Jackson, Giles pave the way for Kings' first Summer League win

Jackson, Giles pave the way for Kings' first Summer League win

The Sacramento Kings picked up their first win of the Summer League in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon, knocking off the Memphis Grizzlies by a final of 94-80. With the victory, the Kings improved to 2-4 overall on the summer.

Wins and losses don’t mean much, but there are plenty of items to glean from the games. Here are five takeaways as the Kings move towards the elimination phase of the tournament.

- Justin Jackson looks great as a primary scorer. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely he’ll have that role when the regular season starts in October. As a focal point, Jackson dropped in 20 points or more for the fourth time in six games. He shot an impressive 8-of-13 from the field and knocked down 2-of-4 from long range on his way to a 20-point, two-rebound performance. 

- Harry Giles is gaining momentum. The Kings haven’t had a player like Giles since Ron Artest. The 20-year-old big plays the game with an intensity and force that Sacramento desperately needs. He still makes plenty of rookie mistakes, but his defensive acumen is off the charts, especially for a player that’s sat for most of the last three seasons. He posted his second double-double of the summer, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of action. In three games in Vegas, Giles is averaging 12 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes a contest.

- Frank Mason has struggled to find his footing while running the show, but he looked better against the Grizzlies. The second-year point guard managed to score 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting and chipped in 13 assists. Mason currently ranks third in assist during the Las Vegas Summer League at eight dimes per game. He’s struggled to get his offense going, but he’s setting up his teammates well and he turned the ball over just once in 26 minutes of action.

- The Kings are loaded at the center and power forward positions, but Zach Auguste looks like a player worth giving a longer look. The 25-year-old out of Notre Dame scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and added a block and a steal in 19 minutes of action. He’s mobile, rebounds and has a nice post game. The Kings only have two roster spots open for the regular season, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to offer Auguste an invite to training camp and possibly a look in Stockton this season. 

- Anthony Brown and Matt Jones both contributed to the Kings’ win. At 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, Brown has good size for the wing spot. He’s bounced in and out of the league over the past three seasons after being taken in the early second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. Jones spent last season with the Bighorns after going undrafted out of Duke in 2017. He can shoot the rock, but the Kings are set at the shooting guard position. 

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Basketball season is just around the corner. Well, maybe not. We’re still nearly five weeks away from the opening of training camp for the 2018-19 season, and the regular season doesn’t begin until mid-October. 

On Friday, the NBA announced the 82 game schedule for all 30 teams, including the Sacramento Kings, who will open the season at home Oct. 17 against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts from this season’s campaign.

•    For the second season in a row, the Kings will play only one set of five-games-in-seven-nights, and that comes at the tail end of March and into early April. This is part of the NBA’s new plan of allowing players more time to rest. The league has eliminated the dreaded four-games-in-five-nights grouping from the schedule as well.

•    Sacramento will have 14 sets of back-to-backs, two shy of last season’s total of 16 sets. Of those 14 sets, one is home-and-home, seven are away-and-away, two are away-and-home and four are home-and-away.

•    After a balanced November and December schedule, the Kings will hit the road for their longest trip away from home in mid-January, stopping in Charlotte, Detroit, Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis and Los Angeles (Clippers) from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27. 

•    The Kings’ longest homestand will be six games and come on the heels of their longest road trip. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, Sacramento will host the Hawks, 76ers, Spurs, Rockets, Heat and Suns at Golden 1 Center. 

•    Sacramento will play seven of its first 10 games away from Golden 1 Center. With plenty of new faces expected to see time in the rotation, the young Kings will have to learn on the fly while traveling around the NBA landscape.   

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There are plenty of games to look forward to as well, beginning with opening night. There are old faces in new places and plenty of intrigue.

•    Sacramento will match up with the two-time reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors four times this season. The initial battle is set for Nov. 24 at Oracle, with a follow-up three weeks on Dec. 14 at Golden 1 Center. The teams will meet again Jan. 5 at Golden 1 and then finish the series in the first game coming out of the All-Star break on Feb. 21. It likely won’t happen early in the season, but at some point, former Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins will make his debut as a member of the Warriors, which should be fun to watch.

•    The Kings will face off with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers four times as well, beginning on Nov. 11 at home. The Lakers have made substantial changes to their roster, including the addition of LeBron James. These teams will play each other again twice in late December before completing the series March 24 in L.A. 

•    Isaiah Thomas joined forces during the offseason with former Kings coach Michael Malone in Denver. Sacramento will play the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 23 and then again on Jan. 3 at Golden 1 Center and Feb. 13 back in Denver.

•    The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 4 to get their first look at No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton when they travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to face the Suns. They’ll see No. 3 overall selection Luka Doncic on Dec. 16 when they stop over in Dallas for a game against the Mavs.

Below is the complete Kings 2018-19 schedule, with all times local to where the game is played:

Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III


Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

Second-year Sacramento Kings pro Frank Mason III is being sued by rap star Lil Wayne. Seriously. 

The 24-year-old guard is being sued for $92,000 and must give back his Young Money diamond chain, according to TMZ Sports.

Before the Kings selected Mason in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Lil Wayne's agency, Young Money APAA Sports Group, signed the former Kansas star. The agency reportedly gave Mason $40,000 in advance, paid his pre-draft expenses which totaled $52,000 and gave him an $11,000 diamond chain. 

However, Mason's contract reportedly stated if he left the agency, Mason would have to repay the money and give back the chain. This past April, Mason left the agency. 

Mason signed a three-year, $4,181,147 contract with the Kings after the 2017 draft. He is guaranteed $2,562,627.