQuan Jeffries. Guy has appeared in just two games for the Kings this season after being drafted in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Jeffries, who went undrafted out of Tulsa, has appeared in six games for the parent club.

Both players have had success at the G League level, but the Kings might want to add a more experienced body to the mix in case they run into injury or illness issues in the bubble in Orlando.

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Sacramento is deep at most positions, especially with Marvin Bagley healthy and ready to jump in the fray.

According to Charania, teams can sign rest-of-season contracts, substitute players, two-way contracts and waivers during the window.

We’ll have more on this story as information becomes available. Don’t be surprised if the Kings actively search for one more piece to the puzzle just to err on the side of caution.

Kings assistant Igor Kokoskov announced as Fenerbahçe Beko head coach

Kings assistant Igor Kokoskov announced as Fenerbahçe Beko head coach

While Kings assistant coach Igor Kokoskov will travel to Orlando with the team, he has a new gig awaiting him after the NBA season concludes.

European basketball powerhouse Fenerbahçe Beko Istanbul announced Saturday that Kokoskov will be there next head coach.

Kokoskov has agreed to a three-year contract with Fenerbahçe, according to their press release.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Thursday that Kokoskov would take over Fenerbahçe. A league source confirmed to NBC Sports California's James Ham that Kokoskov would remain with the Kings through the completion of their 2019-20 slate.

Kokoskov, 48, has been an NBA coach since the 2000-01 season. He spent time as an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Kings. He also spent the 2018-19 season as the head coach of the Suns, where he amassed a 19-63 record.

The 2019-20 season was Kokoskov's first on Luke Walton's staff.

Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who plays for Kokoskov on the Serbian National Team, congratulated his coach on his new job.

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Kokoskov and the Kings are scheduled to arrive in Orlando this upcoming week for the restart of the NBA season. They will participate in three scrimmages before playing eight seeding games. If they can remain within four games of the No. 8 seed, Sacramento would force play-in games for the last playoff seed in the Western Conference.

If the Kings can find a way into the playoffs, they can send Kokoskov out with a bang.

How Kings' scrimmages with Bucks, NBA's best could boost playoff hopes

How Kings' scrimmages with Bucks, NBA's best could boost playoff hopes

You can say this much about the Kings: They'll be very prepared for their eight seeding games during the restarted NBA season.

Sacramento will scrimmage against the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers before the Kings' real games begin on July 31 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

For those counting at home, the Kings will play the NBA's eighth-best (Miami), fourth-best (LA) and best (Milwaukee) teams by record. The three teams have a combined five All-Stars among them, while the Bucks and Clippers are first (plus-10.7) and third (plus-6.4) in net rating.

The Kings will need to be tested, of course, considering the uphill climb required to make the playoffs.

Sacramento currently is the 11th seed in the Western Conference, 3.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings, as the ninth seed, would need to be within 4.0 games of the eighth seed in order to force a play-in series to grab the West's final playoff spot.

Two games against the Zion Williamson-led New Orleans Pelicans loom large in that regard, as does the Kings' lone matchup with the 12th-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Warming up against the Heat, Clippers and Bucks should help them prepare for key games against other contenders, including the West-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

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Win all eight games, and the Kings likely would make the play-in round at the very least. Harrison Barnes would also finally be able to shave, and earning the eighth seed would end a 14-year postseason drought.

Those are tall tasks, but each might feel slightly less so if Sacramento is able to hang with some of the NBA's best before the restarted season officially tips off.