Vince Carter reacts to Patrick McCaw injury: 'I just hope he's okay'


Vince Carter reacts to Patrick McCaw injury: 'I just hope he's okay'

SACRAMENTO -- A dark cloud hung over Golden 1 Center Saturday evening as both the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors awaited news on 22-year-old shooting guard Patrick McCaw.

The high-flying wing left the floor on a stretcher in the late third quarter after being knocked off balance by veteran Vince Carter. McCaw was taken directly to UC Davis Medical center for further observations as both teams held their breath.

“I just hope he’s okay,” an emotional Carter said following the game. “I play this game because I love it and enjoy it and not for that, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future and I hate to see it.”

McCaw cut baseline and attacked the rim with 40.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter. A replay shows Carter sliding over to cut off McCaw’s path. The 41-year-old veteran caught McCaw in the leg with a shoulder. The contact knocked McCaw off balance and sent him flying through the air awkwardly.

“I remember his foot hitting the side of my leg, that’s it,” Carter said.

The second-year pro landed on his lower back area and instantly began rolling on the floor in pain. Both team’s medical staffs quickly came out on the floor and McCaw was eventually removed from the floor immobilized on a gurney.

“He’s a young guy, he has a bright future, I don’t play the game that way,” Carter said. “To see a young guy laying down there, it’s an unfortunate situation.”

Carter kneeled next to McCaw as he was attended to, clearly overwhelmed by the situation. He still looked overwhelmed by the situation later in the evening as he fielded questions from his locker stall.

“Vince felt horrible, he was out there next to him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Vince felt awful and Pat was in extreme pain. Everybody felt bad. All we can do is just hope we get a positive response from the hospital and we’ll see. At this point, we don’t know anything.”

As McCaw was wheeled off the court, both teams huddled together under the Warriors basket to say a prayer. It was an emotional moment for everyone in the building.

“It’s never good to see that, but you just see the respect and the professionalism out of these players to just come together and pray,” rookie De’Aaron Fox said. “It’s tough to finish a game like that, but that’s what we’re paid to do.”

Following the loss, Carter made his way to the Warriors locker room to once again apologize to McCaw’s teammates. On a night when he became just the ninth player in NBA history to play 1,400 regular season games, he left the building with a heavy heart.

“I know Vince’s spirit and his heart and I don’t believe it was intentional at all,” Kevin Durant said following the game. “It looked like he was just caught in the middle of wanting to get in the play and wanting to move out of the way. Pat was just coming so fast and it was just an unfortunate play.”

“Nobody in our locker room thinks Vince did that on purpose,” Durant added.

McCaw has played a valuable role for the Warriors this season, playing 56 games, including 10 starts for a 55-win Golden State team. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as they await news on the extent of his injury.

What does Nemanja Bjelica bring to the Kings?


What does Nemanja Bjelica bring to the Kings?

The Sacramento Kings had cash burning holes in their pockets. After nearly three weeks of inactivity in free agency, the team signed a second player in less than eight hours Friday afternoon.

Yogi Ferrell inked a two-year, $6.2 million deal to start the spending spree and, according to a source, Sacramento added Nemanja Bjelica to a three-year, $20.5 million deal just as most people were settling in for dinner. The final year of his deal is non-guaranteed.

The Bjelica transaction has been rumored for the last few days, although the exact dollars figures were unknown. The 30-year-old combo forward posted 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He initially agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, but backed out of the deal earlier this week with the thought that he would return to Europe to play. According to reports, Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic reached out to the Serbian-born forward in an attempt to keep him in the NBA and talk him into joining the Kings.

How does he fit with the Kings?

Bjelica split his time between the small forward and power forward positions last season with the T-Wolves, and will likely do the same in Sacramento. Listed at 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, Bjelica is known for his long range shooting touch, knocking down a career-best 41.5 percent from behind the arc last season.

The Kings have an overload at the power forward and center position, so it’s likely that Bjelica will play plenty of minutes at the small forward spot. He's a potential defensive liability against smaller wings, but he'll help to open running and passing lanes for De’Aaron Fox and the rest of Sacramento’s guards.

Who loses time?

There is a lot that can happen between now and the start of training camp. If the roster looks the same in mid-September as it does now, expect Bjelica to steal time from Justin Jackson at the small forward position and Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph at the four.

His ability to stretch the floor will keep him on the court for plenty of minutes in Dave Joerger’s rotation.

Financial Impact

While we don’t have exact year-by-year numbers, Bjelica should eat up roughly $7 million a year in each of his guaranteed seasons. When combined with Ferrell’s $3 million salary for this season, the Kings still have more than $9 million of cap room and they will have to waive one player before making the signing official.

Source: Kings agree to three-year deal with Nemanja Bjelica


Source: Kings agree to three-year deal with Nemanja Bjelica

Europe can wait for free-agent forward Nemanja Bjelica.

The 30-year-old agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Sacramento Kings on Friday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California's James Ham. The third year is not guaranteed. 

Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania first reported the news. 

The 6-foot-10 Serbian averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game last season. A source told NBC Sports California's James Ham on Wednesday that the Kings like the Serbian forward's versatility, and believe he can play minutes at the small forward and power forward postions. 

Bjelica previously agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers this summer. He told the team on Monday that he planned on staying in Europe this season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.