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Sacramento Kings sign Hassan Whiteside to one year deal, per report

Ugh.

The Sacramento Kings have signed Hassan Whiteside to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

James Ham confirmed the news and added that the contract is a league minimum deal.

It's hard to be too mad about a minimum contract for one year. It's very much an indication of where Whiteside's current value is. Although Whiteside averaged 15.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game last season, Zach Lowe summed it up well last week when he described Whiteside as a can of Pringles, just empty calories. Whiteside is a big body, he will put up stats, but he hasn't historically helped his teams as much as the numbers might suggest.

This brings Whiteside's journey full circle as he was originally drafted in the second round by the Kings in 2010. He spent two unimpressive years with the Kings before leaving the NBA entirely. He spent two years playing overseas before finding his way back to the league and earning a lucrative contract from the Miami Heat.

Sure, the Kings lost Bogi. But it's ok, we have Hassan Whiteside.

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November 25, 2020 3:07 pm

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November 25, 2020 4:45 pm
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Unibrow would work as the Power Forward Klam!

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November 25, 2020 3:07 pm

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November 25, 2020 3:08 pm

It’s not OK, we have Whiteside.

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November 25, 2020 3:09 pm

Should help the tank. Empty stats guy and a proven loser. Monte knows what he’s doing. Should have signed Cousins on that minimum deal as well.

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November 25, 2020 3:26 pm
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It is hard for me to buy the “Monte knows what he is doing” line. I honestly don’t know what evidence we have of that yet.

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November 25, 2020 3:28 pm
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Agreed. Nothing has been out of the box thinking or looks like there is a vision…yet.

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November 25, 2020 4:19 pm
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What would something like that look like?

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November 25, 2020 5:10 pm
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Not signing Whiteside.

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November 25, 2020 5:18 pm
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In fairness, not having a legitimate center on the roster would be outside the box.

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November 25, 2020 5:39 pm
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He did come from Houston.

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November 25, 2020 9:12 pm
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To 1 year for the minimum? I mean it’s totally possible you could actually flip him for something of value at the deadline to a contender. I can’t stand Whiteside as a player but this is about the lowest risk move possible.

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November 25, 2020 4:01 pm
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Paging ArcoThunder!

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November 25, 2020 4:41 pm
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There’s also the simultaneous line that he’s playing for a high draft pick next year…so if he doesn’t know what he’s doing, does that mean we’re making playoffs!?

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November 25, 2020 4:19 pm
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The last two seasons, the “proven loser” has substantially improved his teams’ performance (two pretty good teams) while on the floor.

He’s a mixed effort guy, but does impact the floor most nights. Let’s hope he doesn’t play a lot.

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November 25, 2020 9:18 pm
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That was on two teams with a strong structure, good coaches and strong leaders on the floor. And still he only got a one year, minimum deal. What does that tell you?

Also, we want Bagley to develop with Luke as coach and surrounding him with me-first guys like Whiteside, Parker and Buddy?

And it’s not as if a one year deal gives much opportunity to build his value and flip him for assets.

This is a clear WTF move and Monte is now looking a bit less shiny and wonderful to me. YMMV.

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November 26, 2020 9:12 am
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Not sure a one year minimum contract is going to impact in any way how I feel about a GM….

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November 25, 2020 4:33 pm
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Dearest DeMarcus deserves nothing less than the max.

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November 25, 2020 3:10 pm

I mean I can’t stand Whiteside but 1 year at league minimum? Sure, whatever.

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November 25, 2020 4:30 pm

Exactly how I feel.

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November 25, 2020 6:20 pm

Yeah for sure. Best case scenario, he has a couple big games (he always does), and we’re able to flip him at the deadline for a late 1st to a playoff team desperate for a big. Crazier things have happened, and if it does we’ll look pretty smart. That’s the optimist in me haha

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November 25, 2020 9:13 pm

Yeah it would not shock me if he has some value at the deadline to a contender who needs some size to matchup with the Lakers in the playoffs. He played pretty well in couple of those games for the Blazers.

