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Buddy Hield breaks Damian Lillard's NBA 3-point record in Kings' finale

Buddy Hield breaks Damian Lillard's NBA 3-point record in Kings' finale

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Records were made to be broken. Buddy Hield did just that.

The Kings guard tied Damian Lillard's NBA record of 599 made 3-pointers in the first three years of his career during Sunday’s home finale in Sacramento. Hield then launched and hit another long-range shot with 9:22 remaining in the first quarter during Wednesday night's season finale against Lillard's Portland Trail Blazers to establish a new benchmark with 600.

It appeared Hield would set the record at home against the Pelicans, but he missed his first five looks before dropping in his 274th 3-pointer of the season. That shot moved him to within one of Lillard. Hield hit his second 3-ball of the game with a little over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to tie Lillard, who three days later watched his record fall in person.

Hield's shot also moved him into a tie with Warriors star Klay Thompson for the seventh-most 3-point makes in an NBA season with 276.

Hield is having a breakout season for Sacramento. The former University of Oklahoma star came into Wednesday’s finale as the Kings’ leading scorer, posting 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.1 minutes per game.

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

When the Kings agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract with center Dewayne Dedmon at the start of free agency this summer, it seemed like a small move compared to the rest of the craziness in the NBA.

Nevermind that, though. The former Hawk could be the perfect fit in Sacramento. Just ask the player he's replacing. 

“I think it fits better for them in that role for what they want -- shooting 3s, rim protecting, all that,” former Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein recently told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “Obviously, they felt I didn’t do a good job at it. I think (Dedmon) is one of the good ones in the league who does that, so for them I think that’s a big-time move.”

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.4 million deal with the Warriors this offseason when the Kings made him an unrestricted free agent. He's expected to play the rim-running role that JaVale McGee previously occupied. Dedmon will have a much different role on the Kings. 

Dedmon, who turns 30 in August, didn't attempt a single 3-point shot the first four seasons of his six-year NBA career. That changed two seasons ago in Atlanta. The 7-footer put up 133 3-point shots during the past two seasons and made 38.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season. 

Cauley-Stein, by comparison, only has four 3-pointers to his name in his four-year NBA career. He's only attempted 18 and isn't seen as a reliable shooter. 

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The Kings are expected to shoot plenty of shots from deep this season under new head coach Luke Walton. Even as the big man down low, Dedmon will be called upon to let it fly from long distance. 

“I like to get up and down the floor and shoot 3s,” Dedmon said to The Bee. “It’s definitely something I look forward to. That fast pace, getting up and down the floor, running, catching lobs, shooting some 3s, it’s going to be fun.”

Source: Rookie Isaiah Pineiro, Kings agree to one-year contract

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Source: Rookie Isaiah Pineiro, Kings agree to one-year contract

The Kings must have liked what they saw out of undrafted rookie Isaiah Pineiro during the Las Vegas Summer League.

NBC Sports Bay Area's James Ham has confirmed that Pineiro and the Kings have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract.

The Athletic's Michael Scotto was first to report news of the agreement.

Pinerio averaged 4.6 points per game during Summer League action.

Pineiro, who graduated from the University of San Diego last spring, grew up in the Kings' backyard. The 24-year-old hails from Auburn, Calif. and grew up routing for the Kings.

"It’s a little surreal. You grow up with a really close hometown team and you see them playing all the time,” Pineiro told Kings.com. “So, to put on that jersey – it’s a good feeling.”

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If Pineiro sticks with the Kings, he'll likely spend most of the 2019-20 season working on his game with the G League Stockton Kings.