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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Suns

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Suns

The Sacramento Kings opened their 2017 Las Vegas Summer League schedule Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. It was a wild up and down game, with plenty of high-end talent on both sides of the ball. Here are five takeaways from the Kings 89-85 loss to the Suns.

-- De’Aaron Fox is fast. It was understood when the Kings drafted Fox with the fifth overall selection that he was one of, if not the quickest player in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old point guard swiped a steal early in the game and took it coast-to-coast. He took the Suns off the dribble and was so fast around the corner he lost a shoe. The rookie point guard showed flashes of brilliance, finishing the night with 18 points, four assists and five steals in 27 minutes of action. He hit jumpers and even played off the ball alongside fellow rookie Frank Mason.

-- Justin Jackson is as advertised. Smooth on the offensive end, the rookie out of North Carolina looks ready to compete for minutes in training camp. He’ll need to get stronger on the defensive end, but the 22-year-old wing scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including a pair of triples in his debut. He hit jumpers off screens and used a head and shoulder fake to get in the paint where he finished with some fancy floaters.

-- Buddy Hield doesn’t belong in Summer League. The second-year guard struggled with his shot in his 18 minutes of action, scoring 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting. It was nice of him to show up to play with his new teammates, but Hield is an NBA regular, not a player who needs to prove something in Vegas. Don’t be shocked if he watches from the sidelines later in the tournament.

-- Georgios Papagiannis looks like a different player. The giant out of Greece turned 20 earlier in the week and he’s shed major pounds since the season ended in mid-April. He didn’t have a big night statistically, unless you’re counting personal and technical fouls, but he dominated the glass for stretches and the Kings are cautiously optimistic about the 7-foot-1 center.

-- Malachi Richardson’s transition to the three is going to take time. With the additions of Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Richardson needs to steal minutes at the small forward position if he wants to get on the floor. He held his own against rookie Josh Jackson, but he looked uncomfortable for stretches. The second-year wing needs to do more than just score if he hopes fend off Justin Jackson, who looked very nice in his debut.

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.