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November 25, 2020 3:10 pm

Random fact of the day, the Kings now have more 2nd round picks and undrafted players on the roster than 1st round picks:

FIRST ROUND: 7
Fox, Buddy, Bagley, Hali, Barnes, Joseph, Parker

SECOND ROUND: 8
Whiteside, Nemanja, Holmes, James, Guy, Woodard, Ramsey, Jeffries (undrafted)

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November 25, 2020 6:56 pm
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Real question: Is that out of the ordinary? I mean, how does it stack up against other teams? Just asking because that doesn’t surprise me, or sound odd. I would think it’s probably pretty normal given the salary cap… No?

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November 25, 2020 3:11 pm

I was truly going to give Monte a pass on letting Bogdanovic go. I really was.

But this?

The sum total of Kings activity this off season has been to lose Alex Len, Kent Bazemore, Harry Giles, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, and has managed to backfill those guys with…Hassan Whiteside.

F me, I’m pissed right now.

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November 25, 2020 3:30 pm
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Tank city baby.

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November 25, 2020 3:41 pm
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Wow bemoaning the loss of Bazemore is too much. The guy shot 37% FGs and thought he was a Top 10 NBA scorer. You can’t win with high volume bricklayers even if they are high energy on the other end. At the best you have a net neutral player. DaQuan Jeffries is the better younger player and our GM duly noted and acted on this.

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November 25, 2020 4:21 pm
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Preach

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November 25, 2020 4:26 pm
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I’m really high on Jeffries also. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people.

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November 25, 2020 5:50 pm
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I think Woodard has more upside than Jeffries.

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November 25, 2020 6:22 pm
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People are really sleeping on DaQuan. Based on the eye test (which I know is bullshit) he seems to be solid every time he’s on the court. Okay shooter, decent defender, super athletic, and doesn’t make mistakes. Not bad for an undrafted guy

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November 25, 2020 7:07 pm

I’m glad we gave DaQuan DaQualifying offer.

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November 26, 2020 5:50 am
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The bigger issue is per Sam Amick that this Whitesise signing is Vivek still meddling and playing GM ! Where have you gone Pete D !

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November 25, 2020 3:11 pm

I want to believe Monte has a solid plan but I can’t understand the angle of this signing. He is not a mentor or positive influence on young players. He does not have good work ethic. He doesn’t make us a better team. If he plays his impact will only be negative on the development or chemistry of players we want to keep. If he does not play (or hardly), what is the purpose? I would rather take a flier on a young player with potential. Please help me understand…

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November 25, 2020 3:29 pm
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Pb/Ag lining – perhaps it’s a trade deadline chip for another 2nd rounder or another asset to help us move in the top 3 next draft.

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November 25, 2020 3:32 pm
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We can only hope.
I don’t think he would be an asset based on name alone, based on the deal he just fetched in free agency. So if he is somehow a trade asset, I would assume that means he is playing. Which would suck for us as fans.

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November 25, 2020 4:13 pm
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There will be a contender who gets a serious injury to their big man and will be willing to trade a pick or young player who isn’t getting playing time for Whiteside as a stopgap. The same way Portland traded for him when Nurkic went down

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November 25, 2020 4:46 pm

That, to me, is the only upside scenario of this signing. I just wish it came along with a player who brought a better attitude and work ethic.

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November 25, 2020 10:54 pm
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This pick wreaks of desperation. Whiteside was the last 5 available in free agency. Before that we had Holmes; who I like , and Bagley; who isn’t really a 5 and hasn’t played much due to injuries. Monte had to bring in a body to fill out the front court roster. Enter Hassan Whiteside. I’m totally unimpressed. We should have kept Len.

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November 25, 2020 11:43 pm
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From what I’ve heard the Kings tried to re-sign Len but he ultimately chose the Raptors. Not gonna blame the guy though. If I’m offered the same amount of money, I’d choose the Raptors over the Kings. Probably the only way Len re-signs if we overpay a little bit.

I’ll give a little bit of props to Monte for not overpaying role players who does not move the needle that much for the Kings. i mean it’s not like Whiteside was #1 on their list. I’ve seen reports where they were interested on some free agents and they just didn’t sign with us. I guess Whiteside was their plan C or plan D and was the only one who accepted the minimum that was offered by the Kings.

