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Kings testing new backcourt twist in Summer League

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Kings testing new backcourt twist in Summer League

LAS VEGAS, NV -- There is an interesting development happening with the Sacramento Kings Summer League team. De’Aaron Fox is playing plenty of minutes as the starting point guard, but he’s also getting a look off the ball alongside fellow rookie Frank Mason. 

“I like it, it’s a really good adjustment for me, for us,” coach Jason March said about the dual point guard look during his postgame media scrum. “I could go with it for longer amount of time, but we’ve got other guys out there.”

It’s a valuable experience for both Fox and Mason that may pay dividends during the regular season when veteran George Hill is thrown in the mix. In the battle for playing time, versatility is imperative. If Fox can play a few minutes at both guard positions, it may open up some time for Mason.

"I think we both create a lot plays for our teammates," Fox said. "We’re both quick and I think we play really we together."

"We do a good job of playing off each other whenever we’re in there together," Mason added.

The duo did a nice job of breaking the Memphis Grizzlies down off the dribble and hitting open shooters on the perimeter. Unfortunately for their assist totals, both Justin Jackson and Buddy Hield had off nights from long range.

“We missed a lot of shots, I give props to Justin Jackson, he went 0-for-9, but he just kept shooting it,” Skal Labissiere said. “A lot of guys would go 0-for-2, 0-for-3 and stop shooting and I’m sure that’s not comfortable for him to keep doing it, but he kept shooting it. That speaks volumes about him. We want him to keep shooting and eventually they’ll start falling.”

Labissiere was off by one 3-pointer, but who’s counting. Jackson went 0-for-8 from the three and 2-of-13 overall, while Hield went 1-of-5 from deep. It’s hard to create space and driving lanes when the shots aren’t falling.

The Kings get another shot to pick up their first Summer League victory Monday night when they face Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Vince Carter sighting

Eight-time All-Star Vince Carter dropped by Cox Pavilion on Sunday to meet some of his new teammates. The 40-year-old drew a huge crowd everywhere he went as fans tried to get autographs. Carter, along with Hill and Zach Randolph are expected to be announced as free agent signings by the Kings Monday in Las Vegas.

Hamstrung in Vegas

Malachi Richardson entered Cox Pavilion wearing a Kings polo shirt instead of his usual warm-up gear Sunday evening. The second-year wing missed the second half of last season with a hamstring tear and on his last shot Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, he felt a spasm in the same hamstring. Sacramento will take a cautious approach to injury, leaving Richardson’s availability for the rest of Summer League is in question.

Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

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Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

SACRAMENTO - All hands on deck. The Sacramento Kings open the 2017-18 schedule Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center and it looks like they might do so with a full arsenal of players at their disposal.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox returned to practice on Sunday and then participated in the team’s annual Fanfest. If his dance moves are any indication, the 19-year-old’s back is feeling just fine.

Veteran George Hill tweaked his groin Friday against the Golden State Warriors, leaving his availability for opening night in question. Hill, 31, who has a history of groin injuries, was on the court Monday practicing and said he is ready to play.

“Everything is feeling good right now,” Hill said Monday following practice.

The only player who didn’t practice on Monday is rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, who sprained his right ankle against the Warriors. According to head coach Dave Joerger,  the team is hopeful that the Serbian sharpshooter will return in time for Game 1.

“We’re still shooting for Wednesday for both of them,” Joerger said of Hill and Bogdanovic.

New look Rockets

The Rockets went 55-27 last season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, but that didn’t stop them from going all in during the offseason. With MVP runner-up James Harden already manning the backcourt, Houston added nine-time All-Star Chris Paul as their new starting point guard.

“Leadership, he’s a floor general,” Hill said about Paul. “Anywhere he goes, he’ll make a team better. We know they were already a good team without him, coming in with him is going to be a bigger task.”

It’s a new look roster and the expectations are huge for the Rockets. Houston averaged 115.3 points per game last season and led the league in both 3-point attempts and makes. This season, they also added two strong perimeter defenders in P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s a huge test coming out of the gate for Sacramento. Following the contest against the Rockets, the Kings hit the road for three straight before returning to Golden 1 next Thursday to face DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans.


Camp notes

With the season just around the corner, the Sacramento Kings made their final roster cuts on Sunday afternoon. David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn were waived, leaving the Kings with 15 rostered players and two two-way players in Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson.

Stockton, Jones and Hearn are all expected to join the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s G-League.

Kings waive three players days before season opener

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Kings waive three players days before season opener

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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