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De'Aaron Fox, Nike announce May 31 release of "SWIPA" Air Max 1

De'Aaron Fox, Nike announce May 31 release of "SWIPA" Air Max 1

Kings guard De'Aaaron Fox is a former McDonald's All-American, an SEC Tournament MVP, a top-five NBA draft pick, and now a ... shoe designer.

The 20-year-old, a Nike athlete, collaborated with the sneaker giant to on the "SWIPA" Nike Air Max 1 that will release on May 31. 

The shoes are different colors, as the left sneaker boasts a red, white and black colorway, while the right is orange and blue. Both shoes feature Fox's No. 5 on the tongue, math equations on the inside and a "SWIPA" wordmark on the heel.

"SWIPA" is a nod to Fox's social-media handles, which in and of itself are nods to the "Dora the Explorer" character Swiper.

[RELATED: Breaking down De'Aaron Fox's sophomore campaign]

The fictitious fox shares a color scheme with the basketball-playing one's right shoe, suggesting the references to a children television's program go even deeper than the name. There is no word yet if the shoes come with a matching backpack (backpack), a talking map or Fox's Most Improved Player pitch, but we'll find out when they drop at the end of the month. 

Kings vs. Melbourne United live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game

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Kings vs. Melbourne United live stream: How to watch NBA preseason game

The Sacramento Kings opened their preseason slate internationally with two games in India, and in a sense, they will close the preseason with an international flavor. 

Sacramento will host Melbourne United of the National Basketball League on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. 

But the Kings will be without key players in point guard De'Aaron Fox and big man Harry Giles, among others. Here is the Kings' full injury report. 

Two Kings vying for a big payday will be on the court, though. Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic will try to prove they're worth large contract extensions before the Oct. 21 deadline. 

[RELATED: Report: Hield, Kings $20M apart in contract extension talks]

Here's how you can watch the Kings play Melbourne United in their final preseason game, exclusively on the MyTeams app.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. 
Live Stream: MyTeams app

NBA rumors: Buddy Hield, Kings $20M apart in contract extension talks

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NBA rumors: Buddy Hield, Kings $20M apart in contract extension talks

The Kings and shooting guard Buddy Hield reportedly aren't seeing eye-to-eye right now.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Wednesday that Hield and the Kings are $20 million apart in talks of a contract extension. According to Haynes, the Kings have made a substantial four-year, $90 million contract extension offer to Hield. But Sacramento’s sharpshooter reportedly is looking for something closer to a four-year, $110 million extension from the team.

The reported divide between the two sides is large, although not insurmountable. If the figures are correct, Sacramento basically is offering $5 million per year less than what Hield is asking for. There might be room for some common ground in between these two figures.

The two sides have until Oct. 21 to come to an agreement on an extension. If they don’t, Hield will enter next summer as a restricted free agent, if the team extends a $6.5 million qualifying offer.

Once the qualifying offer is extended, the Kings would have the right to match any offer for the 26-year-old guard.

In his third NBA season, Hield led the Kings in scoring at 20.7 points per game. He also established a new NBA record for most 3-pointers through three seasons, hitting a team-record 278 triples last season to push his career total to 602.

Hield is the first of four members of the team's young core to come up for extension over the next 24 months. Bogdan Bogdanovic is eligible for a four-year, $51.7 million extension, but he has until June 30 to either accept the deal or head into the summer as a restricted free agent.

De’Aaron Fox also becomes eligible for an extension next summer, and the Kings face the same fate with Marvin Bagley in the summer of 2021.

Fox was clear last week that he would love to see the Kings keep Hield and the rest of the team's young players together. Hield also has made it known he would like to stay in Sacramento.

Kings general manager Vlade Divac and his staff have done a quality job of keeping salary cap flexibility over the last few seasons with an eye on this moment. The only contract they have that is guaranteed beyond 2021 is forward Harrison Barnes, who the team inked to a new four-year, $85 million declining value deal in July.

Hield and the Kings have five days to work something out. If not, they have to table the discussion until after the season.