- MIX Downtown (corner of 16th and L Streets).
- Dave and Buster’s: Roseville (1174 Roseville Parkway).
- Pins n’ Strikes: Elk Grove (3443 Laguna Blvd).
- Buffalo Wild Wings: Folsom (2759 E. Bidwell St.).
- Oshima Sushi Fugu Lounge: Natomas (2071 Natomas Crossing Drive).
Find out more about these parties HERE from the press release. You will be able to mingle with Kings players Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson and Hassan Whiteside, Kings Dance Team members, Breakers and Slamson
SIMMONS: ”’…Moving on to Sacramento’s no. 5 pick, we might make some history here, Chad. Even though it would be foolish to overpay in a trade for someone like Andre Drummond (who has all the textbook Thabeet/Kwame/Darko red flags), but you know someone might … only Geoff Petrie is the one trading the pick, which means we might be headed for a double rainbow of dumbness. After all, Petrie was the guy who dumped a mildly annoying contract (Beno Udrih) for a mildly disastrous contract (John Salmons) so he could move back three spots and make the worst lottery pick of the 2011 draft (Jimmer Fredette). He’s capable of anything. That makes me wonder if we could see a trade like this: Detroit deals Tayshaun Prince (expires 2015) and the no. 9 pick to Sacramento for the no. 5 pick and Salmons’s contract (expires 2015). Sacramento stays in the top nine and adds an unselfish veteran swingman who won’t really help them because it’s not like they can compete for a title; Detroit sneaks into the top five and rolls the dice with a Drummond/Monroe tandem that will eventually fail. Everyone loses!
FORD: Agree that Petrie is doing the GM equivalent of impaired driving with this pick. Kings fans are watching, horrified, as he weaves back and forth across the road. The question isn’t whether he collides into the telephone pole … it’s when. And no, Joe Dumars already drafted Darko. He’s not going to move up to do it again. At no. 9? Maybe, but Drummond is much safer at 9 than at 5.
SIMMONS: You’re right, this is crazy … let’s just do something sane. With the fifth pick for Sacramento, I’m taking Thomas Robinson … a.k.a. the rich man’s Carl Landry. Stick him with DeMarcus Cousins and, at the very least, you’ll be pounding the boards and making opponents miserable every game. But if the Kings can get an offer like “Parsons and the 14th/18th picks” or “Rudy Gay straight up” or even “Andre Iguodala straight up” for this spot, they should grab it. You know, unless MKG is sitting there.
Oh, god. They’re going to screw this up, aren’t they?
ok I’m thru laughing. Because I read the last sentence.
I’m taking my head out of the NBA Draft Day rumormill. It is getting viscious
And Simmons & Ford agree in their dual mock drafts. Robinson goes to Sacramento. Great choice but I don’t think Robinson drops past the #2 hole. He has been sitting there in nearly every draft I have seen or heard about.
Of course, maybe it’s all misinformation and MKG goes to Charlotte meaning that Robinson survives for the #5 pick. Could be why Sacramento has turned down all of these crazy fantasy trades and lives to take their pick (???)
Donte’ Greene says good bye to Sacramento, the fans and all of his friends. For the comedy alone, plus some games that were strangely very very good, I will miss Donte’ and some city will be glad to have him and probably at a good price.
This is such a strange sports league.
Plus the 5 Hottest rumors out there ZZZZZzzzzzzz…..
Kings could fill the need at SF But if they do fill that need what do they do with Tyreke Evans?? Plus him in at SG where he should have been since Day 1 after he was drafted? Or trade him? Cause they do keep trying don’t they?
Aare they predicting MKG cuz otherwise I am tired of this crap.
and another last minute Mock-Draft, this one from Sacramento. Who do you think the Kings get?? Anthony Davis? oh WTF???
.. But this kid should have gone second in this draft and could surprise everyone and turrn out to be ROY, you just never know. Simmons and Ford above were right on in their mock dual-draft.
17+ points and 11+ rebounds, leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA Championship game. And the Kings get him filling a big big hold next to Cousins. This could make the frontline of the team the best your frontcourt in the league.
Who will want to rebound against Cousins and the new kid Robinson?? I would have been happy with MKG but Charlotte took him instead of Robinson and look who the hell Sacramento got?? Excellent!!
It seems like a steal to me. And hear that sound? Kings fans are finally celebrating.
The Kings traded their 2nd Round pick to the Indianapolis Pacers in order to fi,l a much needed hole.
