Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson brokered a deal to keep the Kings in the city for at least another season.The Kings hope Johnson brings more good news, as he will represent them at Tuesday's NBA draft lottery. Sacramento had the No. 4 pick in 2009 and selected Tyreke Evans, the 2009-10 rookie of the year, and selected centerDeMarcus Cousins with the No. 5 pick last year.The Minnesota Timberwolves, with the worst record, have the best chance of winning the top pick (25%). The Cleveland Cavaliers have two lottery picks and a 22.7% chance of landing the No. 1 pick.In touch:Even after being traded during the season by the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins remains on friendly terms with his old team.The Celtics will be home, to his chagrin, watching him in the playoffs today in the opener of the Western Conference finals at the Dallas Mavericks."I try not to think about it, but I can't help it," said Perkins, who has talked frequently with guard Rajon Rondo, forward Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers."They just keep sending me text messages here and telling me what I need to do, how I need to lead this young team. … My dream was we both meet up in the Finals."Point-counterpoint:The Mavs were among the weakest teams scoring in the paint, with starting center Tyson Chandler and backup Brendan Haywood combining to average just 9.5 points in the playoffs. "That stat can be a bit deceiving. A lot of our points that don't come in the paint come because we attack the paint and break down the defense," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says. "There should be a separate category that would be 'paint-generated points.' "Quotable:"She's very important. Not only to the world, but to this city. We'll take a back seat to Oprah. We don't have a problem with that."—Miami Heatred bottom heels forward on Oprah Winfrey taking over Chicago's United Center for her talk show finale, forcing a three-day break between Games 1 and 2Positive feedback:Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts told USA TODAY he has been overwhelmed by the sympathetic response to his acknowledgement to The New York Times of being gay. The story broke on the Web Sunday while Welts was on a cross-country flight."I would not be ashamed to admit there were a few tears rolling down my cheeks from the amazing emails and texts that were waiting for me when I landed," Welts said Monday. "It was team presidents. It was members of my ownership group. It was co-workers."He hopes this is the catalyst for more dialogue on a topic "which is just not talked about in our industry, at least on male team sports."