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The Sacramento Kings have officially re-signed Chuck Hayes after voiding his original contract after failing his physical with a heart condition. While Chuck's wellbeing was obviously at the forefront of everyone's mind, the subtraction of the physical forward from Sacramento's roster would hurt greatly. Fortunately for both parties involved, Hayes is now cleared to play and re-signed with the Kings for four years and $22.3 million dollars.
That's a million dollars more than Hayes originally signed for, but the organization decided it was worth it to give a little extra cash to compensate the 6'6 forward for his troubles. Can't be too argumentative with that.
In his brief time with the Kings, everyone around the franchise had nothing but great things to say of Hayes and his work ethic. Known to be a physical, aggressive player in the paint, Sacramento will really benefit from having a hard-nosed player to compliment DeMarcus Cousins in the starting lineup. The move also solidifies the front court, with Jason Thompson and J.J. Hickson in the mix, as well.
Welcome (back) to Sacramento, Chuck.
It was looking like Chuck Hayes wasn't going to be part of the future plans for the Sacramento Kings after he seemed to be diagnosed with a heart condition that might have threatened his playing career. Turns out it was all a false alarm and Hayes is going to be alright!
And Sacramento seems really interested in keeping him around. Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted the following.
Hayes has not formally announced intention to rejoin Kings but one source says SAC expected to increase previous offer slightly to clinch it.
With Samuel Dalembert on his way to Houston, the signing of Hayes became all the more imperative. Because the Kings no longer have a big man defensive presence, Hayes will be a critical fill-in to keep the team stable inside the post, as his footwork and post presence is always formidable for other teams to combat. The Kings will probably commit more money to ensure that Hayes is comfortable with sticking around for a team that misdiagnosed his health situation.
But I'm sure everyone is just happy to see the Fresno product healthy again.
To discuss Hayes and the Kings, head to Sactown Royalty.
Just days after the Sacramento Kings voided their contract with free agent big man Chuck Hayes due to a failed physical, the acclaimed Cleveland Clinic has cleared him of any heart problems, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
Hayes was found by Kings doctors to have a heart condition, but after spending most of Wednesday with "a full day of exhaustive testing and exams" by Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, he was completely absolved from of heart conditions and can return to basketball immediately.
In a statement released by Hayes' agent Calvin Andrews Thursday morning, doctors told Hayes that "he does not have a heart problem" and that "their recommendation is that he can continue to play basketball without any concerns." Hayes was understandably excited about the news:
"I am happy to say I have a healthy heart and have been cleared to play immediately," Hayes said. "I look forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible."
According to a person close to Hayes, his preference is to play with Sacramento, and now without Samuel Dalembert, Hayes would be a better fit with the Kings now than he was before.
Hayes, 28, scored and average of 7.9 points and grabbed 8.1 rebounds in 74 games with the Houston Rockets last season.
For more on the Kings, head over to Sactown Royalty.
The Sacramento Kings and Samuel Dalembert looked like they were ready for another season together. The Kings would hang onto Dalembert for his ability to anchor the defense in the middle, and his ability to block shots and grab rebounds. Sacramento was a better team last season because of Dalembert, and it made sense to bring him back.
However, the deal has fallen apart. The Kings withdrew their offer and Dalembert has ended up elsewhere.
Dalembert definitely helps out a Houston Rockets squad that is thin on the inside and will give them some rebounding and defensive presence to complement the rest of their lineup. Offensive hiccups aside, it's a solid pick-up for Houston.
Whether the Kings withdrew their off to Dalembert before or after they learned of the Rockets signing is unclear. The message did seem unusually curt, making you think that the Kings were unpleased and caught off-guard by the news. Sacramento will now have some serious defensive question marks going into the offseason.
The Sacramento Kings wrapped up their short preseason by splitting their two game series with the Golden State Warriors. Marcus Thornton hit a clutch three with under a minute left to put Sacramento up, and that ended up making the difference. Thornton finished with 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the Kings to victory.
DeMarcus Cousins made his season debut; despite having 10 rebounds and two blocks, he turned the ball over nine times and made only two of his nine shots, plus two of his seven free throws. J.J. Hickson was actually the better big, scoring 19 points and hauling in nine boards. Tyreke Evans was also inconsistent, posting seven assists but also seven turnovers to go along with his 15 points. Jimmer Fredette was decent with 13 points of his own.
David Lee led the Warriors with 30 points and 13 rebounds, while Monta Ellis put in 19 points and six assists. Stephen Curry went down early with an ankle injury, which has been originally diagnosed as a right sprain. Klay Thompson had to take most of Curry's minutes, and he struggled mightily, shooting two of 15 from the field.
It has been a tumultuous last few days for the Sacramento Kings after learning of recently-signed Chuck Hayes' heart condition that led to a voided contract, but the team may be on the verge of re-signing Samuel Dalembert. Once believed to have moved on from the defensive specialist with the signing of Hayes, recent events have led to the Kings working closer to a deal with Dalembert. Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports has the update:
"If things work out, everything structurally (with the contact), it will be Sacramento," Dalembert said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida from his Boca Raton, Fla., home. "It's close."
"There are no hard feelings (after not originally being wanted by Sacramento)," said Dalembert. "I think we can do something exciting. Last season, it seemed we were getting the excitement back in the city."
Dalembert has reportedly been working towards a one or two-year deal, which would work out financially for the Kings as well. Should the veteran center join Sacramento, he would be the fourth piece of a solid front court including DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and J.J. Hickson. The Kings struggled defending the paint last season and the re-signing of Dalembert should help greatly.
For more on the Kings, head on over to Sactown Royalty.
After being the poster child of college basketball in his senior year, Sacramento Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette could have came into the league feeling he had nothing to prove. He featured an incredible stat line from BYU, was the team's go-to guy for all 40 minutes and seldom was required to defend on a regular basis. Fortunately for head coach Paul Westphal, Jimmer has done the exact opposite and is working at a very high level every day in practice.
Fredette's hard work has earned the praise of his teammates, most notably DeMarcus Cousins. The second-year big man had nothing but good things to say about Jimmer in this latest update from Sam Amick of SI.com.
"I love Jimmer, man," Cousins said. "Jimmer's a cool dude. He's a real good rookie. I just love the fact that he's always trying to get it right and he's always learning. He's very humble. And him being the big star that he was you kind of expect him to come in and have swag and have his chest out, but he's the complete opposite. I've enjoyed him from the beginning."
It's never easy incorporating a rookie into a system -- especially a rookie as unique and talented as Jimmer -- but it sounds like all of his King teammates have already embraced him in Sacramento. And while it takes two to tango, Fredette has reportedly done a nice job distributing the ball on the court and is learning to buy into the team concept that he did not always have to follow in college.
The Kings are one of the most exciting young teams in the league. If the group of guys are able to gel and dig in defensively, they have a chance to fight for a playoff birth in the Western Conference. Just a few weeks into his career, Jimmer Fredette is already doing his part to making this goal a reality.
For more on the Kings, head on over to Sactown Royalty.
The Sacramento Kings have received a tough blow to their up-and-coming young team as, according to Matt Steinmetz, forward Chuck Hayes has failed his physical and thus his recently signed contract is void.
Steinmetz went on to quote Kings GM Geoff Petrie in multiple tweets saying:
"This morning, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life, Chuck Hayes was notified that he failed his physical exam with the Sacramento Kings. Subsequent to that, the contract signed on December 9th has been voided. At Chuck's request, we will have no further comment at this time."
Hayes would have been part of a frontcourt rotation that includes DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompson and Hassan Whiteside. Hayes is the best defender of the bunch and his calm, professional demeanor is a balance to the enigmatic Cousins. This opens the door for more playing time for Hickson.
For more on the Kings, head to Sactown Royalty.
Jimmer Fredette had a really impressive debut, managing to find his shot and hit on a number of occasions. While the Warriors hardly constitute a great perimeter defense, Fredette managing to go four of six from downtown and hitting seven of 11 overall is probably as good as you can get. There's a lot of tinkering he'll need to do, but all signs are encouraging that he can drive, facilitate, and do things on offense other than just shoot (four assists).
The night belonged to the guards of both teams. Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton had 17 and 21 each, while fellow Kings rookie Isaiah Thomas added 13 off the bench. Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis were still the best backcourt of the night though, combining to put up 40 points and dish out 14 assists.
The Kings were playing with deprived big man depth. With DeMarcus Cousins out with a foot injury and Chuck Hayes dealing with a very mysterious condition, Sacramento was left with Jason Thompson (1 for 2 shooting), J.J. Hickson (1 for 7 shooting) and Hassan Whiteside (1 for 3 shooting) trying to put points up inside, while Golden State outrebounded Sacramento by 15 and got solid production inside from David Lee (16 points, eight rebounds), Dominic McGuire (five points, eight rebounds) and Ekpe Udoh (10 points, four rebounds).
Sacramento and Golden State play one more preseason contest next Tuesday in Power Balance Pavilion.
Jamal Crawford ended up picking the Portland Trail Blazers over the Sacramento Kings earlier today. It was to be expected. It probably came down to money. When Portland amnestied the contract of the now-retired Brandon Roy, they freed up enough space to sign Crawford to the mid-level exception, thus making the deal with Portland the most attractive of them all.
From a basketball standpoint though, Sacramento probably also made less sense than Portland. With Crawford in Sacramento, you have too many players who want the basketball in their hands who want to let shots go up. Tyreke Evans is a shoot-first guard who loves to dribble the ball a lot. Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton, and John Salmons will also want all their shots. As much as the Kings would probably have liked to bring in another veteran to prove they're trying their best to turn things around, Portland would be the better place for Crawford to thrive.
Neither team is expected to be a title contender next year, but Crawford can probably provide better value to Portland over the span of his two year deal than he could in what might've been a depth chart mess in Sacramento.
One of the big free agents left on the market has had three potential suitors for his services. But Jamal Crawford has taken one team out of the mix, leaving only two teams left for him to choose from. And both the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers should consider themselves viable contenders.
In the end, Crawford was never going to work out with the New York Knicks, as Frank Isola reported that Crawford was no longer considering them. The Knicks might not have a consensus starting shooting guard and Crawford would have a chance to play, but they don't offer as much cap flexibility with so much money locked into Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. New York would probably have wanted him to come there for less money, something I doubt the veteran Crawford would have wanted to accept.
So now it's the Blazers or the Kings. Sacramento is a bit more crowded and would probably present a lot of issues for sharing the basketball with other willing shooters. With Brandon Roy now retired, the Blazers would make a lot of sense as Crawford could become one of the primary scorers.
And in addition to that, his mom wants Portland. And mama always knows best!
Jamal Crawford is one of the most highly coveted free agents of the offseason. Crawford is a proven shooter who can stretch the floor and give you versatility at the guard/forward spots, and has helped prop the Atlanta Hawks up to three straight second round appearances (they lost all three, but still). Crawford is looking for a big deal, and apparently two years, $10 million with the Indiana Pacers isn't enough.
Somehow, the Sacramento Kings have entered the discussion. Sam Amick has more.
This doesn't seem like a great fit at first. The Kings have a lot of shooters on their team right now with Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Tyreke Evans and Jimmer Fredette. If Crawford decided to sign on ... well, it's pretty much looking like he moves from the Atlanta Hawks of the East to the Atlanta Hawks of the West.
However, the Kings want to show improvement this season with decent talent to show they're moving in the right direction for Sacramento fans. While Crawford might not be the best fit for this team, based on the current market of players available, he might be the best fit for a situation that demands some improvement, if not drastic improvement.
Coach Paul Westphal said that the team may have 15 players already but that doesn't mean the front office isn't staying busy:
"I know that (basketball president) Geoff (Petrie) is going to be opportunistic, and we're always looking for chances to improve the team if it's there," Westphal said. "On the other hand, we don't have to do anything, either, and we're in good shape."
Kirilenko, 30, is a free agent currently playing in Russia. He spent the past 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz, making an All-Star team in 2004 and was well known for his versatility and defense. And with the Kings now without Samuel Dalembert, adding a big man would certainly some sense.
For more on the Kings head over to Sactown Royalty.
The Sacramento Kings had a lot of money to work with in the offseason and spent a good chunk of it on Friday afternoon as the team officially signed Chuck Hayes and re-signed Marcus Thornton. Each player is signed for four years, with Hayes set to earn just over $21 million dollars and Thornton set to earn somewhere around $32 million.
The two fill an immediate need for Sacramento: Hayes, 28, will serve as the fourth front court member along with DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and J.J. Hickson, while Thornton, 23, will likely be the starting two-guard alongside Tyreke Evans. The Kings struggled shooting the ball and defending the paint last season, and they addressed both of those needs for a reasonable amount of money with the signings.
With Sacramento signing Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas to their rookie contracts on Friday, the roster is starting to come together. The team still has somewhere around $10-12 million dollars to spend in the coming weeks, and a move could be coming soon, according to Grant Napear. Stay tuned for that.
For more on the Kings, head on over to Sactown Royalty.
Jimmer Fredette has created quite the buzz in the basketball world during the last 24 months or so. Once a skinny, nonathletic shooter who was relatively unknown at BYU, Fredette propelled himself to a lottery draft pick and an excellent opportunity to succeed with the Sacramento Kings. Now an eager rookie ready to begin his NBA career, Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas all signed their rookie contracts as training camp began on Friday.
From the official release:
"The Sacramento Kings today signed rookies Jimmer Fredette (guard), Tyler Honeycutt (forward) and Isaiah Thomas (guard) to contracts, according to Kings' President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Fredette was selected 10th overall in the first round (traded from Milwaukee) of the 2011 NBA Draft out of BYU. Honeycutt (35th overall) and Thomas (60th overall) were second round selections by the Kings out of UCLA and Washington, respectively."
Jimmer also tweeted his fans and followers:
Signed the deal today so I'm finally an NBA basketball player now! Excited to be apart of the kings organization!
Welcome to Sacramento, Jimmer. We can't wait to see you drill some 27-foot 3's for years to come.
For more on the Kings, head on over to Sactown Royalty.
Thornton will become the second highest player on their roster behind veteran John Salmons as the majority of their stars such as DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans are still on their rookie contracts. Thornton, the second year player out of LSU, averaged 12.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for New Orleans and Sacramento last season, seeing a large boost in his minutes as well, going from 16 minutes a game in New Orleans to 38 minutes a game in Sacramento.
The price tage may seem a little high, but Kings fans seem to be excited about it, as Thornton was a spark plug for Sacramento down the stretch last season and hopefully will be again this season.
For more on the Kings, head over to Sactown Royalty to get in on the action.
As the Sacramento Kings look for some talent during this shortened offseason, free agent center Chuck Hayes has reportedly been offered a 4-year, $20 million deal from the Kings, according to ESPN's Marc Stein on Twitter.
Hayes, 28, is known as one of the better post defenders in the league dispute being one of the shortest at the center position (only 6'6") and could help out a lot around the rim. He's also a very team-oriented guy and could be a strong voice in the locker room full of youngsters. The Kings have only two players older than 25; Francisco Garcia (30) and John Salmons (31).
Hayes averaged 7.0 points per game along with 8.1 rebounds and 0.7 Blocks, averaging 28.1 minutes per game as well.
For more on the Kings, head over to Sactown Royalty.
The Sacramento Kings have to be happy with how this season will start and end: Home dates with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings will start their season on December 26th and finish it on April 26th, and the purple and gold will be involved in both of these contests, both being played in Sacramento.
Sacramento has only one of those fierce back-to-back-to-backs, on January 3rd-5th when they play Memphis, Denver and Milwaukee. They'll start fairly nice with seven of their first ten games at home, but then have a brutal stretch where they play 23 of their next 31 on the road, with a five, a six, and two three game road trips scattered throughout the schedule. They then do have a nice nine game homestand and play a fairly balanced schedule the rest of the way.
Here is the full schedule for the Kings. All times are Pacific.
|December||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV||Radio|
|Sat 17||@ Golden State Preseason||7:30pm|
|Tue 20||vs Golden State Preseason||7:00pm|
|Mon 26||vs LA Lakers||7:00pm|
|Tue 27||@ Portland||7:00pm|
|Thu 29||vs Chicago||7:00pm|
|Sat 31||vs New York||5:00pm|
|January||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV||Radio|
|Sun 01||vs New Orleans||6:00pm|
|Tue 03||@ Memphis||5:00pm|
|Wed 04||@ Denver||6:00pm|
|Thu 05||vs Milwaukee||7:00pm|
|Sun 08||vs Orlando||3:00pm|
|Tue 10||@ Philadelphia||4:00pm|
|Wed 11||@ Toronto||4:00pm|
|Fri 13||@ Houston||5:00pm|
|Sat 14||@ Dallas||6:00pm|
|Mon 16||@ Minnesota||5:00pm|
|Wed 18||vs Indiana||7:00pm|
|Fri 20||@ San Antonio||5:30pm|
|Sat 21||@ Memphis||5:00pm|
|Mon 23||@ Portland||7:00pm|
|Wed 25||vs Denver||7:00pm|
|Sat 28||@ Utah||6:00pm|
|Tue 31||@ Golden State||7:30pm|
|February||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV||Radio|
|Thu 02||vs Portland||7:00pm|
|Sat 04||vs Golden State||7:00pm|
|Mon 06||@ New Orleans||5:00pm|
|Tue 07||@ Minnesota||5:00pm|
|Thu 09||vs Oklahoma City||7:30pm|
|Sat 11||vs Phoenix||7:00pm|
|Tue 14||@ Chicago||5:00pm|
|Wed 15||@ New York||4:30pm|
|Fri 17||@ Detroit||4:30pm|
|Sun 19||@ Cleveland||3:00pm|
|Tue 21||@ Miami||4:30pm|
|Wed 22||@ Washington||4:00pm|
|Tue 28||vs Utah||7:00pm|
|March||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV||Radio|
|Thu 01||vs LA Clippers||7:00pm|
|Fri 02||@ LA Lakers||7:30pm|
|Sun 04||@ Phoenix||5:00pm|
|Mon 05||@ Denver||6:00pm|
|Wed 07||vs New Orleans||7:00pm|
|Fri 09||vs Dallas||7:00pm|
|Sun 11||vs Atlanta||6:00pm|
|Tue 13||vs Golden State||7:00pm|
|Wed 14||vs Detroit||7:00pm|
|Fri 16||vs Boston||7:00pm|
|Sun 18||vs Minnesota||3:00pm|
|Tue 20||vs Memphis||7:00pm|
|Thu 22||vs Utah||7:00pm|
|Sat 24||@ Golden State||7:30pm|
|Mon 26||@ Houston||5:00pm|
|Wed 28||vs San Antonio||7:00pm|
|Fri 30||@ Utah||6:00pm|
|Sat 31||vs New Jersey||7:00pm|
|April||Opponent||Time||Local TV||Nat TV||Radio|
|Mon 02||vs Minnesota||7:00pm|
|Tue 03||vs Phoenix||7:00pm|
|Thu 05||vs LA Clippers||7:00pm|
|Sat 07||@ LA Clippers||7:30pm|
|Sun 08||vs Houston||6:00pm|
|Tue 10||@ Dallas||5:30pm|
|Wed 11||@ New Orleans||5:00pm|
|Fri 13||@ Oklahoma City||5:00pm|
|Sun 15||vs Portland||3:00pm|
|Wed 18||vs San Antonio||7:00pm|
|Fri 20||vs Oklahoma City||7:00pm|
|Sun 22||@ Charlotte||3:00pm|
|Tue 24||@ Oklahoma City||5:00pm|
|Thu 26||vs LA Lakers||7:30pm|
To discuss the game with Kings fans, head on over to Sactown Royalty.
Now that the NBA regular season is officially scheduled to kick off Christmas Day, the Warriors will have only two preseason games to work out the kinks before their meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec 25.
The Warriors will have a home-and-home two-game series with the Sacramento Kings starting on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and then travel to the Kings' Power Balance Pavilion is Sacramento on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. for the second installment of the preseason,
Tickets are expected to go on sale soon. For more information, visit www.warriors.com.
Here's the official Christmas Day schedule:
For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.
David West has been targeted as one of the primary free agents from this class, but there are major concerns about whether he's fully healthy to contribute to an NBA team at an All-Star level. Those concerns will probably keep Sacramento from trying to sign him.
West would've been a nice fit with the Kings; as a natural four, he'd have let DeMarcus Cousins slide into his primary position at the five and put everyone in clearer roles. Cousins and Dalembert have been on the floor a lot at the same time, and their big man combo has always been a bit disjointed. West and Cousins would prove to be a more versatile couple, but clearly the injury concerns were too big to ignore. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports.
For more on the Kings, go to Sactown Royalty.
The Sacramento Kings are only a few months removed from nearly moving to Anaheim, but they have had a reprieve as the city of Sacramento works to help resolve their arena situation. In the meantime, the Kings enter the soon to be truncated 2011 NBA offseason looking to fill some holes in free agency and figure out what is going to happen with center Samuel Dalembert.
The Kings have five free agents this offseason with one of them restricted and four unrestricted:
Restricted: Marcus Thornton
Under restricted free agency, offer sheets signed by these players can be matched by the incumbent team. Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with whatever team has the salary cap space or exception to do so.
The Kings are expected to do what it takes to lock up Thornton, and his restricted status makes that significantly easier. Dalembert on the other head is reportedly interested in taking his talents to South Beach. He was a solid rebounder for the Kings, but the team has solid young talent in the front court and probably will not get into any bidding for Dalembert. The team will look for contributions across the board, but DeMarcus Cousins will be relied on heavily in the paint.
How will the Sacramento Kings handle the rest of their offseason? They might be losing Samuel Dalembert to a contender like the Miami Heat.