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Fox takes losses in stride: 'It's part of the game'

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Fox takes losses in stride: 'It's part of the game'

SACRAMENTO -- 1-8 doesn’t feel good to anyone, especially for a group of rookies trying to find their way in the league. The NBA is a cruel world that doesn’t care who you were in college or how high you were drafted.

The Kings take a seven-game losing streak into Tuesday evening’s game against the Thunder. Outside of Harry Giles, who’s Duke team went 28-9 last season, the other three draft picks have already lost more games this season than they did last year in the NCAA. We aren’t even 10 games into the 2017-18 season.

“A lot of these guys have been so accustomed to winning, but I was draft in the lottery, so you kind of come in kind of expecting something (like this),” De’Aaron Fox said Monday following practice. “We want to turn this around. Nobody likes losing.”

It’s an interesting perspective for a 19-year-old kid. Fox led his Kentucky team to a 32-6 record last season in the NCAA. But in the pros, you are starting over. When a team takes you with the fifth overall selection, you have to assume you are going to a team that’s struggled. Not everyone gets to walk into Jayson Tatum’s situation in Boston.

“It’s part of the game,” Fox said. “Every player drafted that high, basically, has had to go through bumps in the road.”

Fox is off to a quality start in Sacramento. He’s leading the team in scoring at 12.7 points a night and also assists at 5.0 per game. He’s shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, which could improve and he’s shooting just 27.3 percent from behind the arc.  

“I’m just trying to shoot the ball better, try and get my teammates involved more,” Fox said. “For me, doing that is just staying in attack mode. I can attack and get people involved. I can attack and score for myself. Even defensively, just being aggressive.”

Fox faces one of his favorite players growing up Tuesday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder roll through Sacramento. He’ll get a shot to defend Russell Westbrook, the reigning MVP and one of the most aggressive players in the league.

It’s baptism by fire for the Kings’ young point guard. You have to have a short memory. There’s always another game just around the corner and win or lose, there is plenty to glean from going up against one of the best.

Rumors revolving George Hill trade to Cavs are hot, heavy

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Rumors revolving George Hill trade to Cavs are hot, heavy

Is George Hill on the move? The rumors are hot and heavy Tuesday with both Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski chiming in.

On this morning’s edition of The Jump, Windhorst gave Kings fans a familiar line.

“The are way down the road on a deal with Sacramento for George Hill... it's at the one-yard line," Windhorst said.

“At this point, I think they just have to have change,” Windhorst added of the Cavs.

Following the Windhorst update, Woj jumped in the fray with a tweet.

Hill has struggled to find a role with the Kings all season long after signing a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento over the summer. The Kings are paying the 31-year-old point guard $20 million this season, $19 million next and they have an $18 million team option in 2019-20 with a $1 million buyout.

Frye is in the final year of his contract with the Cavs. The 34-year-old center makes $7.4 million this season and has played just 11.4 minutes over 34 games for Cleveland this season.

Shumpert has played just 13 games this season for Cleveland due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. He makes $10.3 million this season with a player option for the 2018-19 season at $11 million. At 27-year-old, there is a chance he would opt out of his deal next season, which would save the Kings a lot of money.

Sacramento would have to either throw in an additional player or waive a someone to make the deal work.

This proposed deal is very similar to the options outlined here.

Gameday: Kings in Orlando looking to snap eight-game skid

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Gameday: Kings in Orlando looking to snap eight-game skid

Looking for a little luck. The Sacramento Kings have dropped eight straight and there appears to be no end to their season-long road trip. Next up on the docket is the Orlando Magic.

Sacramento made a game of it Monday night in Charlotte before falling late to the Hornets. They Kings’ youth movement is in full swing, but it’s been a bumpy ride. Skal Labissiere had a breakout 23 point game and De’Aaron Fox added 16 points and seven assists, but it wasn’t enough to snap the losing streak.

The Magic are coming off their biggest win of the season Sunday against the Celtics. They started the year 8-4, but Orlando is just 6-28 since. They are young and have plenty of pieces to build around, but they just can’t seem to put it all together.

BETTING LINE

Magic by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Aaron Gordon -- In his fourth season in the league, Gordon is blowing up. The high flier is finally living up to his billing coming out of college, even showing newfound range from the outside. Cauley-Stein is finding his game as well. He’s a year behind Gordon in NBA experience, but this should be a fun matchup against two extremely long athletes.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 13-33, last place in Pacific

Magic: 14-32, last place in Southeast

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) probable, PF/C Zach Randolph (sore left knee) out for season, PG Frank Mason III (right heel) out, Harry Giles (knee rehab) out for the season.

Magic: SF Jonathan Isaac (ankle) out, SG Terrence Ross (knee) out, C Nikola Vucevic (hand) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Youth on Display -- Both of these teams are loaded with young talent. They are both struggling through the dog days of the NBA schedule, but they can beat anyone on any given night. It’s frustrating, but it’s the mark of a young team.

Build on Success -- The Kings haven’t had a lot of success as a team, but individually, we are seeing signs of growth. In the first 10 games of 2018, the minutes have increased and so have the numbers for the young core. It’s about team in the end, but the Kings need to see what they have.

Go for the Win -- Eight straight is brutal. Young players need to see that their hard work is paying off. Numbers are one way to judge improvement, but a win would do a lot to help the growth of this team.

SERIES HISTORY

The Kings and Magic split the season series 1-1 last season. Sacramento holds a 29-27 lead all-time over Orlando.