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July 6, 2013
Carl Landry agrees to four-year contract with Kings

20121105_HA_Kings0463.JPGBy Jason Jones

The Kings have reached an agreement on a four-year contract with free agent forward Carl Landry. The deal is reportedly worth $26 million.

It's Landry's second stint with the Sacramento Kings. He was the key player from Houston in the Kevin Martin trade in 2010. He was traded to New Orleans in 2011 for Marcus Thornton.

Landry played for Golden State last season.

Check back for more on this story.

PHOTO: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) during the Kings home season opener at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee

July 2, 2013
Kings set meeting with free agent point guard Jose Calderon

By Jason Jones

The Kings will meet with free agent point guard Jose Calderon in Sacramento, according to HoopsHype.

The meeting would include Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro, coach Michael Malone and Chris Mullin, who is acting in an advisory role.

Calderon, 31, averaged 11.3 points and 7.1 assists last season playing for Toronto and Detroit.

July 16, 2012
Kings payroll increases this offseason; Whiteside waived

LAS VEGAS - Fans might have wanted a splashy addition via free agency that hasn't happened. But the Kings are spending more money than they have in recent seasons.

The addition of James Johnson ($2.8 million) brings the Kings' payroll to $55.5 million. That is the Kings' highest payroll since the 2008-09 season. The salary cap for this season is $58.044 million while the minimum team salary is $49.337 million.

The Kings have 14 players under contract. Center Hassan Whiteside was waived. His salary of $847,307 becomes available.

July 12, 2012
Jason Thompson is back after 'roller coaster' four seasons

Could anyone blame Jason Thompson for wanting a change?

In four seasons, Thompson has had four coaches. The Kings have brought in multiple players at his position as presumed replacements.

And let's not forget a good chunk of Thompson's third NBA season was spent wondering if he'd be an Anaheim Royal.

There was also the brief experiment with Thompson becoming a small forward (no, it didn't work) and a time it looked like a matter of when, not if, Thompson would become a former King.

But Thompson is sticking around after agreeing to a five-year contract with Sacramento that will pay him in excess of $30 million over the life of the deal.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't go through a roller coaster my first four years," Thompson said.

July 8, 2012
Jason Thompson will be back and Kings can look at other options

Jason Thompson will return to the Kings after an agreement was reached on a multi-year deal Sunday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed and Kings basketball president was limited in what he could say because of NBA rules during the moratorium on signing free agents that ends Wednesday.

The deal is expected to average $6 million per season.

Having Thompson's deal completed frees Petrie to look at other areas. Petrie said trades and other free agents are possibilities.

"We're going to look at (trades and free agents) and pursue some things," Petrie said.

The Kings need to continue to improve their shooting and team defense and have different avenues to do so.

And with news former All-Star forward Andrei Kirilenko plans to stay in Russia one more season, he won't be an option.

Nor will any other "name" free agents because the Kings will not spend big and tie up future cap space to lure a player to Sacramento.

The team is set on saving future cap space for when it's time to negotiate with players like Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.

And based on the offers some players are receiving in free agency, retaining Evans could cost the Kings $10 million or more a season. And if Cousins continues to develop, he figures to be a maximum-salary player.

That means any long-term money isn't likely to be spent on adding any more veterans unless they are impact players on a team that already has John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Travis Outlaw signed beyond the 2012-13 season.

The Kings will have about $6 million left under the salary cap with rookie Thomas Robinson and Thompson's deal when it becomes official. The Kings will have 13 players, two below the league maximum

That gives the Kings options of re-signing Terrence Williams, who presumably would not cost $6 million, and save money for a possible addition later.

Williams is still available and not on the verge of agreeing to a contract with another team.

The Kings could monitor the amnesty waiver wire, too. So far the only name that has come up is Philadelphia's Elton Brand. The Kings have no need for another power forward, much less an aging one.

The only other way the Kings could clear more salary space would be to use the amnesty clause on one of their players. But the Kings aren't interested in hoping someone claims a player they waive to pick up the remainder of his salary, only to pay a player that is not in Sacramento.

Now we wait to see what might happen in the next few days.

July 2, 2012
Petrie update on free agency

Things had been pretty quiet in terms of free agency until today when the Kings hosted restricted free agent forward Ryan Anderson.

Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, as promised, began free agency last Saturday by reaching out Jason Thompson's agent, Leon Rose.

"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.

There's already speculation about whether Anderson (6-10, 240) could play small forward.

"A lot of that depends on who's making the opinion," Petrie said. "He was primarily a four (power forward) in Orlando but he can play some other spots on the perimeter."

What Anderson would give the Kings is a player that fits into Keith Smart's style. he would give the Kings lineup flexibility, shooting and smarts on the floor.

For a "stretch" power forward, Anderson is a decent rebounder. Surely playing next to Dwight Howard helps with that.

Anderson would be paired with another excellent rebounder and a good passer in DeMarcus Cousins, should he at some point join the Kings.

The Kings haven't forgotten about Terrence Williams. The swingman who stepped in and became the team's best passer after stops in New Jersey and Houston will have to wait for Thompson's situation to be resolved before the Kings address re-signing him.

Williams said he wanted to make a decision early in free agency. Perhaps he should call Thompson and tell him to hurry up (I kid, I kid).

One Kings who should lobby for Williams' return is Jimmer Fredette. No one was better at setting up Fredette than Williams.

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