SACRAMENTO -- October 31 is the deadline for teams to make difficult decisions on team options for rookie-scale contracts. Most options are a mere formality, others require plenty of conversation.
The Sacramento Kings announced that the team has exercised fourth-year contract options on De’Aaron Fox and the third-year option on Marvin Bagley, as expected. The Kings passed on Caleb Swanigan’s fourth-year option and in a surprise move, they also declined to pick up Harry Giles’ fourth season.
According to an NBA source, the Kings love Giles and will continue to support his development. This decision also doesn’t preclude Giles from being an important part of their future.
Giles has missed the first five games of the 2019-20 season due to a sore left knee. The 21-year-old big man has undergone three surgeries on his knees, including ACL tears in both knees as a prep athlete.
After redshirting his rookie season, Giles averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 58 games last season. His year ended with a quad contusion and he missed both summer league and all of training camp due to a sore knee.
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With the Kings passing on Giles’ $4 million option, he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and has the ability to sign with any team in the NBA. Swanigan, who has played sparingly since coming over in a deadline deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, also fall under the same set of circumstances.
It’s going down in Orlando … in a bubble.
The Kings have arrived at the NBA restart at Walt Disney World in Florida, and it’s truly a bubble by the looks of it.
Center Richaun Holmes was asking Twitter for suggestions on what to binge-watch while he waits for games to begin. After all, they’ll be there for quite a while -- at least five weeks.
Guard Yogi Ferrell was bringing his followers into his workouts from his balcony on Instagram Live:
Bogdan Bogdanovic showed off some of the scenery that the players get to take in:
The main NBA Twitter account noticed their arrival as well:
The #BubbleLife is beginning to take shape and the Kings have received their practice schedule and will start on Friday afternoon at the Coronado Fiesta. That will be the first time the team will be able to meet up as a group.
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For now, they’re able to participate in weight training, begin teammate meetings and have individual workouts.
The Kings’ first scheduled scrimmage is against the Miami Heat on July 22.
Practice? Are we talking about practice?
The Sacramento Kings left behind their shutdown practice facility on Wednesday morning. They headed out on a non-stop flight to the Orlando bubble where they’ll spend the next five weeks at a minimum.
They’ll head straight to their assigned rooms in The Yacht Club resort on the Disney World campus where they’ll initially be quarantined before jumping onto the practice court.
On Wednesday morning, the NBA released the practice schedule for the first few days of the bubble. The Kings will have their first practice session Friday evening at the Coronado Fiesta from 2-5 p.m. PT.
That's the first time the Kings are allowed to meet as an entire group. They are cleared to practice, hit the weight training and begin team meetings. Individual workouts are also available during this time.
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Sacramento returns to the practice court on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. PT on Coronado 2. It’s a quick 11-day build-up before the team has its first scrimmage on July 22 against the Miami Heat.
Barring a major setback, the Kings won’t have long before they are playing real games. They open their schedule on July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs and they’ll play at least every other day until the conclusion of their eight-game schedule on August 13.