Earlier today, Sam Amick of USA Today spoke with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, who says that he is a fan of DeMarcus Cousins and hopes to get a new deal hammered out with him in advance of next month's deadline. While Ranadive wouldn't handicap the odds of something getting done, Marc Stein of ESPN.com hears that the two sides are on track to agree to an extension in the coming weeks. Here's more on the Kings and other notes from the Pacific Division..
- J.J. Redick spoke with Eric Patten of NBA.com about the deal that sent him to the Clippers this summer. “I have mixed emotions about [getting traded],” Redick said. “For the most part, you essentially accept the fact that it’s part of the job and you’re getting paid to play basketball. Ultimately, I don’t feel Milwaukee with our team last year was… It definitely wasn’t a great fit. We didn’t play particularly well as a team down the stretch. Going into that I hoped we could kind of move up from that eighth spot and we didn’t. It was frustrating to a lot of people last year in Milwaukee.”
- Mark Deeks of HoopsWorld.com ranked the ten best new contracts of the offseason and the Clippers earned two mentions for Matt Barnes and Darren Collison. Both were acquired via the non-taxpayer mid-level exception with Barnes earning $3.25MM with Collison getting the remaining $1.9MM.
- Shaquille O'Neal can offer the Kings quite a bit in the way of marketing after becoming a minority owner, Amick writes.