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Kings free agent forward agrees to terms with Spurs

Kings free agent forward agrees to terms with Spurs

Update (6:57 p.m.): The Spurs officially signed Rudy Gay, as the team announced on their Twitter page

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Rudy Gay opted out of $14 million on his final year of his contract with the Sacramento Kings to become a free agent. The veteran small forward will make a lot less money with his new team. 

On Thursday, Gay reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Spurs, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Gay's deal is for $17 million-plus over the two years, and it includes a player option. 

In the 2016-17 season, Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

He only appeared in 30 games after rupturing his left Achilles on Jan. 18 against the Pacers. 

Kings takeaways: What we learned in scrappy 110-106 win over Mavericks

Kings takeaways: What we learned in scrappy 110-106 win over Mavericks

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After a devastating overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday evening, the Sacramento Kings almost had a replay Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. After leading by 20 at the half, the Kings melted down in the fourth quarter.

Luka Doncic missed a runner in the final seconds that would have tied the game and Richaun Holmes ripped down a rebound to help preserve the 110-106 win for Sacramento. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down nine 3-pointers to keep the Mavs in the game and Doncic dropped in a near triple-double performance, but it wasn’t enough to come away with the win. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings surprised the Mavericks on their home floor to improve to 9-13 on the season.  

The other European

Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Bogdan Bogdanovic are three of the best European players in the NBA. On Sunday in Dallas, it was another Euro who stole the show early.

Bjelica couldn’t miss in the first half, scoring 17 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting. And he didn’t stop there.

The Kings’ starting power forward tied his career-high of 30 points on 13-for-18 from the field and 4-of-7 from long range. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists to help propel the Kings to victory.

Good Buddy

Buddy Hield has been all over the place this season. He’s struggled with his shot selection, missed open looks and had a few mental lapses on defense as well. That was not the player that started against the Mavs.

After a tough outing against the Spurs, Hield lit up the Mavs for 26 points on 5-for-6 from 3-point range. 

Maybe more important than the shooting, Hield set up his teammates for five assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Value the ball

Despite playing at the slowest pace in the league, the Kings rank 19th in the league in turnovers at 15.7 per game. Against Dallas, they valued the ball and it made a tremendous impact on the outcome of the game.

Sacramento turned the ball over just four times through three quarters and then came undone late to all the Mavericks back in the game.

In the final 12 minutes, the Kings had a pair of 24-second shot clock violations. They made a few bad passes and they picked up two offensive fouls. In total, they turned the ball over seven times in the fourth to finish the game with 11.

Source: Kings' Marvin Bagley (thumb) out vs. Luka Doncic, Mavericks

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Source: Kings' Marvin Bagley (thumb) out vs. Luka Doncic, Mavericks

The Marvin Bagley-Luka Doncic matchup is going to have to wait until Jan. 15 at the earliest. Bagley (broken right thumb) will not play Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks at the Amerian Airlines Center, a league source told NBC Sports California.

Bagley came into Sunday questionable as he attempts to return from the injury that has cost him the last 20 games.

The second-year pro is a huge unknown for the Kings at this point. Bagley's approaching the seven-week mark in his rehab. He was cleared Thursday to resume full-contact basketball activities, but getting practice in is difficult during the busy NBA schedule.

In his second season, Doncic, who was selected third overall behind Bagley, has developed into an NBA superstar and MVP candidate. Sacramento passed on the talented Slovenian guard during the 2018 NBA Draft, choosing Bagley with the No. 2 overall selection.

Doncic is averaging an incredible 30.1 points, 10 rebounds and 9.2 assists in 33.4 minutes per game for coach Rick Carlisle.  The 20-year-old has also led the Mavericks to a 16-6 record, which was second in the Western Conference entering Sunday. 

In addition to Bagley, the Kings continue to play without De’Aaron Fox, who suffered a grade 3 ankle sprain and a bone bruise back on Nov. 11. The Kings’ starting point guard is expected to be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks, but is ahead of schedule.

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Cory Joseph, who has started the last 12 games for Sacramento, was a game-time decision but is in the Kings' starting lineup again Sunday.