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November 25, 2020 3:12 pm

Jesus, one year on a minimum and everyone acts like the whole future is in jeopardy.

If you thought the team was going to run fast breaks while depending on Holmes and Bjelica to secure rebounds, that would not be ideal.

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November 25, 2020 3:13 pm
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And if he steps out of line one time you can cut him. I hate watching him play basketball but this is pretty minimal in the grand scheme of things.

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November 25, 2020 3:16 pm
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Bingo!

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November 25, 2020 3:17 pm
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Back to your point in another thread…does anyone think the Kings are making the playoffs this year?

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November 25, 2020 3:28 pm
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If any of my comments in other places have ever suggested that the Kings had hope of making the playoffs, I was either hacked, or in the midst of a severe blackout.

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November 25, 2020 3:35 pm
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No no.. I was agreeing with a previous question by you to me asking if I thought the Kings could even sniff the playoffs this year.

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November 25, 2020 3:49 pm
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In any event, I may have been blacked out.

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November 25, 2020 3:18 pm
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Wait, so you think Whiteside is going to help the team run fast breaks? Is that a good thing at this point?

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November 25, 2020 3:29 pm
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You’re suggesting another year of Lose Walton walk-it-upcourt would be better than playing fast?

I disagree.

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November 25, 2020 3:30 pm
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“Whiteside” and “playing fast” do not belong in the same discussion.

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November 25, 2020 3:37 pm
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fast breaks don’t require all 5 guys to lead the break.

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November 25, 2020 3:50 pm
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And there you have it. All he needs to do is get it to a guard and haul ass to get a putback, if necessary.

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November 25, 2020 4:07 pm
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And protect the rim on a break the other way, which he does far better than anyone else on the team, maybe ever.

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November 25, 2020 4:02 pm
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But they require your big man to outlet pass.

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November 25, 2020 7:56 pm
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Does Whiteside like to bring the ball up the court? I’m trying to think of his game but can’t conjure any memories. Maybe it’s just unremarkable.

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November 25, 2020 10:57 pm
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No, that’s Buddy’s job.

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November 25, 2020 3:26 pm
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They miss Dewayne Dedman

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November 25, 2020 3:59 pm
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And WCS as well I guess. At least he knew he couldn’t shoot a three.

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November 25, 2020 3:29 pm
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I mean, if you don’t want to win games, Holmes/Bagley/Bjelly sounds like an elite frontcourt to me.

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November 25, 2020 4:21 pm
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Yeah, I’m sensing a mixed message here from some of the regulars.

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November 25, 2020 4:20 pm
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Oy:

everyone acts like

We’re back to this stuff again.

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November 25, 2020 4:49 pm
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My apologies. It only seems like everyone because of the histrionics.

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November 25, 2020 4:55 pm
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I see more mentions of histrionics than actual histrionics.

There are some people who disagree with you, and I know you tend to confuse the two.

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November 25, 2020 5:22 pm
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I see outright condemnations of a guy who has been on the job for a couple of months, and is tasked with untangling the radioactive shit-web that VD left behind. Does that seem warranted, particularly in light of adding a serviceable center on a one-year minimum contract? Is this “it” for the organization?

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November 25, 2020 5:38 pm
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“Outright condemnations?” I think that is quite a bit of a stretch. I’m on record that I’m not impressed so far, especially when it comes to this Whiteside signing, but I haven’t seen anything to the level of which you mention.

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November 25, 2020 6:04 pm
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Otis said there were people that disagreed with me, so my reply wasn’t about you specifically.

But seriously, read some of these posts, you’d think they’d made Lose Walton the GM-for-Life.

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November 25, 2020 3:12 pm

Just looked it up, an 8 year vet’s minimum salary is $2.3M

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November 25, 2020 4:02 pm
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Obviously the worst signing ever. This alone will cause the Kings to lose all their draft picks.

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November 25, 2020 4:56 pm
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I wonder, has there been a lower deal for a FA under age 32, who just averaged a double double (15pts/13reb for Hassan) on a playoff team, without any injury. In recent history of course. Hmmm. I can’t think of any similar examples.

