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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 16, 2012
Kings acquire James Johnson from Toronto

LAS VEGAS - The Kings have acquired forward James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a second-round draft choice in 2014.

Johnson (6-9, 248) is entering his fourth season. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and two assists last season in 62 games (40 starts).

Johnson was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and was traded to Toronto during his second season.

January 2, 2012
Cousins traveling with Kings to Memphis

By Bee Staff

DeMarcus Cousins is traveling with the Kings to Memphis today, Cousins' agent, John Greig, told The Bee's Jason Jones.

Cousins was sent home before the Kings' game against the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. The Kings released a statement from coach Paul Westphal saying Cousins demanded a trade following the Kings' loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday -- a claim Cousins' agent has denied.

The Kings play at Memphis on Tuesday. Check back for more on this story as it develops.

December 14, 2011
The Clippers ... finally?

Finally, the Clippers can say they share more than the Staples Center with the Lakers. All-Star point guard Chris Paul gives owner Donald Sterling the prototypical superstar who is present on most championship teams. I say, most, because John Stockton and Karl Malone never won a ring. And, because these past two decades, there have been a couple of exceptions to the notion that only teams with two superstars win titles.

Specifically, three teams have captured championships in a non-traditional manner within the past decade: the San Antonio Spurs, who won two titles with the Tim Duncan-David Robinson combination (1999, 2003), then two more with Duncan, and star-caliber, but not superstar-caliber sidekicks Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker (2005, 2007); Larry Brown's 2002 Detroit Pistons, led by Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace; and most recently, the Dallas Mavericks, who happened to have the league's most unique seven-footer in Dirk Nowitzki, surrounded by Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, J.J. Barea, a group of players who epitomize the term, "team."

Kidd, of course, is one of the greatest point guards in league history. But he is 38 years old, smart, crafty, determined, and as always, in tremendous shape. But he is still 38 years old ...

And, lest we forget, of the three, only Dallas is regarded as a major market franchise (No.5 in the Nielsen TV ratings). Detroit is No.11 in designated market area (DMA) and San Antonio No. 37. Sacramento, by the way, is No. 20.

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