July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) directs as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors guard Bobby Brown (0) during the game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Today the Kings announced that 2012-13 training camp would kick off on October 3rd at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I don't recall the last time the Kings held training camp outside of Sacramento, and it seems to be planned as more bonding for the young group.
From Head Coach Keith Smart:
"It's important to get away to a place like Colorado Springs to continue the bonding, building and growth of our team," explained Kings' Head Coach Keith Smart. "The players did an outstanding job this offseason of coming together as a unit on various occasions and this is just a continuation of that process of growing our team and moving it in the right direction. I'm looking forward to getting off to a well-conditioned training camp and productive preseason in preparation for opening night and the regular season."
Training camp will last about a week, ending before the team's first pre-season game against Phoenix on October 10th. The season starts on October 31st in Chicago, the first of a three game road trip. It is unknown as of yet if any unsigned free agents will be invited to training camp, although it has been speculated that Darnell Jackson (who was on the Kings Summer League team) may be invited. Other possibilities for an invite include Tony Mitchell, Michael Lee, Dominique Johnson and Josh Akognon, all of whom stood out at one point or another in Summer League.