The Sacramento Kings are denying rumors that veteran forward Zach Randolph is available on the trading block and general manager Vlade Divac is personally shooting down rumors while adding that the team values his veteran presence.
“Any opportunity for us to improve, we’ll look at it, but we’re not focusing (on trading him),” Divac said, according to NBC Sports’ James Ham. “We’re happy that he’s around those young guys.”
Kings head coach Dave Joeger also spoke with Randolph, prior to the start of the regular season, and clarified Randolph’s role moving forward, telling the veteran that; “I need you to be supportive, I need you to be that veteran and positive and help our young guys and lead by example.”
Randolph has proceeded professionally, according to Joeger.
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Kings’ Buddy Hield Wants to Get Contract Extension Done
When it comes to a contract extension for Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, he has made it crystal clear he wants to get a deal done so he can continue his career with the Kings.
The two sides have until October 21st to hammer out a contract extension in order to prevent Hield from hitting restricted free agency.
“We need to get that done,” Hield said, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson. “I want to get that done, for sure. If it doesn’t get done, things could go the other way. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. If I’m their guy, I think they should make it happen already. I want to build a future here. I want to be here, but we have to see something. Something’s gotta come to the table. We have a week and a half to see what that brings, but I want to be here.”
Hield is coming off a career-year with the Kings, in which he averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season.
Rockets Claim Ray Spalding Off Waivers
The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.
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