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Reports: Joe Johnson signing with Rockets after buyout with Kings

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Reports: Joe Johnson signing with Rockets after buyout with Kings

SACRAMENTO -- Joe Johnson, we hardly knew you. Reports early Saturday morning have the veteran wing in agreement of a buyout with the Sacramento Kings. 

According to multiple national reports, the seven-time All-Star will join the Houston Rockets once he’s cleared waivers from Sacramento.

Included in the Thursday’s three-team deal with the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Kings understood that a buyout was the likely outcome for the 36-year-old Johnson. It might even have been the reason they had him included in the deal.

“We knew looking at certain veterans that we’d have a set of options,” Brandon Williams said of Johnson following the trade. “No surprise to anybody in the room that veteran at that stage (of their career) might be looking at playoff teams. I think we think the same thing. So strategically, it’s right in line.”

The 17-year veteran posted 7.3 points per game over 32 games for the Utah Jazz this season. Once the buyout is complete, Sacramento will have an open roster spot to work with. 

Johnson joins an elite club that includes Sam Cassell, Larry Hughes, Roger Mason and Marquis Daniels. All of these players were acquired by the Kings at the trade deadline only to never play a game in purple and black. 

After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

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After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston in front of his hometown crowd put everything on hold.

After being evaluated by the Kings medical staff this morning in Sacramento, the team has tentatively cleared their young guard for action in this weekend’s All-Star festivities. 

“Barring any changes in his condition, Fox is expected to play in the Risings Stars Game in L.A. on Friday evening,” the team said via text.  

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Game together, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.

De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

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De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

Good news, bad news. De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston has everything on hold.

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

There is no word yet from the team on his availability going forward, including Friday’s Rising Stars game in LA. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are all scheduled to play in the Rising Stars game, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.