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NBA rumors: Kings will go after Tobias Harris once free agency starts

NBA rumors: Kings will go after Tobias Harris once free agency starts

The Sacramento Kings are one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA and they have money to spend to try to improve their squad.

One of the players they could target is power forward Tobias Harris.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Tuesday that the Kings are among five teams that could pursue Harris once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets are the other four teams that would have interest, according to the report.

The Inquirer reports that the biggest contract the Kings and any other team can offer Harris is $141 million over four years, while the incumbent Philadelphia 76ers can top that with a five-year, $188 million contract offer.

According to Spotrac.com, the Kings enter the offseason with $35.8 million in practical cap space.

Harris, who averaged a career-high 20.0 points per game this season with the Los Angeles Clippers and 76ers, would be an interesting fit with the Kings. Harrison Barnes has a player option worth more than $25 million, and the expectation is that he will exercise it. Marvin Bagley III, who was named to the All-Rookie First Team, should be the starter at power forward next season, so Harris' addition could complicate things. But at 6-foot-11, Bagley could potentially slide over to center, giving the Kings a smaller, but more dynamic lineup option.

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It will be interesting to see what the Kings do this offseason. After a 39-43 season, expectations in Sacramento are high, and their odds of winning an NBA title are increasing.

Spend your money wisely, Vlade Divac.

Kings takeaways: What we learned in brutal 112-108 loss to Thunder

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Kings takeaways: What we learned in brutal 112-108 loss to Thunder

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The win that got away.

In shocking fashion, the Sacramento Kings built a 19-point third-quarter lead on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder. And then they gave it all back.

The Thunder hit the Kings with a 15-0 run late in the third to cut Sacramento’s lead to just one heading to the fourth. It was all OKC in the final 12 minutes as the Kings got in early foul trouble and watched the game slip away at the line.

With the 112-108 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder moved to 37-22 on the season and strengthened their position as the fifth seed in the Western Conference standings.

Here are three takeaways as Kings’ three-game win streak comes to an end and they fall back to 10 games under .500 at 24-34 on the season.

The collapse

With 7:03 remaining in the third quarter, Nemanja Bjelica knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Kings a 78-59 lead. From that moment on, it was a wild barrage by the Thunder. 

Sacramento didn’t score again in the quarter until Harry Giles hit a pair of free throws with 26.6 seconds remaining. The Thunder stole the momentum and trailed just 82-81 heading to the fourth after a 22-4 run. 

The Kings’ inability to hit the simplest of shots hurt. The fact that they allowed the Thunder to drop 22 points in seven minutes was completely unacceptable.

Bjeli ache

Bjelica had a quiet game against the Warriors on Tuesday evening, scoring just one point in 27 minutes of action. That is not the player that showed up in OKC.

The Kings’ starting power forward hit his first six shots against the Thunder, including four triples. He faded a bit down the stretch for Sacramento, but he still finished with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with nine rebounds.

Bjelica is one of the unheralded saviors for the Kings this season. With Marvin Bagley playing just 13 games, Bjelica has held down the fort and provided the Kings with an elite shooter at the four. 

Bigs go big

Giles and Alex Len came to play against NBA strong man, Steven Adams. 

Giles got it going early, scoring 15 points in the first half. Foul trouble took him out of the game for much of the second half, but he was effective in his 24 minutes of action, scoring 19 points to go with eight rebounds in the loss.

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Len went to work as well. In his third game with the Kings, he managed to score 11 points and grab 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of action for his first double-double with the Kings. 

With no return date set for starting center Richaun Holmes, this pair is providing a spark for Sacramento. 

De'Aaron Fox out vs. Thunder as Kings enter crucial stretch in schedule

De'Aaron Fox out vs. Thunder as Kings enter crucial stretch in schedule

Kings starting point guard De'Aaron Fox is banged up and will miss Thursday's critical game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 22-year-old has worn tape on his left shoulder the last two games and he disappeared into the Kings' locker room during the first half of the team's win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday evening.

The diagnosis against the Warriors was right groin tightness. He returned to the game and played well, but that soreness may be a symptom of a bigger issue.

Despite Fox not showing up on the early edition of the NBA's injury report, the point guard will miss tonight's matchup against the Thunder with lower abdominal tightness. According to a team source, the two injuries are connected.

Fox played in 81 games last season, but he missed 17 games with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain early this season and one more game with lower back tightness. He's averaging 19.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game this season.

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The Kings are at a crucial point in their schedule. They currently trail the Memphis Grizzlies by 3.5 games in the standings with 25 games remaining on the schedule and they face Memphis on Friday night on the second night of a back-to-back.

With Fox sidelined, coach Luke Walton likely will turn to veteran Cory Joseph to fill the void. Joseph started 21 games early in the season with Fox out of action and is a reliable, steady hand. He isn't the dynamic scorer that Fox is, but he's a solid defensive replacement that doesn't make a lot of mistakes.