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NBA suspends Kings' Collison for first eight games of season

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NBA suspends Kings' Collison for first eight games of season

UPDATE (3:25 pm PDT on Sunday): The NBA officially announced that Kings point guard Darren Collison has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2016-17 season.

Following the announcement, the Kings issued the following statement:

"Domestic violence is a serious issue and directly contradicts the values of the Sacramento Kings. Darren has taken responsibility for his actions and will work to raise awareness of this critical issue in the community, We support the NBA's decision on this matter."

In their statement, the NBA explained their decision:

"The NBA conducted its own investigation into this matter, including a review of all available materials and interviews of the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence, upon whom the league relies in connection with such matters.

Based on this investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the NBA determined that an eight-game suspension was appropriate. Among other factors, the NBA took into account the conduct and its result, the player’s acceptance of responsibility, his cooperation with both law enforcement and the NBA, and his voluntary participation in counseling in addition to the court-mandated program."

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SACRAMENTO - The biggest question mark coming into Sacramento Kings training camp has been answered. A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to CSN California that veteran point guard Darren Collison has been suspended by the NBA for the first eight games of the 2016-17 season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in September.

“It’s been an unfortunate summer, difficult offseason, you know what I mean, but as a man, you’ve got to take responsibility,” Collison told reporters during media day on Monday. “Right now, what’s best for my family is to kind of move forward and focus on basketball. This has kind of been my safe haven thus far.”

Collison was arrested over Memorial Day weekend and originally charged with two misdemeanor counts after a late night altercation with his wife.

After countless delays, the 29-year-old point guard accepted a plea deal with the Placer County district attorneys office on September 2, pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence. The conviction came with a 20-day jail sentence, which he will serve in an Alternative Sentencing Program, where he will work on community service projects overseen by Placer County.

In addition to community service, Collison was also sentenced to three years of informal probation and he is required to attend a 52-week “Batterer Treatment” class, which is mandatory by the state of California in all domestic violence convictions.

Collison is in his third season with the Kings after signing a 3-year, $15 million deal in 2014. He averaged 14 points and 4.3 assists per game as both a starter and reserve for Sacramento and before running into legal trouble he was expected to begin the season as the starter.

The Kings have since added veterans Ty Lawson and Jordan Farmar to support the position with the expectation that Collison would miss time due to suspension.

Collison is allowed to play during the preseason but he will miss the first two weeks of the regular season due to the suspension. He is eligible to return to action on Nov. 8 when the Kings take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden 1 Center. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was first with the information. According to Stein, the suspension will cost Collison an estimated $380,324 in lost game checks.

Kings lead nonpartisan voter registration drive

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Kings lead nonpartisan voter registration drive

SACRAMENTO -- Bigger than basketball. It’s a mantra that has played out many times in Sacramento and the Kings are dusting off the message again for National Voter Registration Day with their “Rally the Vote” push.   

The Kings are one of nine professional franchises teaming up for a nonpartisan coalition urging their fans to register to vote before the November primaries.

Joining the Kings in the effort are the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. 

As of 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 87.9 million Americans eligible to vote who are not registered. Through teams mobile apps, websites and social media channels, a platform for fans has been created to register fans to vote. 

“If we can make buying a ticket to a sporting event accessible in a few clicks, there is no reason why registering to vote shouldn’t be the same,” Vivek Ranadivé, Owner and Chairman of the Sacramento Kings said via a prepared statement. “Voting is one of the most important things we do as Americans and is central to our democracy, yet tens of millions of people are not registered to vote. Sports teams have a responsibility to enact positive change in their communities, and I’m proud to see so many of us coming together to help fans register to vote so that they can have a voice in elections.”

The group of franchises have partnered with Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses technology to make voting easier. 

Marvin Bagley III has filmed a PSA for the registration drive which will air in the arena during the Kings’ preseason matchups against Maccabi Haifa on Oct. 8 and the Utah Jazz on Oct. 11 and again during the season opener against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 17.

The deadline to register in the upcoming election in California is Oct. 22. To register to vote through Rally the Vote, visit RallyTheVote.TurboVote.org.

Source: Kings would help facilitate Jimmy Butler trade if it benefits them

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Source: Kings would help facilitate Jimmy Butler trade if it benefits them

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA rumor mill is in full force. Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves are having a messy breakup, and it’s only going to get worse from here. 

According to an NBA source, the Kings are listening and even willing to participate in a large-scale trade involving the Timberwolves and others, but only if it benefits the team both in the short term and down the road. 

The Kings currently sit $11 million under the NBA’s salary cap. In addition to pure cap space, veterans Zach Randolph ($11.7 million), Iman Shumpert ($11 million), Kosta Koufos ($8.7 million) and Ben McLemore ($5.4 million) all have expiring contracts that could be used to acquire young players or future picks.

Sacramento has been reluctant to add major contracts beyond this season. The team has an estimated $60 million in cap room next summer and hopes to jump into the free agent market with both feet. But the time to strike might come earlier if the right package of players and assets come available. 

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Kings were dragged into the conversation when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski added his latest update to the Butler saga, writing: "To facilitate a Butler trade, the sort of broader deal necessary to meet the financial needs of Minnesota and Butler's future team, circumstances will necessitate bringing the Sacramento Kings into the process.”

Wojnarowski went on to add that the Kings are the only team with real cap space to work with, and they have a bevy of expiring contracts as well. 

“Assistant GM Brandon Williams has informed teams that the Kings aren't opposed to parking contracts that extend into the 2019-20 season, including (Gorgui) Dieng,” Wojnarowski wrote. “Whatever happens with the Butler deal, the Kings are determined to use that $11 million in cap space and their expiring contracts to gather more assets for the future.”

This is a good place to be if you're the Kings. It’s also a position they have worked hard to create. The February trade of George Hill opened room for this season, and their preference for short-term contracts with an eye toward the summer of 2019 has them sitting pretty. 

Whether they would look at a deal that includes a player such as Dieng, who is owed $48 million over the next three seasons, is unknown at this time, but they already have a crowded frontcourt and have looked to avoid contracts like this in the past. 

The Kings are open for business, but they also know the Butler talks won’t be their only opportunity this season to get involved and that they are the only real option for a deal involving a third team with cap space. 

Stay tuned. It will be an interesting couple of days as the Timberwolves look to deal one of the best two-way players in the game.