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September 4, 2010
Garcia, Kings already thinking big

I caught up with Kings swingman Francisco Garcia this week for a story that will run sometime soon.

During the chat I brought up the topic of the playoffs. It's something some of the Kings mentioned during summer league in Las Vegas.

Last season it took 50 wins to qualify for the postseason in the Western Conference. In case you forgot, the Kings won 25 games last season.

The offseason moves and the last two drafts have brought a sense of higher aspirations to the Kings as training camp nears.

"We talk about it," Garcia said of the playoffs. "Me and Tyreke (Evans), we talk about it when we're working out. And we just think we've got to stay out of injuries, go out there and perform and everything's going to be all right."

Garcia likes the depth of this season's Kings and that young players are coming in to workout on their own before the season.

"We're going to be pretty good," he said.

The Kings did not confirm that guard Luther Head and swingman J.R. Giddens have accepted invitations to training camp but a team source indicated both are expected to be a part of the training camp roster.

Yahoo reported Head would come to camp with a non-guaranteed contract and that Giddens had been invited to camp.

"We're going to end up with at least 19, maybe 20 (players in training camp,)" said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. "We're still waiting to hear on some other free agent players who are out there who are trying to decide."

Ryan Thompson, the younger brother of Kings forward Jason Thompson, could be headed to camp with San Antonio, Petrie said.

Ryan played on the Kings summer league team.

Dionte Christmas, who also played on the Kings summer league team, has already decided to play in Turkey this season.

--Jason Jones

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