Mat Issa

Mat Issa

Mat Issa is the Site Expert for A Royal Pain. Mat is based in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Yes, he spells his name with one "t." He went to Michigan State University for seven years, earning his Bachelor's Degree and Juris Doctor. Now, he covers the NBA at large for Forbes, The Analyst, Basketball Insiders, and, of course, FanSided. His work has also been featured on ESPN, The Sporting News, and SB Nation, among other places. Go Green!

Jan 13, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA;  Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots in the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at Frost Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Insider reveals that the Kings are still trying to fleece the Chicago Bulls

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Dec 31, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) reacts as he hangs from the rim after a dunk during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Monk's quick decision gives the Kings the flexibility to build a contender

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Feb 2, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) shoots the ball while Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The real reason that Pascal Siakam chose the Pacers over the Kings

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Dec 4, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (left) dribbles against Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

2 reasons the Kings should and 2 reasons they shouldn't trade for Brandon Ingram

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Dec 26, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (9) dribbles the basketball during the first half against Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Who should the Sacramento Kings trade for this offseason?

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Dec 4, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA;  Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Huerter (9) attempts to defend against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Grade the trade pitch: Kings take Zach LaVine off the Bulls hands

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Mar 31, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings center Alex Len (25) before the game against the Utah Jazz at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

1 Kings need nobody is discussing heading into 2024 offseason

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Apr 5, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) defends against Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

1 Thing the Kings can learn from the NBA Champion Boston Celtics

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Jul 16, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Houston Rockets forward Anthony Lamb (33) drives between Sacramento Kings guard Alex O'Connell (35) and Sacramento Kings guard TJ Starks (20) during an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavillion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

When is the NBA Summer League 2024? Dates, Location, Teams

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Feb 14, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) and forward Domantas Sabonis (10) and guard De'Aaron Fox (5) react in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

5 Moves the Kings need to make during the 2024 offseason

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Apr 14, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Sasha Vezenkov (7) looks to shoot the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Insider provides update on Sasha Vezenkov's future in the NBA

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Apr 19, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) attempts to steal the ball from New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) in the second half during a play-in game of the 2024 NBA playoffs at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

What would it cost for the Kings to trade for Brandon Ingram?

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Apr 16, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) pumps his fist after the Kings made a basket against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter during a play-in game of the 2024 NBA playoffs at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Domantas Sabonis is officially following in his father Arvydas' footsteps next season

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Nov 13, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) and guard De'Aaron Fox (5) celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

4 Most likely Sacramento Kings to be traded away this summer

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Jun 23, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Keegan Murray (Iowa) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number four overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Everything you need to know about the new NBA Draft format

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Dec 18, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) scores a basket against Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

2 reasons why the Kings should and 2 reasons why they shouldn't trade for Kyle Kuzma

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