SACRAMENTO -- With all of the excitement following the Sacramento Kings free agent spending spree, there is a reality that is often missed. With each player that joins the roster, another moves on.
Following his signing with the Indiana Pacers, veteran point guard Darren Collison gave a statement on his departure to NBC Sports California.
“Sac fans are truly the best,” Collison sent via text message. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a great fanbase. Night in and night out, I gave it my all regardless of what the team was going through. Sacramento will be called home due to the love and support I’ve received. Thank you.”
On Friday afternoon, the 29-year-old guard turned to social media to give one more goodbye to Kings fans in a series of tweets.
Collison joins a growing list of former Kings players from this summer. Arron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver were waived prior to the draft. Rudy Gay signed a deal earlier this week with the San Antonio Spurs. Both Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans are now with the Memphis Grizzlies. Langston Galloway signed a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons and with Sacramento’s roster now set at 15, Ty Lawson will not return.
The Kings added four rookies on draft night and are expected to announce the signings of Bogdan Bogdanovic, George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter over the next few days.
SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.
Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).
Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest.
Hearn appeared in one preseason game.
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The Sacramento Kings traveled the 90 minutes down highway 80 to face off with the Championship Golden State Warriors Friday evening. Missing three of their rotational guards, the Kings fought hard, but couldn’t stay with their closest geographical rivals late, falling to the Warriors by a final of 117-106. With the loss, Sacramento finished the preseason 1-5.
1- David Stockton, AAAA player. The Warriors couldn’t figure out who the speedy point guard was running circles around them. No, it wasn’t Frank Mason, it was former Gonzaga star and son of NBA legend John Stockton, David Stockton. Sacramento inked the undersized guard midweek and he took advantage of his opportunity. Stockton lit the Warriors up for 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and eight assists in 28 minutes off the Kings’ bench.
2- Welcome to the competition Malachi Richardson. The second-year wing out of Syracuse has been the forgotten man in Sacramento. Against the Warriors, he came out confident and firing from all over the floor. Richardson finished the evening with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and showed some defensive prowess against Klay Thompson.
3- Who is this Papagiannis guy? After looking completely uncomfortable in limited playing time, Papagiannis looked like someone fed him a Red Bull in pregame. The 7-footer was all over the floor, even banking in a 3-pointer in the first half. He finished the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and a block in 23 minutes of action. He’s showing signs of improvement as the preseason comes to a close.
4- An aggressive Skal Labissiere is a good Skal Labissiere. Starting in place of Zach Randolph, the second-year big looked comfortable from the opening tip. If this is the Labissiere that shows up in the regular season, the Kings are going to have quite a few interesting nights. Labissiere posted nine points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Kings kept the Warriors within striking distance for much of the game.
5- There is no quit in Frank Mason. The season is just a few days away and Mason continues to make his case for a spot in the rotation. With George Hill’s status in question, Mason has proven that he is ready for game action. Sacramento wanted Mason bad during draft season and now fans are seeing why. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and there hasn’t been a moment too big.