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DerekRE_3
09-25-2008, 02:45 PM
By Sam Amick
samick@sacbee.com

The Kings' push to secure a young core took another step forward on Thursday, as they agreed in principle to a contract extension for fourth-year swingman Francisco Garcia.
According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal is for five years and $29.8 million. Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie did not immediately return a call for comment, nor did Garcia's agent, Aaron Goodwin.
Garcia's career appeared to have stalled last summer, as his role under then-coach Eric Musselman was minimal in the 2006-07 campaign and he averaged less than 18 minutes per game. But in the first season under coach Reggie Theus - with whom Garcia played during his college years at Louisville - he flourished as a high-energy reserve. Garcia was given 26.3 minutes per game and proved worthy while averaging 12.3 points and shooting a career-high 46.3 percent from the field. He was utilized as an outside threat as well, hitting 39.1 percent from three-point range. His new contract will begin next season and concludes in the 2013-14 campaign.

Link (http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/sports/kings/archives/015649.html)

BigEric
09-25-2008, 05:09 PM
Not a bad signing.

PutMeInCoach
09-25-2008, 05:12 PM
heres the story on the kings website:

SACRAMENTO, CA, September 25, 2008 ---- The Sacramento Kings and swingman Francisco Garcia today reached an agreement in principle on a multi-year contract extension, it was announced by Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are all gratified we were able to reach an agreement in principle with Francisco on a contract extension,” said Petrie. “He embodies a lot of qualities we feel are necessary for our team to continue to improve. He’s a competitive leader and he’s gotten better every year. We’re looking forward to watching him grow even more this season.”

Garcia, a three-year NBA veteran, amassed career averages of 8.1 points (.440 FGs, .357 3FGs, .792 FTs), 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game through 225 outings with the Kings. His best year, statistically, occurred during the 2007-08 campaign when he averaged 12.3 points (462 FGs, .391 3FGs, .779 FTs), 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game over 79 contests. Garcia started in 20 games last season (2007-08), averaging 16.4 points (.448 FGs, .370 3FGs, .798 FTs), 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He recorded a career-high 31 points in 35 minutes at Phoenix on November 21, 2007.

“I feel great,” explained Garcia. “It’s good to know that I’m going to be here for years to come. This is a great organization that’s moving in the right direction. We have the best owners in the league. Our general manager is one of the best. And we have a good coaching staff with a lot of talented players. I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Garcia was selected in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Kings as an undergraduate out of Louisville. He enjoyed a three-year career for the Cardinals, averaging 14.4 points (.448 FGs, .369 3FGs, .849 FTs), 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.48 steals per game through 98 outings, of which he started 80.

“It’s very exciting to sign Francisco to a contract extension,” said Kings’ Owner Gavin Maloof. “He’s been a wonderful member of our organization both on and off the floor. We love his tenacity and leadership skills. He’s never afraid to take the big shot or make the big play. Francisco is a major part of our young core going forward.”


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JR8536
09-25-2008, 05:30 PM
good job kings!..we have to keep Martin and Garcia!..they are good..Garcia improves every year :)

Beno7500
09-25-2008, 05:32 PM
Obviously a good move.

RocketsRule
09-25-2008, 06:32 PM
I think it is slightly too much, but good signing nonetheless.

sacgiants1213
09-25-2008, 07:45 PM
lovin it...we're gonna have sisco and kmart through their primes. bright future

Catfish1314
09-25-2008, 08:34 PM
Too much IMO. Not by much, but there are very few bench players in this league worth 6M a year. And as much as I like Garcia, he's not one of them. Regardless, it's good to know he's in our plans for the future.

kfranks22
09-25-2008, 08:51 PM
It probably is too much to sign a bench player too, but considering how versitale he is and also considering that by the end of his contract, barring injury, he should still be productive, I would say this contract will work out well for both teams. Another thing to consider is 5 years from now, 6 million a year probably won't be that much for a player of his caliber.

Litchris12
09-25-2008, 08:57 PM
great job

EL Fetusqueezer
09-25-2008, 09:18 PM
:cheers:

hyphy king 88
09-25-2008, 11:54 PM
Yeah. They might have overpaid by a bit but i'm glad hes back. One of my favorite players on the team and he'll show hes deserving of this extension.

Kyle N.
09-26-2008, 02:16 AM
It's going to be interesting to see John and Cisco fight for the 3 spot.

Remmni
09-26-2008, 01:42 PM
Sisco is the better team Player and better Scraper than Salmons. They will award the starting Gig to Salmons but I think Garcia should be the man.

PutMeInCoach
09-26-2008, 02:00 PM
This signing could signify that the Kings view Garcia as a starter... I wouldnt be at all surprised to see Salmons and Garcia flip flop all year befor one of them finally takes the job from the other. I also wouldnt be shocked to see Salmons dealt during the season...

M's Fan2411
09-26-2008, 02:52 PM
Hell yea!....Dudes I was afraid of losing Cisco but we got him locked up!...Cisco is a great team-mate he may be our leader!

DerekRE_3
09-26-2008, 05:32 PM
We may have overpaid a bit, but you have to remember that Garcia is a vocal leader on the team and is a great leader. You don't have to be the best player on the team to be a leader, and I think that is a role that Garcia could have with our team this year and in the future.

This could mean Salmons will get dealt, I hope not because I think he is a better and more complete player than Garcia right now. When he starts, he is money.

RocketsRule
09-26-2008, 05:39 PM
We may have overpaid a bit, but you have to remember that Garcia is a vocal leader on the team and is a great leader. You don't have to be the best player on the team to be a leader, and I think that is a role that Garcia could have with our team this year and in the future.

This could mean Salmons will get dealt, I hope not because I think he is a better and more complete player than Garcia right now. When he starts, he is money.

I'd rather wait a year or two if we trade Salmons. Garcia is almost ready, but we have to know what we can get from Donte Greene first. If he proves that he can be a great spark plug off the bench, and become a sixth man or even possibly a starter, than we could trade him.

Pipes
09-26-2008, 05:56 PM
Good move...a little high for my taste... But considering we've overpaid to bring guy's like Moore it's a sound move!

RockinJays
09-27-2008, 01:57 PM
if some of you have seen in the elimination game, i kept on voting for garcia. he is a very good player and i appreciate that we have him on our team. if it comes down to the end of the game i can trust the ball to be in his hands for the game winner. hopefully he can improve better and better as the 5 year come.