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Vlade Divac: Kings keeping Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay


The Kings reportedly made Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore available in trades this summer.

But even with Gay telling Sacramento he’ll opt out and leave next summer and the Bucks reportedly offering Michael Carter-Williams for McLemore, neither player appears to be on the move.

So says Kings general manager Vlade Divac, via SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Divac on Gay:

Just joking around the other day, I apologized for him to – I said, “We like you so much, that’s why we decided to keep you here.” Rudy is a tremendous talent. He’s somebody that is beautiful to watch, the way he plays. We think Rudy is a big, big part of this team to be successful. So, we decide to go with him. And if he decides to stay next year, that’s great. If he decides to leave, that’s fine. But we want to make sure we compete this year.

Divac on McLemore

It’s part of business. You’re going to receive a lot of calls. You’re going to make a lot of calls. We are very happy with Ben, the way he’s progressing this summer. He’s a very young player that we – like I said – we like a lot. So, we’re going to keep him.

The Kings appear to be misjudging their ability to compete this year. They’re playoff longshots, and fans won’t flock to their new arena because Gay keeps the team moderately bad as opposed to very bad. That said, I don’t know what Sacramento could get for Gay. At a certain point, it makes sense to take that longshot run at the postseason – even if you believe Gay will leave this summer.

Likewise, I don’t have enough information to evaluate keeping McLemore. From what I’ve seen in NBA play, I’d prefer Carter-Williams to McLemore – especially for the Kings, who are a point guard short with Darren Collison suspended. But perhaps McLemore has improved significantly over the offseason in a way evident only within the organization right now.

Andrew Bogut clarifies which expletive he used to describe Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

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Mavericks center Andrew Bogut has something in common with many Americans: The Australian dislikes both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

But Bogut wants you to know precisely what he thinks of the presidential candidates.

Tommy Magelssen of The Dallas Morning News


Correction noted.

Vivek Ranadivé denies suggesting Kings defend 4-on-5, too much basketball involvement

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Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé reportedly suggested the team defend 4-on-5, leaving a cherry-picker on offense. Former Sacramento coach Michael Malone confirmed the idea came up.

Ranadivé, in a Q&A with Sam Amick of USA Today:

Q: You’ve mentioned things reported that aren’t true. From your perspective, what hasn’t been true and what haven’t you agreed with when it comes to the way you’re perceived?

A: “Well just that I’m overly involved with the team. I’ve never actually been on the team plane. I’ve never even sat through a practice (Ranadive still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but comes to Sacramento several times a week)…I had no involvement between the GM and the coach, or which player got picked or which player got traded. There was this five-on-four story which was completely absurd, which was categorically, patently untrue.”

Let’s take Ranadive at his word. He’s not overly involved in basketball decisions.

He just smears those who are and publicly admonishes them for their errors while noting he would’ve made the correct choice.

DeMarcus Cousins on Paul McCartney concert at Kings new arena: ‘I don’t even know who that is’

INDIO, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Sir Paul McCartney performs onstage during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on October 8, 2016 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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The Kings finally got to play in their fancy new arena. (Thanks, taxpayers.)

But before the basketball team held its preseason home opener, Paul McCartney played a show there.

DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t quite as excited for that.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Kids these days…

Joe Lacob says other owners mad about Warriors signing Kevin Durant, ‘sorry’

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said it’s not good for the league that Kevin Durant went to the Warriors and made them overwhelming title favorites.

Silver might feel that way, but he was also probably speaking on behalf of about 29 of his 30 bosses – the owners of the NBA’s other teams. There’s definitely a belief in Golden State those other owners are upset.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:

“I know there are a lot of other owners and teams that are mad at us, at me,” Lacob said Monday. “I felt that very much when I was in Las Vegas this summer.

“Sorry, we got him. We worked hard until we got him.”

The Warriors are excellent facetious apologizers.

I suspect they’ll be pretty good at basketball, too – which should provide even more opportunities for these fantastic “apologies.”