The Sacramento Kings have had an eventful offseason.
The Kings kicked the summer off by convincing Rudy Gay, who they traded for back in December (The Kings dealt swingman John Salmons, point guard Greivis Vasquez, power forward Patrick Patterson and power forward Chuck Hayes to the Toronto Raptors for Gay, center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy), not to opt out of his contract and instead become a free agent next year. They then signed Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Darren Collison to a three-year, $16 million deal to replace Isaiah Thomas, who they dealt to the Phoenix Suns is a sign-and-trade.
It will be interesting to see how the Kings look without Thomas running the show and we’ll get our first chance to see them on October 5 when they travel to Vancouver, British Columbia to battle the Toronto Raptors.
The Kings officially announced their preseason schedule and it is as follows:
October 5 at Toronto Raptors Rogers Arena (Vancouver, B.C.) 4:00 p.m.
October 7 vs. Toronto Raptors Sleep Train Arena (Sacramento, CA) 7:00 p.m.
October 11 vs. Brooklyn Nets Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China) 9:30pm
October 15 vs. Brooklyn Nets MasterCard Center (Beijing, China) 4:30am
October 18 vs. MACCABI HAIFA Sleep Train Arena (Sacramento, CA) 7:00 p.m.
October 20 at San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 5:30pm
October 24 at Los Angeles Lakers MGM Grand Arena (Las Vegas, NV) 7:00pm
The Kings have perhaps the most interesting schedule because they not only open the season in Vancouver but will travel to China to take on the Nets.
Sacramento continues the international portion of its exhibition slate as participants in the NBA’s Global Games, where the team will face the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai (9:30 p.m. PDT). The Kings participation in the 2014 Global Games occurs a decade after Sacramento joined the Houston Rockets in October 2004 to play the league’s inaugural contests in China. The teams will meet again on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (4:30 a.m. PDT) at the MasterCard Center in Beijing before Sacramento returns stateside to Sleep Train Arena for a contest with Israeli League standout Maccabi Haifa on Saturday, Oct. 18 (7:00 p.m. PDT).
They also play a game in Las Vegas which is becoming a tradition.