The Kings traded their pick for…..Cash! Cash? These great business men of the Maloof family turned down an Arena the city was going to build for them ….. need cash? I think they got $3
“SB Nation’s Tom Ziller has sorted through all the facts, and has ultimately decided that Robinson was a great pick up for Sacramento, but giving their second-round pick away was far from being smart. Overall, he gave them a B as part of his NBA Draft grades. Here is some of his commentary:
Second-round picks don’t require guaranteed contracts and don’t carry cap holds. It’s ridiculous for a bad, cheap team to sell the No. 36 pick when plenty of promising prospects were available. The Kings should know better, having picked up Isaiah Thomas (an All-Rookie team honoree) at No. 60 last year. For a team that needs everything to go right to compete, you can’t start cutting off your own limbs for firewood.
SB Nation is right on
But getting Robinson really is a bit like Christmas in June.
” I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen Geoff Petrie this happy. When he approached the gathering of media types in the practice facility late Thursday night, he was almost giddy. As coach Keith Smartnoted, Robinson was the “clear cut” choice within the organization if he was available. And, of course, no one thought he would be available
This is all started because Charlotte Bobcats owner/boss Michael Jordan decided to take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist instead of grabbing Robinson or moving the pick. MJ, of course, has never lacked guts. He drafted Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison- tough even for the game’s greatest player to live down – but that didn’t stop him from following his instincts again on Thursday.”
But doesn’t it just make sense for the old Jordan to draft the new Pippen? Thank you MJ.
It’s like the one article in the Bee started today…”Thomas Robinson at #5? You gotta be kidding me!”
Read more from Amick and SI here but oh my god if they had picked Waiters in the Top 5 when MKG was on the board which is what Amicj is suggesting the Kings would have done.Waiters in the 2nd five is a good pick, but in the Top 5?? No. No, no, no, no, no, no……nbadraft dot net give their grade and analysis:
|Picks: No. 5 Thomas Robinson||The Kings were at the bottom of the NBA in so many categories last season. They were a bad defensive team who did not share or shoot the ball well offensively. Robinson is not going to be able to help alleviate all their problems, but he should help them improve upon the 29th ranked defensive rebounding percentage (70.5%) and gives them a boost at the power forward position going forward. One also has to hope that his focused, aggressive style of play rubs off on some of his teammates.|
So everyone seems to think the Kings did well and grades all seem to be B or A.
Meet Thomas Robinson the Kings first round Draft pick and a 2011/2012 First Team All-American
Where: Arden Fair plaza area in front of Nordstoms
When: Today, June 30th at 3pm
The Draft is over and the team and fans are about as happy as they could be given the spot the Kings drafted in. Now the Free Agency period begins at Midnight Eastern time (9pm Sacramento time) tonight and players can be signed July 11th
The Kings first focus will be Jason Thompson, a restricted Free Agent whom the Kings want to resign.
Beyone that the team chose not to nake an offer to Donte’ Green freeing up his salary of $2 million and will decide if they want to conpete for their own unrestricted Free Agents:
Williams played well in the 18 games he spent in Sacramento after he was signed last season.
I have not been impressed by Garcia for 3 or 4 years at least and would have traded him if given any chance at all. Somehow he has become the veteran with the longest time in Sacramento and it’s time to end that relationship. He is a good cheerleader on the bench but his jump shot is suspect and his paycheck is too large to retain him unless he wants to take a very significant pay cut.
The team is $15 million under the Salary Cap, but in piblic don’t seem willing to spend money on players like Guard Andre’ Miller. They arre interested in Nicolas Batum from Portland but Batum is a restricted Free Agent and Portland has said they will do everything to keep him. Batum could fill the hole at SF immediately. I miss Gerald Wallace, but don’t see the team paying his salary of $9 million.
Everyone knows what the Kings need: Defense, a quality SF, help at PG (although views on what kind of help are wide and varied), a player with a quality jump shot, a leader, and a shotblocker unless Hassan Whiteside is healthy and ready.
Robinson fills a need at PF and was the “best available” player, but he does not “fix” the Kings.
So let Free Agency begin and hope that the Kings can pick up someone decent and makes good decisions about their own guys, JT and Cisco. Then with a decent trade the Kings will be improved over last season. I hope.
So who are the 2012 NBA Free Agents?
From Hoops World here is the list of every free agent in the league. They list restricted and unrestricted players, explain the requirements for both types of free agents and all of the options. It ain’t easy folks. Check out the list HERE.
Logts of Free Agent rumors HERE Including Dwight Howard wants Orlando to trade him to the (now Brooklyn) Nets. (??) Gerald Wallace may be going to the Nets too. Deron Williams may be heading that way too and suddenly the Nets would open their Brooklyn life with a competitive team.
And the Clippers offered big extensions to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
Hoops Hype is always a great spot for NBA rumors, draft, trade or free agency.
