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Will Sacramento make a move?


Will Sacramento make a move?

At least next season the lowly Kings will be playing in Sacramento. It could be their last year in the California state capitol because ownership is shopping the franchise around to any city that is willing to build them a stadium becauseSacramento isn't willing to. Wherever the Kings land, that city will inherit a team that has struggled mightily, missing the playoffs for six straight seasons.
Sacramento has a few notable players like forward DeMarcus Cousins and guard Tyreke Evans, but the bigsplashfor the team was drafting Kansas forward Thomas Robinson who slipped to them with the fifth overall pick in this summer's draft.
The 6'-10" Robinson jumped on to the national scene at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to the national title game and averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds a game in his junior season. Robinson was one of the most improved players in college basketball as he almost tripled his scoring and doubled his rebounding from his sophomore to junior season. With a tireless work ethic, the Kings hope Robinson can continue to improve and jump in right away and be the team's starting power forward.
The extremely talented but immature DeMarcus Cousins can move over to center for the Kings with the addition of Robinson. The 6'-11 Cousins averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds for the 22-44 Kings last season. If the 22-year old Cousins can stay focused, he could be an all-star caliber player.
Sacramento re-signed center Jason Thompson to a hefty five-year, 34-million deal. Thompson started 47 games for the Kings last season and averaged 9 points and 7 rebounds and he will likely back up Cousins in the middle.
The Kings also added free-agent point guard Aaron Brooks, signing him to a two-year, 6.6-million deal. Brooks played in China last season but two years ago he averaged 19 points and 5 assists a game for the Rockets. The ultra-quick Brooks could back up starter Tyreke Evans, or coach Keith Smart could start Brooks at point and slide the 6'-6" Evans to shooting guard or even smallforward. The Kings have options with Brooks in the fold.
Sacramento acquired small forward James Johnson from Toronto. The former first-round pick started 40 games for the Raptors and averaged 9 points.
Back for his second season is last year's first-round pick Jimmer Fredette who had a tough rookie season, putting up only 7 points a game. Fredette will have to have more of an impact shooting the ball if the Kings wantto accelerate the rebuild project.
Sacramento may be on the move geographically, but it'sunlikelythey will move up in the standings in a stacked western conference this season.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have the urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

Listen to our full interview with Jeff Green on the Wizards Tipoff Podcast: