Sacramento Kings continue to be an utter disaster

July 3, 2015 – 3:22 am by Ryan Phillips
    Vlade Divac

The Sacramento Kings are not having a good last few weeks. What with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins demanding a trade, owner Vivek Ranadive publicly feuding with his head coach and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac making an underwhelming draft pick, things haven’t been swell in Sactown. Now the team’s strategy for free agency has gone completely off the rails as well.

The Kings opened free agency with a plan to bring in some combination of Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews. To free up cap space, they made a hilariously lopsided trade that sent Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Nik Stauskas to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic. Gudaitis was the 47th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft and Mitrovic went 60th. Neither is expected to help the Kings any time soon, and the 76ers got Stauskas, who was the eighth pick in last year’s draft.

After that trade, the Kings went hard after their targets and struck out spectacularly on two of them. On Thursday afternoon Ellis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, and Thursday night, Matthews agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Ouch. Well, at least Rajon Rondo is still available!

Well, cheer up Kings fans, your boys didn’t come away completely empty-handed. On Thursday night Sacramento came to terms with James Anderson – who spent last year playing in Lithuania – on a multi-year deal. Yay?

Now all the Kings have is Rudy Gay, a chronically disgruntled center, an under-performing Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein who is essentially a one-way player. They also dumped a young asset in Stauskas to make room for players who never wound up playing for them.

Lakers enlist Adam Levine’s help in LaMarcus Aldridge pursuit

July 1, 2015 – 4:02 am by Ryan Phillips
    LaMarcus Aldridge

The Los Angeles Lakers met with free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge last night while you were likely sleeping, and by all accounts the meeting went really well. The Lakers went all-in, enlisting Kobe Bryant, James Worthy and a host of other executives to try and convince Aldridge to be the future of the franchise. But they also got help from an unlikely source.

While team president Jeanie Buss was asking fans to retweet the hashtag #LAtoLA, life-long Lakers fan Adam Levine got in on the act. The Maroon 5 singer showed up on the team’s official Twitter feed wearing a Lakers jersey with Aldridge’s name and number.

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Pelicans pay Anthony Davis a pretty penny, and get a deal

July 1, 2015 – 12:57 am by Hickey

anthony davis

New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s estranged would-be heirs recently took the old man to court, trying to prove he has lost his marbles and that the control of the Pelicans and Saints and future fortune was essential weasled away from the doddering fool by his current wife. His daughter and granddaughter lost that court battle, though they plan on appealing.

Tuesday night’s events aren’t going to help their argument that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

New Orleans extended star center Anthony Davis to a five-year, $145 million deal in the first minute of the NBA’s free agency period, which began when the clock struck midnight in the Eastern time zone. The best player to set foot in NOLA since Pete Maravich is now locked up with the team until 2020. (Sorry, Chris Paul — you may be better in commercials, but AD is already better than you ever were on the floor. And you were damn good in New Orleans.)

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A look at possible replacements for Bo Ryan

June 30, 2015 – 2:19 am by Zach Rastall

Bo Ryan announced Monday that the 2015-’16 season will be his last at the helm in Madison, leaving Wisconsin fans and the college basketball world to thank him for all he’s done throughout his coaching career and to reminisce about all the wonderful memories that he’s responsible for.

But as those feelings of sadness, gratitude and nostalgia slowly subside, attention will turn to life after Bo Ryan and, more specifically, who will replace him at Wisconsin. No timetable has been set on how soon athletic director Barry Alvarez will name a replacement, but here’s a look at a handful of potential candidates to become the next head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.
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Bo Ryan Will Leave Lasting Legacy at Wisconsin

June 30, 2015 – 12:27 am by Zach Rastall
    Bo Ryan

Monday afternoon, shock waves were sent throughout the state of Wisconsin and the entire college basketball world when Bo Ryan announced that his tenure in Madison will come to an end after next season.

Of course, this means that the 2015-16 campaign will mark the end of an incredible era at Wisconsin, during which Ryan has guided the Badgers to levels of success that at one time would’ve seemed unfathomable.

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Los Angeles Kings terminate Mike Richards’ contract

June 29, 2015 – 6:16 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Mike Richards

On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced they have terminated the contract of center Mike Richards. The team put Richards on waivers on Sunday and many expected a buyout to be announced on Monday. Instead the Kings have fully terminated the deal, citing a breach of contract on Richards’ part.

The Kings have not announced why Richards was in violation of his deal, but it is believed that an off-ice incident took place over the weekend. The team was attempting to trade the 30-year-old during the NHL draft on Friday and had substantive talks with both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to that end. But Kings general manager Dean Lombardi immediately informed both teams of the off-ice incident and talks ended there.

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Report: Celtics offered four first-round picks to move up in draft

June 26, 2015 – 5:50 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Danny Ainge

Post-draft analysis is fun in any sport, but the NBA draft is usually one of the craziest nights in sports. The stories that come out afterwards are insanely entertaining. Today a big one broke that is pretty mind-boggling.

A report claims that the Boston Celtics offered four first-round picks (and up to six total picks) to the Charlotte Hornets in an attempt to move up to the No. 9 spot in Thursday night’s draft. Those four (!!!!!) first-round picks would have only moved Boston up seven slots, but it would have put them in position to add Justise Winslow, who was still on the board at No. 9. The Hornets turned the trade down and selected Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky with the pick. Winslow quickly went off the board at No. 10 to the Miami Heat.

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2015 NBA Draft: The Lakers just got a whole lot better

June 26, 2015 – 1:29 am by Ryan Phillips
    D'Angelo Russell

The last two seasons have been miserable for the Los Angeles Lakers. Between Kobe Bryant’s injuries, Mike D’Antoni and Byron Scott’s coaching and a combined 48 wins, things have been bleak. But the Lakers took a big step forward during the 2015 NBA Draft.

After snagging forward Julius Randle at No. 7 and Jordan Clarkson at No. 46 during the 2014 draft, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak added to his talent base in a big way Thursday night. At No. 2 Kupchak selected Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell, who looks like a star in the making. Russell could be the guy who inherits the franchise from Kobe Bryant and takes it into the future. He can do it all on the court and fits the mold of the new NBA point guard who can fill up the stat sheet.

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