Sacramento Kings keep training camp local this year

Mike Malone, Vivek Ranadivé and Mark Mastrov chat after day three of Sacramento Kings training camp in Santa Barbara

The start of the NBA regular season is more than a month away, but the start of training camp and preseason is just right around the corner.

The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday that they’ll open training camp sooner than usual this year.  Instead of beginning in October, the franchise will tip-off their eight-day camp on Saturday, Sept. 27.  The Sacramento Kings also revealed that they will host media day on Friday, Sept. 26.

The franchise also won’t be heading out of town for camp this year.  Instead, head coach Michael Malone will prepare his team for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign in the capital city.  Last year, the Sacramento Kings held training camp down south at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The franchise is getting a head-start on the upcoming season thanks to a trio of international preseason games.  The Sacramento Kings will travel across the border and into the Pacific Northwest to take on Toronto Raptors in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 5.  The following week, they’ll fly to China to play the Brooklyn Nets in a pair of preseason contests in Shanghai and Beijing.

Several members of the Sacramento Kings are already in town preparing for the upcoming season.  Rookie Eric Moreland revealed on last week’s Cowbell Kingdom Podcast that he, Darren Collison, Nik Stauskas, Sim Bhullar, Deonte Burton, Ray McCallum and David Wear are among those already working out in Sacramento.  Ben McLemore recently made his return to the capital city as well.

The Sacramento Bee was first to report the team’s training camp schedule.

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