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NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors, Kings chasing Clippers after free agency

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NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors, Kings chasing Clippers after free agency

Welcome to a special post-free agency version of the NBA Power Rankings!

The draft is behind us and the free-agent market is dwindling down. In one of the craziest offseasons in recent memory, the league has shuffled the deck and new super powers have emerged.

The Warriors no longer are the top dog out West and the up-and-coming Kings have some more work to do. 

Click to see an early look at where teams stand with plenty of summer remaining. 

Kings elect to sign second-round pick Kyle Guy to two-way contract

Kings elect to sign second-round pick Kyle Guy to two-way contract

You never get a second chance to make a first impression and rookie Kyle Guy has made a nice showing both at the California Classic and in his first game in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Kings are ready to reward him.

The Kings announced Sunday morning that they’ve signed the 21-year-old guard to one of their two-way contracts.

Taken with the 55th overall pick out of Virginia, Guy is coming off his best game of the summer. He dropped in 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added five assists in the Kings’ 94-77 win over China on Saturday evening and appears to be getting comfortable at the next level.

By signing him to a two-way contract, the Kings retain his rights and are allowed to bring him up from the Stockton Kings of the G League a total of 45 days during the season.

When with the parent club, Guy will receive a prorated share of a rookie scale contract and can make upwards of $400,000.

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There is no early word on what the Kings plan to do with fellow second rounder, Justin James. Selected with the 40th overall pick, James has been slow to get his offensive game going, but he played well in the team’s win over China, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Guy becomes the Kings’ second two-way player under contract. Forward Wenyen Gabriel signed a two-year two-way contract last summer and has played well in the summer tournaments so far.

Kyle Guy heats up in Las Vegas, leads Kings to NBA Summer League victory

Kyle Guy heats up in Las Vegas, leads Kings to NBA Summer League victory

The Kings are off to a good start in Sin City.

Sacramento's summer league squad put up a solid showing Saturday evening in their opening matchup of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament, besting an international team from China, 94-77.

Rookie Kyle Guy led the way for Sacramento, dropping in 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the line. Guy added five assists and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

“Everyone’s a grown man, the play is a lot bigger, stronger, faster,” Guy told NBA TV about his adjustment to the pros following the win. “Nothing you can’t get acclimated to, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

In addition to Guy, fellow second-rounder Justin James posted his best offensive performance of the summer. The guard out of Wyoming scored 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds.

James struggled to get his scoring going during the California Classic, but he looked more comfortable against the team from China.

With Caleb Swanigan on the shelf with a quad contusion, Wenyen Gabriel started at center for the Kings, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Big man Eric Mika continued his strong play for Sacramento, chipping in nine points, seven rebounds and three steals off the bench. Point guard Semaj Christon added 13 points and five assists.

Ailun Gua knocked down 8-of-16 from the field to lead China with 20 points. Yanyuhang Ding added 10 points and four rebounds in the loss.

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With the win, the Kings moved to 1-0 for the tournament. They’ll play again on Monday afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks.

Following the contest against the Mavs, the team has a planned press conference in Vegas to introduce new free-agent additions Cory Joseph, Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza and Richaun Holmes.