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George Karl on DeMarcus Cousins: “We’ve got a lot of time to get back on the same page”


LAS VEGAS — That’s it right there. George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins finally met and shook hands.

That Vine is also the extent of the meeting. It didn’t last long.

But Kings’ coach George Karl — who Cousins has tweeted is a snake in the grass (via emoji) after it was reported Karl was pushing to trade Cousins — sounded like a veteran coach who is not worried about repairing that relationship, or what is said in July.

“We’ve got a lot of time to get back on the same page,” Karl said just after the Kings played in Las Vegas Monday. “Summer talk is summer drama. I’ve always thought it’s hype, and so much of it is untrue. I’m not going to get into it, but Cuz and I have to work together to get back together. And I think we will.”

Cousins has power here. His biggest supporter is the owner, and when Cousins walked in the arena Sunday with GM Vlade Divac he got a standing ovation from Kings fans. Karl realizes that this is a relationship he has to make work. He emphasized what he has before, that it is about commitment.

“All our guys are hungry for winning, but Cuz is our best player, most talented kid,” Karl said. “We need him to feel like there’s a commitment from both sides. He to us and us to him.”

Karl has a locker room of strong-willed players he needs to navigate this year — Rajon Rondo, Cousins, and Rudy Gay among them. But he noted that in the past he has coached Gary Payton, Sam Cassell, Allen Iverson, and Chauncey Billups. And he likes the challenge Rondo will provide.

“He’s a very basketball high IQ guy,” Karl said. “He’s going to challenge us as coaches, because I think he knows the game and he’ll have some things, we’ll probably some give and take on. But this kid’s an All-Star, he’s a triple-double machine when he’s playing well. He likes to lead teams, he leads teams with a spirit that has some toughness to it.

“He’s a pass-first point guard, which I think is important. In the end, he and Darren (Collison) really excite me. We’re going to have two guys who can take control of the team, play together, and keep the pace of the game where we can play with a lot of freedom and creativity, and also play without turnovers…

“I think it’s going to be fun coaching (Rondo). I think he wants to lead our team, but he also wants to be a part of the decision making. That can be somewhat combustible, but that also can work at a high level.”

That may sum up the Kings this year. It’s a combustible combination, but if they come together they could surprise a lot of people.

We’ll see how good Karl is at chemistry. But that grade is not handed out in July.

Nets sign Andrea Bargnani

New York Knicks V Philadelphia 76ers

Saturday night, it seemed all but certain that former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani was headed to the Kings. Then, like a much more inconsequential version of DeAndre Jordan’s change of heart with Dallas, the Nets came in out of nowhere to steal him away. The team officially announced the signing on Thursday:

The New York Post‘s Tim Bontemps reports that Bargnani’s deal is a one-year contract for the minimum, plus a player option for 2016-17:

And ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the most incredible deal of all — Bargnani actually turned down more money from the Kings to take the Nets’ offer.

This is incredible on a number of levels. First, there was a bidding war for Andrea Bargnani in 2015. Second, he’s now added to the list of players who have turned down bigger offers from the Kings this summer to play for less money elsewhere, joining Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews. This time, they dodged a bullet.

Report: Kevin Seraphin drawing interest from Wizards, Lakers, Mavericks

Washington Wizards v Charlotte Hornets

Kevin Seraphin is a solid NBA backup center who wanted to find a starting job somewhere this summer. I’m sorry Kevin, but it’s not going to work out that way.

He’s solid, but not really starter quality. Last season in Washington he played 15 minutes a night, scored 6.6 points on 51.3 percent shooting, grabbed 3.3 boards and was reliable nightly. He doesn’t have much shooting range, and in the past there have been issues with fouling and turnovers. That was enough to keep teams with starting spots looking elsewhere.

Washington would love to bring him back and have him behind Marcin Gortat in the rotation again. But they are not alone in the mix, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Suns and Spurs also have some interest.

Dallas makes sense, they will start Zaza Pachulia at the five and try to have shooters everywhere, Seraphin would get some good run behind him and be a quality change of pace. It has long been known that once DeAndre Jordan flipped on the Mavericks Seraphin became a big target of theirs.

The Lakers make less sense, they have Roy Hibbert and Robert Sacre under contract, plus they are bringing in rookie Robert Upshaw and giving him a chance to make the roster. Seraphin only makes sense if they don’t think Upshaw makes the team and they plan to move Sacre.

We know the Wizards want him back, we know that. The Suns already have Tyson Chandler and Alex Len at the five. The Spurs don’t have a more traditional big-body center with Tiago Splitter gone, but their roster seems fairly set.

Of course, the decision will come down to one thing: Money. Playing time too, but money wins out almost every time.

Report: Sacramento Kings near deal to sign Andrea Bargnani

Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

Knicks fans are about to freak out at this statement, but it’s true: Andrea Bargnani played okay for them down the stretch last season. By the time he returned to the court from injury last February, the Knicks were out of out of the playoff picture, but he put up 14.8 points per game and shot 36.6 percent from three. He had a PER of 16.6, above the league average. He’s never going to live up to the hype of being drafted No. 1, and he’s not going to help a team out defensively, but if his role is limited and off the bench he could help a team.

The Sacramento Kings need more shooting, and they are about to land him.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.

Bargnani was not worth the $11.5 million the Knicks paid him last season, but if the Kings can get him for the minimum or a couple million, it’s not a bad deal.

Sacramento has guys who are going to get a lot of run that teams are going to dare to shoot the jumper — Rajon Rondo at the point, rookie Willie Cauley Stein — and they needed some guys who can space the floor. This is not a game changer for the Kings, but it wouldn’t be a terrible signing, either.

Report: Minnesota to trade Chase Budinger to Indiana for Damjan Rudez

Chicago Bulls v Minnesota Timberwolves

Indiana wanted some depth and athleticism in the wing behind likely starters Monta Ellis and Paul George, so they went out and traded for it.

Indiana has acquired Chase Budinger from the Timberwolves in a trade, reports Adrian Wojnaorski of Yahoo Sports.

I like this deal better for the Timberwolves.

You may not recognize the name Damjan Rudez but here’s what you should know: The guy can shoot the rock. He’s a 6’10” Croation who can play the three or stretch four, and shot 40 percent from three as a rookie last year playing 15 minutes a night. While the Timberwolves have depth at the three and four slots — Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Kevin Garnett, Gorgui Dieng and others — you can never have enough shooting. Rudez is going to get some minutes and hit some buckets.

Budinger can shoot the ball, but he has lost some of his trademark athleticism after years of injuries, which limited him to 67 games last season. He averaged 6.8 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes a night when he did play, plus he shot almost 37 percent from three. That lack of athleticism has hurt Budinger’s defense as well in recent years.

However, near the end of the season (the last couple months) Budinger seemed to have some of his bounce back and with that was a pretty good player. In the final six weeks of the season, he averaged 12.3 points and shot 39 percent from three, playing 29 minutes a night. If that’s the guy the Pacers can get for an entire season this will be a good trade for them.

It’s just, with his injury history, it’s hard to bet on it.