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November 26, 2020 8:19 am
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Yeah but the NBA FO pays part of the salary. I think the Kings pay 1.62 mill or something like that. According to some guy named Larry, it’s the 2 year league minimum they owe Whiteside, the league FO pays the rest. Which is 700-750K. I’m not doing math today.

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November 25, 2020 3:12 pm

Dumb!!

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November 25, 2020 3:14 pm

LeTank Whiteside

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November 25, 2020 3:17 pm

The Frenchification of his name took me by surprise.

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November 25, 2020 8:53 pm
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🤔 …same

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November 25, 2020 3:15 pm

A great addition to help with the tank. Next up, trading Richaun Holmes, who is actually a solid player who can help win games and that simply will not do for this years team.

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November 25, 2020 3:31 pm
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We should totally win 32 games this year. Maybe we can grab the #10 pick.

I love Richaun, but no one is above being moved.

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November 25, 2020 3:15 pm

Welcome back to hell big fella!

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November 25, 2020 3:16 pm

People ask, “Why are you a Kings fan?” For moments like this my friend, for a moment like this…

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November 25, 2020 3:21 pm
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I’m pretty sure, if I ever get a hug from another Kings Herald member, I would just burst into tears and sob out the last 14 years of frustration.

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November 25, 2020 7:11 pm

(Virtual hug)

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November 25, 2020 3:16 pm

Yes! Bring on the tank!

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November 25, 2020 3:16 pm

Fans: €œDO SOMETHING!€

Monte: €œHold my beer.€

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November 25, 2020 3:21 pm
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Marty After Monte does something:I’m sensing that tanking is going to be difficult for some to accept.

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November 25, 2020 3:31 pm
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Seriously, no shit.

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November 25, 2020 4:46 pm
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Comment for the win!

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November 25, 2020 3:18 pm

I feel the Tank, but I still want to watch an entertaining and hustling basketball team…

Give Tyson Chandler a retirement contract to mentor our one young big.

Or young guys to compete, where are your guys McNair?

Hartenstein? Gimme some Zhou Qi!

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November 25, 2020 3:24 pm
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I’ve been pushing for Hartenstein since the Rockets cut him.

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November 25, 2020 3:28 pm

Nuggets looking at him with no backup 5 behind Jokic, so we’ll see his real talent this year while we play Whiteside

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November 25, 2020 5:20 pm
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No true Centers behind Jokic, but 4 guys 6’10 and taller. Porter, Bol, Vonleh, Nnaji.

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November 25, 2020 3:31 pm
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YES! You can tank without signing old washed players who want minutes.

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November 25, 2020 3:38 pm
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Exactly. Why not a young player who is happy to be there, with a good attitude, who pushes his teammates in practice and wants to work harder than everybody else just so they can stay on? Give me that guy all day over a pouty, lazy, entitled player who “just wants to get his 2k rating up.”

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November 25, 2020 3:42 pm
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Well we DID have DJ Wilson coming in, but our ineptitude to perform any normal basketball functions shows up to bite us again.

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November 25, 2020 4:48 pm
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Come on. Nobody knowns why that Bogi sign and trade failed.

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November 25, 2020 4:50 pm

99% sure it was his snake of an agent.

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November 25, 2020 5:19 pm
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I agree, which is why we can’t blame Monte or anybody else in the FO for it.

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November 26, 2020 10:41 am
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I don’t get this line of thinking. The trade could not have been completed without Bogi agreeing to the contract at some point. The ATL contract ballpark amount was mentioned around that time too, so I don’t think that deal was going to happen at a number that MIL was comfortable with.

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November 25, 2020 6:01 pm

Supposedly Milwaukee was gonna pay BB8 a certain amount of $ that they could only pay him if they traded Bledsoe to the Kings. Once they traded Bledsoe to NO, they couldn’t pay BB8 as much as they said they’d pay him.

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November 25, 2020 9:17 pm
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Yeah that’s what I heard from KOC on one of the Ringer NBA podcasts.

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November 25, 2020 3:20 pm

The sad part: One can make a fairly solid case that this in the top 5 most high profile free agent signings in Kings history. I’m gonna need a spare liver.

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