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Willie Cauley-Stein ready to 'move on' from Kings, agent declares

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Willie Cauley-Stein ready to 'move on' from Kings, agent declares

Willie Cauley-Stein and his agent are trying to make the decision for the Sacramento Kings.

After four years with the Kings, the 25-year-old center is a restricted free agent. If the Kings make Cauley-Stein a qualifying offer, they have the ability to match any offer he receives and bring him back.

But according to agent Roger Montgomery, the former first-round draft pick doesn't want that. He has no interest in returning to the Kings.

“I really think Willie needs a fresh start,” Montgomery told The Sacramento Bee's Jason Anderson on Saturday. “Based on how things have gone for him there in Sacramento, I just think it’s time for Willie to move on and we’d really like him to move on.”

Montgomery told Anderson that he doesn't want the Kings to make Cauley-Stein a $6.3 million qualifying offer.

“We’ve kind of hoped that things would change over the years and Willie would get a chance to expand his game, get a chance to get some consistency there in terms of the roster turnover and the coaching turnover and the things that have not been steady there,” Montgomery told The Bee. “That being said, I’m hopeful they will not even give Willie his qualifying offer so Willie can be an unrestricted free agent.”

Earlier this offseason, Kings general manager Vlade Divac was asked about the possibility of working out a new deal with Cauley-Stein.

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“It’s a tough question,” Divac said. “We would like to keep Willie in terms of his talent potential but he still needs to show us the consistency that we are looking for. We are talking.”

Based on Montgomery's latest comments, Cauley-Stein doesn't want to talk to Divac and the Kings anymore.

Kings' Marvin Bagley cleared for contact, getting closer to return

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Kings' Marvin Bagley cleared for contact, getting closer to return

The Sacramento Kings finally got some good news on the injury front. According to an official press release from the team.

Marvin Bagley has been cleared to resume full-contact basketball activities on Thursday after missing the last 19 games with a broken right thumb.

Bagley stayed back in Sacramento to have his hand re-evaluated, but according to a league source, the 20-year-old power forward is on his way to San Antonio to rejoin the team. While he is medically cleared, that doesn’t mean he will suit up when the Kings face the Spurs on Friday evening.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has continued to work on his game during his absence, but he has yet to go through a full-contact practice with the team and the early word is that he is doubtful to play against San Antonio.

Bagley posted solid numbers in his rookie season, finishing the year averaging 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and a block in 25.3 minutes per game. He missed a combined 20 games last season while dealing with two separate knee injuries.

With Bagley out, Nemanja Bjelica has stepped into the starting lineup and played well for Sacramento. The Serbian forward is averaging 10.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.3 minutes per game alongside starting center Richaun Holmes.

Head coach Luke Walton will have to make some adjustments to fit another big back into the rotation, but Bagley is low post threat and one of the better rebounders on the team. He also has fresh legs after sitting out the last six-plus weeks.

[RELATED: Woman who accused Walton of sexual assault drops lawsuit]

There is no early word on Bogdan Bogdanovic, who missed Sacramento’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday evening due to a right knee contusion, although the Kings’ super-sub was confident he would play and told NBC Sports California that his left hamstring is feeling much better.

Starting point guard De’Aaron Fox stayed back in Sacramento to rehab his injured left. The 21-year-old injured himself at the end of practice on Nov. 11. He has missed the last 11 games for the Kings and will be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks.

Report: Woman who accused Luke Walton of sexual assault drops lawsuit

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Report: Woman who accused Luke Walton of sexual assault drops lawsuit

Kelli Tennant, the woman who accused Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2014, is dropping her lawsuit against the Kings coach, TMZ Sports reported Thursday morning.

Tennant sued Walton after claiming he forced himself on her in a Santa Monica, Calif., hotel when she was a sports reporter. Walton was a Warriors assistant coach at the time.

TMZ reported that Tennant now has filed new court documents calling off the suit, asking a judge to dismiss with prejudice, which means she can't refile.

TMZ reached out to Tennant's attorney for comment but did not receive a response.

Walton, for his part, is ready to move on.

“I remain 100 percent focused on coaching the Kings and will have no further comment," Walton said when asked about the dismissal. 

In August, the Kings and the NBA concluded their joint investigation into Tennant's allegations. The investigation found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Walton. 

The Kings said that Tennant, through her counsel, chose not to participate in the investigation, despite numerous attempts.

"Based on this and the available evidence, the investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against Coach Walton," a statement by the Kings and NBA read.