We have Petrie’s update on Free Agency for 2012.
Petrie’s first action as the Free Agency period opened on June 30th was to reach out to Jason Thompson’s agent.
“Our first phone call was to Leon about Jason,” Petrie said. “We talked …and put a proposal in front of him and we’ve made a number of calls on different players. And today we had lunch with Ryan Anderson. We’re continuing to monitor things. Restricted free agency on both sides is a little bit different.”
Anderson and Thompson are both Restricted Free Agents. Anderson grew up in the Sacramento area and led Oak Ridge High School to the CIF State title as a Junior.
Maybe the Kings actually have their eyes on another Orlando player given the fact that Anderson is a restricted FA …..so, maybe Dwight Howard? Since he is asking hard and often to be traded. Plus the fat that Orlando has said they are willing to trade him.
And it seems that Howard’s latest trading spot (Brooklyn Nets) has all but closed up after a very big trade where they gave away five of their players. I’m not sure they have anyone to trade anymore. Maybe a multi-team trade with Sacramento in the mix for someone if not Howard? I would love to have Howard but we really have no place for him to play without trading a handful of players and gutting the team given that the Kings do not have many players Orlando may want.
OK, enouggh on that……
So far the Kings are playing a waiting game with Terrance Williams, a full Free Agent G/F who provided spark in 18 games last season.
“One King who should lobby for Williams’ return is Jimmer Fredette. No one was better at setting up Fredette than Williams.”
They have an explosive young backcourt, consisting of Mr. Irrelevant Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton. 2010 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is a good scorer for them from the perimeter, and young post-players Thomas Robinson and DeMarcus Cousins round out the starting lineup.
The team has a lot of potential, and each player is 25 years old or younger. With age, though, comes inexperience, and Thornton is the only starting King not on his rookie contract; all five have no more than four years of NBA experience.
Here are four things that the Kings need to do if they want to make the playoffs next season.
- bring Tyreke Evans in off the bench
- integrate Thomas Robinson quickly
- establish a go-to scorer in the clutch
- improve defensively
Experience: 1 Year
Kawhi Leonard broke out as one of the most promising young players in the NBA, pairing fearless and efficient perimeter defense with rapidly improving shooting skills. In 2013, Leonard will continue to build on that success, establishing himself as a future face of the Spurs’ franchise.
Leonard will crash the boards, defend an opponent’s best player and shoot in the clutch. He will also put up efficient numbers on his way to becoming one of the game’s fastest-rising players.
Projected Season Averages
10.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.5 SPG, 43.1% 3PT
Anybody want a re-do??
The same guys offer these words about Thomas Robinson:
Position: Power Forward
Thomas Robinson is going to have a stellar rookie season. He’ll contribute in every facet of the game, effectively forming one of the best young frontcourts in the NBA. He’ll offer tough interior defense and a great motor to a Kings team in dire need of such additions, as well as a respected offensive attack.
Thomas Robinson will be in the discussion for Rookie of the Year. Until then, he’s a member of this honorable list.
Projected Season Averages
11.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.0 BPG, 0.8 SPG
It didn’t happen tonight though as Robinson said “I wanted to do so good and I did just the opposite.” In a game that featured Robinson and the player many expected to be the Kings pick, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG wowed the crowd with his Scottie Pippen imitation and it wasn’t like the Kings made a mistake and failed to draft him, Charlotte surprised everyone picking NMKG with the 2nd selection leaving Robinson for the Kings.
“(Robinson) brings energy and toughness,” said Bobby Jackson, who is coaching the Kings squad, “and he plays hard all the time. Allthe time. But his passing has probably impressed me more than anything. He can take the ball off the rim and dribble the length of the court like a point guard.”
- 2012 NBA Draft (voodoodr06.wordpress.com)
- Report: Houston Rockets trying to trade for Top 10 pick in NBA Draft (tracking.si.com)
- 2012 NBA Draft: Latest Mock Draft Projects Harrison Barnes To Kings (bayarea.sbnation.com)
- Questions Linger Around NBA Draft (aol.sportingnews.com)
- NBA Rumors: Kings Would Be Smart to Deal No. 5 Pick for Kyle Lowry (bleacherreport.com)
- NBA Draft Rumors: Sacramento Kings a Lock to Move No. 5 Pick (bleacherreport.com)
- 2012 NBA Draft Grades: Sacramento Kings Earn ‘A’ For Thomas Robinson Selection From Chad Ford (kansascity.sbnation.com)
- 2012 NBA Draft Grades: ESPN’s Chad Ford Gave Rockets A C (houston.sbnation.com)