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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Lakers

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV --  The Lakers pulled the plug and the ballyhooed matchup between Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox Monday night. Los Angeles chose to sit their star young point guard, which opened the door for Sacramento to pick up their first win during the 2017 Summer League schedule.  But that’s not what happened. Los Angeles jumped all over the Kings early, leading by as many as 28. Sacramento made a late run, but fell by a final of 95-92.

-- Frank Mason is finding his stride. The former Kansas Jayhawk star looked like the little engine that could against the Lakers. He broke down Los Angeles’ defense and found open shooters. With others struggling, the second-rounder gave the Kings a boost with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench.

-- Buddy Hield is all over the board. After going cold in games 1 and 2, Hield lit the Lakers up for two 3-pointers early. And then he forced the action. He’s put on himself to have a big Summer League appears to be wearing on the second-year guard. He caught fire late, knocking down four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 22 points.

-- Justin Jackson is a nice asset to have. In today’s NBA, it’s refreshing to see a player who can play without the ball in his hands. After going 0-of-8 from long range on Sunday, the 22-year-old forward finished with 16 points on 7-for-16 from field. While he shot just 2-of-6 from deep, he plays the game under control and with confidence. That third year at UNC is paying off early.

-- De’Aaron Fox knows how to silence a crowd. With Laker fans chanting “over-rated” in the first half, Fox ran right by his defender for a lay-up. There might not be a faster player in the league. He needs to get his teammates involved, but Kings fans should be excited about their prized top five pick.

-- Ignoring your bigs is ill-advised. Georgios Papagiannis has struggled big time in Las Vegas and Skal Labissiere has been a non-factor in game 3. Sacramento over-dribbled on the perimeter and forced up bad shots, limiting their starting power forward and center to a combined nine shots, none of which found the bottom of the net.

Divac explains why Bagley over Doncic was an 'easy choice' for Kings

Divac explains why Bagley over Doncic was an 'easy choice' for Kings

SACRAMENTO -- Deliberate. Calculated. Secretive. The Sacramento Kings held the NBA in suspense throughout the 2018 NBA Draft process. It wasn’t until Thursday morning that anyone knew for sure what Vlade Divac and his group were going to do and even then, there was a possibility of a last minutes swap.

With the second overall pick the Kings selected Duke big man Marvin Bagley III. According to Divac, Sacramento focused on the 19-year-old leaper early in the draft process.

“He’s a guy who works hard, wants to improve, learn, coachable, good teammate, checks all the boxes of what we want,” Divac said.

Bagley tore up the ACC in his lone season as a Blue Devil and has been vocal about his want to be the first overall selection. He reiterated that desire on his post draft phone call with Sacramento media members on Thursday.

“That’s just the kind of player I am, I have confidence in my game,” Bagley said. “I still think I’m the best player in the draft and I stand by that. I put a lot of work into it and I’m glad I’ll be able to show it with Sacramento and I’m super excited.”

With Bagley in tow, the Kings now have six big men, including veterans Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos, as well as young players Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles. It’s a crowded frontline that Divac will need to adress, or maybe not.

“He can play small forward,” Divac said of Bagley. “He can play 3, 4 and 5. Marvin’s a unique talent. He can play multiple positions.”

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Whether or not Bagley can play the wing is unknown at this time. He played primarily at the power forward and center position at Duke. At 6-foot-11, 234 pounds, he is a lean athlete and he shot nearly 40 percent from behind the 3-point line last season.

Much to the ire of plenty of Kings fans, Sacramento’s front office passed on Slovenian star Luka Doncic. When asked about the decision, Divac made it clear where his group ranked Bagley.

"Marvin, for us is better fit, better player. Great talent. So it was an easy choice for us," Divac said.

Bagley will land in Sacramento Friday morning. The Kings will introduce him to fans during Music in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 5pm.

He will meet with the media on Saturday for his introductory press conference, and according to Divac, fans won’t have to wait long to see him in action. The plan is for Bagley to see action in both Sacramento and Las Vegas summer league tournaments beginning in early July.

Kings trade No. 37 overall selection in 2018 NBA Draft for two future second-round picks

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Kings trade No. 37 overall selection in 2018 NBA Draft for two future second-round picks

SACRAMENTO -- With all of the fanfare focused on Marvin Bagley III, the Sacramento Kings snuck in another Duke Blue Devil with the 37th overall selection, taking guard Gary Trent Jr. with their second round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Moments later, it was announced that they had a deal in place to ship Trent to the Portland Trail Blazers for two future second round selections.

With eight players on rookie scale contracts already on the roster, plus the addition of Bagley, the Kings were expected to move off of their second-round selection this season. 

Trent, 19, averaged 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds a game as a freshman this season for Duke. He is the son of former Trail Blazers big man, Gary Trent.