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Kings, Brooks agree on contract in principle

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Kings, Brooks agree on contract in principle

The Sacramento Kings and free agent guard Aaron Brooks agreed in principle to a contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The news came minutes after the team waived center Hassan Whiteside.

Terms of Brooks' contract were not disclosed, but it is reportedly a two-year deal that averages 3.3 million per season.

Were really excited about the prospect of Aaron joining the team, said Petrie. The fact that hes chosen to play for the Kings makes us feel good about what hell be able to provide to us on the court. Aarons another young player who brings a lot of speed, quickness, experience and scoring ability.

The Houston Rockets selected Brooks with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, after a four-year career at Oregon.

During his senior season in Eugene, Brooks averaged 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, led the Ducks to the Elite 8, and was named an AP Third-Team All-American.

As a rookie with the Rockets, Brooks appeared in 51 games, averaging 5.2 points in just under 12 minutes a contest.

Those numbers improved significantly in his second season, where Brooks averaged 11.2 points and three assists in 25 minutes per game.

In year three, Brooks put it all together. The diminutive point guard started all 82 games for Houston, registering 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game.

Following his breakout season, Brooks was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

However, his time in Houston didn't last long. Just 34 games into the 2010-2011 season, Brooks was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragic and a 2011 first-round draft pick.

In 25 games with the Suns (only five starts), Brooks averaged 9.6 points and 4.2 assists in a backup role to Steve Nash.

During the NBA Lockout, Brooks took his game to China and did not return once a new CBA was orchestrated. He remained overseas and led the Guandong Southern Tigers of the China Basketball Association to the Finals while leading the team in points (22.3), assists (4.8) and steals (1.9) per game this past season.

Fox bangs knees with Towns, ruled out with quad contusion

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Fox bangs knees with Towns, ruled out with quad contusion

Rookie down. De’Aaron Fox banged knees with Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns in the first quarter Thursday evening at the Target Center. The Kings’ 19-year-old point guard was diagnosed with a right quadricep contusion and was ruled out.

Fox has played in all 28 games for Sacramento this season, posting 10 points and 3.9 assists in 26.3 minutes per game coming into Thursday evening. He left the game after just seven minutes of action, finishing with two points, two assists and two turnovers.

The fifth overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft will likely be listed as day-to-day moving forward.

Gameday: Kings start four-game road trip against T'Wolves

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Gameday: Kings start four-game road trip against T'Wolves

The Sacramento Kings hit the road for another trip across the country beginning Thursday in Minnesota. They’ll face a Timberwolves team that is finally living up to their talent level after a couple of disappointing seasons. 

Sacramento is coming off a home win against the Suns on Tuesday, but the road has been unkind this season. Veteran George Hill stepped up big against Phoenix after missing the previous game due to personal reasons. The Kings need more from their big free agent signing. 

Minnesota is coming off an overtime loss to the 76ers on Tuesday, but they have a formidable starting lineup and a chance to snap their 13-season playoff drought this year. The offseason additions of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague have made a huge impact for the T-Wolves, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

LINE 

Timberwolves by 10

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 9-18 fourth in the Pacific

T-Wolves: 16-12 first in the Northwest

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Karl-Anthony Towns -- These two know each other well from their season together at Kentucky. Towns has developed into a perennial 20 and 10 guy for Minnesota. Cauley-Stein is finding another gear with the Kings. They’ll see plenty of time against one another Thursday at the Target Center.

INJURY REPORT 

Kings:  PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) is out until January at the earliest.

T-Wolves:  PF Nemanja Bjelica (foot) out, C Justin Patton (toe) out. 

SERIES HISTORY 

Sacramento won the season-series 3-1 last season, including an April 1 victory over the Timberwolves at the Target Center. Minnesota holds a slight lead in the all-time series 54-53.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

More George -- George Hill has struggled both on and off the court early in the 2017-18 campaign, but he came alive against the Suns. Sacramento needs the 31-year-old point guard to find some consistency and start leading the starting unit. 

Bench Dominance -- Sacramento leads the NBA in bench scoring at 49.7 points per game and they’ll need the second unit to come up big if they hope to knock off the Wolves. Minnesota’s reserves score just 25.7 points per game which ranks 28th in the league. If the Kings starters can keep it close, the bench might be enough to put them over the top.

Make the T-Wolves Work -- Minnesota has improved on the defensive end, but they still allow 106.7 points per game. If the Kings can push the tempo and make the Wolves work on the defensive end, they can make life difficult.